Lacey Community Mourning Loss of Retired Police Officer

Officer lived in Lacey since 1972, served on police force for 25 years

Photo: Lanoka Harbor Fire Department/ Facebook
Photo: Lanoka Harbor Fire Department/ Facebook
Lacey Police Chief David A. Paprota said Wednesday that services for a retired, long-time township police officer who died recently are set for Thursday.

Officer Richard Barbosa, who served with the Lacey department for 25 years, passed away at age 66 on Dec. 27, Paprota said.

Services for Barbosa are set for Thursday, Jan, 2, with the viewing scheduled from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7:30 p.m. at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 N. Rt. 9, Forked River.

According to Paprota, Barbosa moved to Lacey in 1972 and served as a township police officer until his retirement in 2006 after 25 years of service.

"Rich will be most remembered in the department for the true love and caring he demonstrated for animals which was evident every day that he worked as a police officer in Lacey Township," he said.
The Captain January 01, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Hey, I remember him. My wife locked the keys in the car and he showed up. He was really a nice guy you could tell just by talking to him. Very sad. God bless his family.
Silver dollar January 01, 2014 at 08:12 PM
Thank you Officer Barbosa for serving our town and keeping us safe . May you rest in peace .
ZeeZee January 02, 2014 at 05:22 PM
Diane Polk January 05, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Our whole family will miss you "Big Rich"..Especially your kids!!!..May you find peace in god's arms..:(
Beth Barbosa Croken January 05, 2014 at 03:24 PM
I'm proud that you were my uncle and that you did such a good job serving the community. You will be missed. I love you Uncle Richard.
Vicki Wiederkehr Roberts January 05, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Rich you were a wonderful friend and had the best shoulder to cry on..Thank you a million times. I will miss our chats!May God keep you safe in his arms now as you kept us safe in our town..


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