Ronald A. Wichowski, 83, who served as Truro’s police chief from 1980 until he retired in 1993, died on Jan. 22, 2020 at Liberty Commons Nursing Home in Chatham after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was the husband of Joyce Wichowski of North Truro.
Born in Northampton, he was the son of the late Anthony and Eva (Kubilis) Wichowski. Ron graduated from Northampton High School and Greenfield Community College. He joined the Northampton Police Dept. in 1965 and served until 1974, when he moved to Truro. After working for the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Dept., Ron took the job of Truro police chief, which he held for 13 years.
Ron served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the period that included the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was also a member of the Morris Light Post, American Legion, the Lewis Young Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Provincetown.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, his daughter, Wendy Janoplis, and her husband, Michael, of Truro survive him. He was predeceased by a daughter, Joy Wichowski.
Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 11 Prince St., Provincetown. Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made in Ron’s name to the Truro Police Association, P.O. Box 995, N. Truro 02652.
Expressions of condolence for the family may be left in the guest book at gatelyfuneralservice.com.