John Dolce, 83, Former White Plains Safety Commissioner

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – John M. Dolce of White Plains died Dec. 24. He was 83.

Dolce was born June 27, 1929, in New Britain, Conn., to Francis and Theresa Dolce. He first attended New York University on a football scholarship and finished college in three years, graduating from Adelphi University in Long Island, N.Y.

A member of the NYS Chiefs of Police Association, Dolce began his law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics. He worked his way up to assistant special agent in charge of the New York field office.

In 1965, he accepted a position as the deputy public safety commissioner with the city of White Plains. He eventually became commissioner of public safety and served in the position until his retirement in 2002. He married Lola Perazzo on Nov. 6, 1954.

Dolce is survived by his wife; two sons, John Dolce, of Virginia, and Timothy Dolce, of Yonkers; two daughters, Patricia Kelleher, of Brewster, N.Y., and Christine Wiseman, of Bethel, Conn.; a sister, Theresa Tancredi; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cathy Ann, in 1967.

Visitation is from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday at McMahon, Lyon and Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in White Plains. Burial will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.

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