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William P. Strain

October 8, 1935 ~ July 12, 2022 (age 86) 86 Years Old

William Strain Obituary

Lincoln – William P. Strain, 86, Retired Lincoln Chief of Police and Retired Lieutenant of the Rhode Island State Police, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Gail (Kelly) Strain.

Born in Providence, a son of the late Patrick and Catherine (Deery) Strain, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 50 years.

Bill was a Lieutenant for the Rhode Island State Police before retiring after 22 years of service. He later became the Chief of Police for the Town Lincoln, a post he held for 20 years before retiring in 2002.

 He was a member of the Sons of the Irish Kings, the New England Police Chiefs Association, the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association, and the Pawtucket Elks.

He was a member of the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War. He was a former member of Kirkbrae Country Club and Pawtucket Country Club. He was a member of the Wentworth Hills Country Club.

Besides his beloved wife, he leaves his loving children, Keri-Ann S. McLaughlin (Alan), William S. Strain (Tara), Susan S. Guay (Paul), Michael P. Strain, and the late Nancy C. Belisle (David). He is also survived by his beloved seventeen grandchildren; and his beloved great granddaughter.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 16 at 10 A.M. in St. John Vianney Church, 3655 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland. His burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery, Cumberland. The family asks that everyone meet at the Church Saturday morning.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call at Bellows Funeral Chapel, 160 River Road, Lincoln Friday 4-7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill’s memory to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 would be appreciated. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit

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July 15, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bellows Funeral Chapel
160 River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865

Mass of Christian Burial
July 16, 2022

10:00 AM
Saint John Vianney Church
3655 Diamond Hill Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

July 16, 2022

Resurrection Cemetery
259 West Wrentham Road
Cumberland, RI 02864


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-


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