Police chief devoted to enforcement, education
B. Raymond Naccarati cared about his family, his community, his Italian heritage and his Roman Catholic faith, his daughter remembered.
If he knew of a family in need, he would be there to help, often first as a policeman and then as a private citizen, said his daughter, Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis of Plum.
“He had such a broad touch on the people of our region, on and off duty,” she said.
B. Raymond Naccarati, 77, of Plum and formerly of Wilkins, died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was a police officer for 25 years and retired as chief of police in Wilkins.
The son of the late Blase and Caroline Chianese Naccarati, he earned his master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was founder and director of Suburban Academy of Law Enforcement. He served as an instructor at Community College of Allegheny County.
He taught at Point Park University, Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Naccarati was a member of Plum/Monroeville Masonic Lodge No. 799 and the Western Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
“Even though as a child of a police officer you're always worried about him, you always are very proud that he is there to serve and protect the community,” Naccarati-Chapkis said.
Once, while her father was outside a funeral home en route to paying his respects, he heard a scream and investigated, his daughter remembered.
“He apprehended a murder suspect” as the first on the scene as other police arrived, she said.
Mr. Naccarati loved opera, especially the tenor Mario Lanza.
“He shared this with all his children,” his daughter recalled. “When we were young, we would dance and sing around the house to opera. As a dad, he was lots of fun.”
Letitia Valletta of West Deer said that her brother as a child was devoted to his education and worked hard to get good grades.
“As children we fought, as brothers and sisters do, but he was always there for you. He looked over me like a big brother,” Valletta said.
When he became a police officer, “I was very concerned for his life, but we were very proud of him for what he was doing,” his sister said.
Often on Sundays, Mr. Naccarati and his grandchildren made meatballs. He enjoyed fishing with them, too.
“He was really proud of his Italian heritage, and he wanted his grandchildren to know that tradition,” Naccarati-Chapkis added.
In addition to his daughter, Michelle, and sister, Letitia, Mr. Naccarati is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lillian Sage Naccarati; children, Angela Hunter, Vincent Naccarati and Elise Naccarati; six grandchildren; and a brother, Carl Naccarati of Penn Hills.
Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Jobe Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 118 Shaw and Triboro avenues, Turtle Creek.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Monday in St. Bernadette Church. Interment will follow in Good Shepherd Cemetery.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.