Services set for Chief Provencher

All flags in the City of New Bedford were ordered to fly at half-staff following the sudden death of Police Chief David Provencher.

Services have been announced for New Bedford Police Chief David Provencher, who died suddenly and unexpectedly.

Provencher died Sunday from respiratory arrest. He was 59 years old.

Calling hours are scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Aubertine-Lopes Funeral Home at 129 Allen St.

A funeral Mass will be said at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph-St. Therese Church. at 51 Duncan St. The funeral will be followed by a procession to Sacred Heart Cemetery No. 2 on Mount Pleasant Street near the airport.

The city of New Bedford will hold a public memorial service for Provencher at the Zeiterion Theatre beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The city said condolence books have been placed at City Hall and the city's four police stations. Donations may be made in memory of Provencher to the New England Organ Bank or the American Cancer Society.

Provencher served with the New Bedford Police Department for 35 years. He was sworn in as chief in April 2011.

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