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NBPD mourns Capt. Edward J. Wiley

We are mourning the loss of a beloved family member. Captain Edward J. Wiley, 77, of Fairhaven passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
“ Captain Wiley was a kind and gentle man, a loyal friend, dedicated public servant to our community and a proud member of the New Bedford Police Department,” said Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro. “I will miss him dearly. “ 
Born in Acushnet, he was the son of the late John Edward Wiley and Catherine (Robertson) Wiley.
Edward served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1958-1962. He then worked in the railroad industry and as a correction officer at Walpole State Prison. 
He was later employed by the New Bedford Police Department until his retirement as Captain after more than 30 years of service. He was appointed as a patrol officer Nov. 15, 1970. He was subsequently promoted to sergeant in 1984, lieutenant in 1985 and captain in 1988. 
His assignments included serving as commanding officer of the detective division and of the division of professional standards. 
He retired from the department in 2003. 
In his retirement years, he worked as a part-time bus driver for Tremblay Bus Company.
Captain Wiley was a graduate of Salve Regina University, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He was an elected member of the New Bedford Retirement Board.
Edward was dearly loved by his family and friends.
His survivors include his former wife, Jeanne Wiley; his children, Lori (Wiley) Boucher and her husband Gary of Prospect, CT, Debra (Wiley) Thatcher of Westport, Sean Wiley of Fredericksburg, VA, Kimberlee (Wiley) Nashold and her husband Daniel of Westport, and Jonathan Wiley and his wife Priscilla of Fairhaven; and fifteen grandchildren;
He was predeceased by his daughter, Tamara (Wiley) Roberts of Hollywood, FL.
At his request, there will be no calling hours. There will be a celebration of Edward’s life at the Century House, 107 South Main St., Acushnet on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 6-10 PM.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Salvation Army, 619 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740.