Former UMass Police sergeant Joseph Rebello, 55, of Kingston, was killed in a June 29 accident when his motorcycle was struck by an oncoming car in Woodbury, Vt.
Born in Worcester, he grew up in Belchertown.
He began his career as a community service officer in Amherst and part-time police officer in Belchertown, before obtaining a full-time position as a patrolman with UMPD in 1981. He was promoted to sergeant in 1989 and also served as police chief in Shutesbury from 1990-92, when he left both positions to serve as police chief in Monson. He subsequently served as police chief in Stow and Kingston, where he retired last year after 33 years in law enforcement.
He was active within the law enforcement community and was past-president of both Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (2012) and New England Association of Chiefs of Police (2006).
He was a graduate of Curry College, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
He leaves his wife of 29 years, Kathleen (Doherty) Rebello, his two children, Michael and Devin, a brother and sister-in-law, a sister and 16 nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours are Sunday, July 6 at the Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St (Rt. 106) in Kingston from 2-4 p.m. with a police walkthrough from 4-5 p.m., and visiting hours will continue until 8 p.m.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Indian Pond Country Club, 60 Country Club Way, Kingston, on Monday, July 7 at 11 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to wear Hawaiian attire for the celebration of life.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests donations may be made to support the recovery of his dear friend and riding companion, retired Hudson police chief Richard Braga, who was severely injured in the accident. The Hudson Massachusetts Police Association has established the Recovery Fund for Richard Braga, account number 2187. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so under this name or number to the Hudson Municipal Employees Federal Credit Union at 25 South Street Plaza, Suite 2, Hudson, MA.
To offer condolences or for directions, visit: www.shepherdfuneralhome.com.