NEW CANAAN, Conn. - Retired Police Chief Ralph M. Scott, a lifelong New Canaan resident, died Sunday, Dec. 8. He was 81.
Scott was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Lewisboro, N.Y., son of Arthur and Mary Carthy Scott. He attended New Canaan High School, Class of 1951. His record-setting exploits on the football field earned him an induction into the NCHS Hall of Fame in 2006.
After graduation, he volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for three years. His service included active duty with the 7th Marines in Korea during the Korean War.
He joined the New Canaan Police Department in 1956 and rose through the ranks to become a detective in 1964 and a captain in 1973. He was appointed chief of the department in 1975 and served in that post until his retirement from the police force in 1987.
During his time on the police force he attended and graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and attended training programs in Police Command and Crime Investigation in Cincinnati, Boston and Washington, D.C.
Scott is survived by his son, Brian N. Scott and Brian’s fiancée, Roma Blanchet of Randolph, N.J.; and brother, Arthur Scott. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Mary Ann Gilbert Scott; and brother, Norman Scott, who was killed in action in World War II while serving in the U.S. Navy at the battle of Okinawa.
Calling hours are Thursday, Dec. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hoyt Funeral Home, 199 Main St., New Canaan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at St Aloysius Church, Cherry Street, New Canaan. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Notre Dame Convalescent Home, 76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851-2297.