Richard W. Agostino, 82, a lifelong Stamford resident, passed away from congestive heart failure on Tuesday July 11, 2023 at Stamford Hospital. Richard was born in Stamford on February 14, 1941 to the late Dominick and Marie Agostino.
Richard was a retired Captain from the Stamford Police Department after 48 years of service. He was appointed in August 1962 and completed the Police Academy in March of 1963. He was promoted to Lieutenant on November 11, 1973 and to Captain of Police on June 15, 1977. Richard completed the Northwestern University Accident Investigation Program in 1970, the New England’s Chief of Police Command Training Institute at Babson College in 1974, as well as the FBI Academy’s Special Firearms Training course. He also established and commanded the first Stamford Police Department SWAT team in 1974.
Captain Agostino served in various command positions within the Stamford Police Department, including, Internal Affairs Commander, Uniform Division Commander, Detective Bureau Commander, Support Services Commander, Evening Commander and Auxiliary Services Commander. He returned to Evening Commander several times in his career as it was clearly the position he preferred. Richard received letters of thanks from corporations, government agencies, other police departments and individuals. He was devoted to the job and truly was a “cop’s cop.”
Richard is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia (Sileo) Agostino, sons James (Jennifer) and Richard (Barb), his daughter Katie Mulcahy (Derek) and seven grandchildren, whom he adored: Emma Agostino, Leo, Tony, Richie Agostino, Adam, William and Abigail Mulcahy, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Richard is predeceased by his brothers Dominick and Frank Agostino and his sisters Elizabeth Coughlin and Marie Maloney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday July 15, 2023, at 11:00 AM at The Church of The Holy Spirit, 406 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT. There will be no calling hours and interment will be private.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
The family would like to extend many thanks to the wonderful doctor’s, nurses, aides and all the caring professionals at the Stamford Hospital.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Richard’s memory to The Stamford Police Foundation, 725 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06901.
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