Officer killed in motorcycle crash remembered at funeral

It was a shocking loss for the police department. Hundreds of fellow officers, and city leaders, and family and friends gathered to say good bye to 43 year old Officer John Reposa Friday.

"He was a great police officer and he's going to be sadly missed," said Ken Penza with the Blue Knights of Rhode Island, a biking group Reposa was a member.

Not an empty statement, a fact - evident by the hundreds of people who came to Jamestown to bid farewell to Officer Reposa.

"Everybody wanted to be like Johnny," said Roger Aspinalo with the Providence Pipes and Drums Corps. "Johnny was the best, he was one of the greatest guys."

Which is why, police, firefighters and community members give their final salute. It's why members of the Providence Pipes and Drums Corps are determined to play their very best.

"John is also a founding member," Aspinalo said. "He was one of the first members of the band."

Years of practices and performances never prepared them to play for one of their own.

"It's difficult," Aspinalo said. "It's very difficult."

Officer Reposa was respected in the band, but most off all on the force. A 19 year veteran who served in the patrol division, motorcycle squad, narcotics and traffic bureaus.

"He was well respected and a lot of people were close to him," said Capt. George Stamatakos with the Providence Police Department. "That's why there was a huge turnout today.

{}Fun, outgoing, energetic ... describe the man they are laying to rest, but most of all he's family man.

"His family was everything to Johnny," Aspinalo said.

While these men are losing a brother in arms, the Reposa's are saying goodbye to a brother and son.

"Probably the most difficult thing was to see them last night," he said.

At 43, Reposa touched so many people, there wasn't enough room at St. Mark's Church. He

Reposa died Saturday during a motorcycle accident, leaving behind his mother, father and sister.

Officer Reposa was buried at St. Mark's Cemetery in Jamestown.

By NBC 10 News Friday Aug. 16, 2013 3:47pm

Hundreds of police officers, firefighters and officials are expected to say goodbye to a veteran Providence police officer at a funeral Mass scheduled for noon Friday.

John Reposa Jr., 43, of Narragansett, was killed Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a car in Jamestown. He was off duty.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be said at St. Mark's Church in Jamestown. Reposa will be buried in St. Mark's Cemetery.

Reposa, a 19-year verteran of the Providence Police Department, served in the patrol division, the motorcycle squad, the narcotics bureau and the traffic bureau.

Reposa's fellow members of the Providence Police Honor Guard and the Providence Police Pipes and Drums Corp. will lead Friday's funeral procession.

Providence firefighters will also honor Reposa.{} His father, John, is retired from the Providence Fire Department.

Hundreds attended a wake Thursday evening for the officer at the Nardolillo Funeral Home South County Chapel in Narragansett.

Reposa's obituary said donations can be made to the Autism Society of Rhode Island, P.O. Box 16603, Rumford, RI 02916.