Eugene F. Hackett

Eugene F. Hackett, 71 of Cranston, Rhode Island passed away peacefully on Monday December 21, 2015 surrounded by his family, including his loving and devoted wife Nancy Hackett who cared for him during his long illness. Gene was the son of the late Eugene Hackett and Mary (Moan) Hackett, also of Cranston. He graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School and Bryant College and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He spent more than 30 years as a Cranston Police Officer and then after retirement worked for the CCRI Campus Police for another 13 years. Gene was at one time the President of the Police Officers Emerald Society, a member of the West Warwick Elks and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is survived by five children, Karen Bennett of Cumming, Georgia, Christine Hackett Dietzel of Coventry, Rhode Island, Kathleen Young of Alpharetta, Georgia, William O'Donnell of Providence, Rhode Island and Jill O'Donnell of Milton, Massachusetts as well as his beloved friend Michelle McDonald of Cumberland, Rhode Island. Gene also leaves behind his brother and sister-in-law John and Patricia Hackett of Worcester, Massachusetts and his sister Major (ret.) Mary Jane Lane, USAF of Newport, Rhode Island as well as seven beautiful grandchildren whom he loved dearly Emily, Connor, Austin, Annie, Maggie, Devyn and Eleanor. The funeral will be held on Tuesday at 8:45am from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Paul Church in Cranston at 10:00am. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-7:00pm.

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Kerry Lane - 12/23/2015

I will miss him so very much he was a fantastic man and uncle!! I have many great memories and will cherish them. God Bless

Dwight Lane - 12/23/2015

Mary Jane and John your brother was a great man. He always was there for people, especially the ones he loved, He will be greatly missed.

Dolores DiMeo-Carroll - 12/23/2015

Nancy and the whole family: I hurt for you and with you. May God guide through the difficult days. Gene was one in a million, always caring and helping others. Through the years he would never let anyone down.
He died as he lived, Everyone's friend!

Ruth and Jim Casavant - 12/24/2015

May Gene rest in peace and may God be with you all at this time. God bless.

Sally O'Neill - 12/25/2015

May he rest in peace and my thoughts are with you all at this Christmas time.

Roland R Manchester - 12/25/2015

Gene was my patrol partner. he was very brave, as he helped me many times apprehending serious criminals. I will miss him very much. Rest in peace, old friend.

John Bell - 12/26/2015

My thoughts and prayers will be with you. Gene was a hell of a guy and would give you his shirt of his back if you needed it. Rest in peace Gene.

Richard Mills PPD - 12/26/2015

Mr. Hackett was our neighborhood Police Officer in the Arlington section of Cranston. He always kept us kids in line.
GOD SPEED Mr.Hackett

Timothy Carpenter - 12/26/2015

My condolences to officer Hacketts entire family. I remember him patrolling the area when I was a kid.

Betty McGowan Young - 12/26/2015

My sympathies to the Hackett. Family. I'm sure you do not remember me but I used to babysit for Gene, John and Mary Jane when they lived on Woodbine Street in Providence many years ago. They were great little kids.

Frank Zito - 12/26/2015

To the Hackett family,
Gene and I went on the Job together. I was both proud and honored to have been associated with Gene and was able to call him a friend.

robert cfay - 12/27/2015

sorry to the hackett family.gene and i went to st paul's school and bishop hendricken high school.proud to say he was a good friend.

Bob Fallon - 12/27/2015

Gene was a great guy. We went to Hendricken High together and was always a good friend in the Pawtuxet area. As I recall he was also a juvenile officer for Cranston Police and we would often reminisce in court.

Norman Lavallee - 12/27/2015

Albert K. Aubin - 12/27/2015

Gene was a good man and a good police officer. He had many interests besides his profession which kept him going. He will be missed.

Norman Lavallee - 12/27/2015

With deepest sympathy to all of Gene's family & friends! Gene covered every base. He was a great family man,friend, classmate, and protected his community for many years as an outstanding and dedicated police officer with the Cranston Police Department! Gene wishing you a well deserved Irish Blessing!

Gil Tortolani - 12/27/2015

I grew up in the same general niegborhood with Gene and went to school at Saint Paul's & Bishop Hendricken together, although we didn't hang with the same group I remember him. That's saying a lot when you pencil in the fact that I left RI. for the Calif. when I was 19. I do remember that when I would get into trouble or try to act out, or try to be the class andor do my Elvis imitations Eugene would say to me " Hey Tortolani don't believe everything you think" I never forgot that saying and still use it today.

Robert Hart - RIPOES - 12/28/2015

On behalf of the Rhode Island Police Officers Emerald Society, our deepest condolences to Gene's family and friends. We are thankful for his time with RIPOES and his dedication as President. Rest in peace

Michael Mauro - 12/28/2015

RIP brother may the good Lord keep you close and watch over your family.

Michael Mauro - 12/28/2015

RIP brother may the good Lord keep you close and watch over your family.

John Estes - 12/29/2015

Gene was one of Hendricken's finest. A man who treated others with the utmost of respect and kindness. Eternal rest, fellow classmate.

Jerry & clara-Ann Walsh - 12/29/2015

Please accept our deepest condolences on Gene's passing.He was a long time friend an d fellow Police Officer as well as our Pres.of the R.I.P.O.E S.Jerry Walsh PPD.

Mark Quinton - 01/02/2016

Gene and I were in a number of classes together. He will be remembered as one of Hendricken's finest in the class of '62. May the Hackett family find peace in thoughts of all the goodness of Gene's life.

Barbara Curley Pats Wife - 02/03/2016

Pat would have been very sorry to hear of Gene's death. He talked about him fondly about
St. Paul's and Hendricken but was very ill himself at that time and died soon after

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