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John Robert Serra

August 1, 1956 ~ July 16, 2020 (age 63)


It is with profound sadness to announce the sudden passing of John Robert Serra, retired Captain of the West Haven Police Department, on July 16, 2020.  He leaves behind his loving wife, Sandra Vegliante Serra of Milford. John was born in Bridgeport, CT son of Raymond Sr. and Deloris Wheeler Serra of West Haven. He is also survived by his children Chelsea (Nicholas) Gladue, Dr. Robert Manos, Jennie Serra, Joseph Tartagni and Matthew Bondar, his brother Raymond Jr. (Heidi) Serra, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, his beloved dogs Gizmo and Gracie, his brother-in-laws Fred (Jean) Vegliante and Anthony (Naomia) Vegliante.  John was predeceased by his infant brother Robert John and his in-laws Fred and Ernestine Vegliante

John was most proud of his 32 year law enforcement career where he began in 1978 serving on the Orange Police Department, Connecticut State Police, and his last 26 years at the West Haven Police Department. John served in many capacities during his career at WHPD starting in the patrol division and then rising to the ranks of sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. As captain of the patrol division, he took pride in also commanding the regional SRT team, serving West Haven, Orange and Milford. John received numerous awards and commendations for his police service throughout his career. Including a letter of recognition from the Director of the F.B.I. for his outstanding service while assigned to the West Haven Street Crime Unit.  In addition to his law enforcement career John worked for various alarm companies, including his own, ASC Group.  After retirement, John served as a subcontractor for the Department of Homeland Security.

The hours for visitation will be held on Tuesday morning from 8:30-10:30am at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Our Lady of Victory Church, St. John Vainney Campus, at 11am. Interment will be private. Please follow social distancing guidelines and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation PO Box 368 Woodland Hills, CA 91365 or  

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July 21, 2020

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
West Haven Funeral Home
662 Savin Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516

Funeral Mass
July 21, 2020

11:00 AM
Our Lady of Victory Church
300 Captain Thomas Blvd.
West Haven, CT 06516


Gary Sinise Foundation
PO Box 368, Woodland Hills CA 91365

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