By Muhammad Atef | June 11, 2021

Obituary: Christopher E. Emerson – What’s Up Newp

via O’Neill Hayes Funeral Home

Christopher E. (Chris) Emerson, 52, of North Kingstown, passed away on June 8, 2021, after a valiant and courageous fight for his mental health. He leaves behind a heartbroken wife of 25 years, Colleen Kelly Emerson, their two children, Matthew Christopher and Cailin Elizabeth, and his dear companion, Ruby.

A native of Newport, Chris was a 1987 graduate of Rogers High School. He pursued his dream of serving the United States Coast Guard before he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Justice from Salve Regina in 1996. Chris served the community of North Kingstown as member of the police department, beginning as a patrol officer in 1991 and retiring as detective lieutenant after 26 years of service in 2017. Even during his retirement, he continued to serve the Town of North Kingstown as the IT consultant for the police department. An early pioneer of information technology and systems in law enforcement, he was a fierce advocate for protecting youth from crimes on the internet. Throughout his law enforcement career, Chris earned numerous letters of commendation and Officer of the Year by the Rotary Club of North Kingstown in 1999.

In his retirement, Chris spent time capturing the beauty of life through the lens of his camera. When not taking pictures of the Providence Bruins or along the Rhode Island shores, Chris could be found driving in his truck with his four-legged companions, catching the sunrise, heckling the waitresses at the 99 Restaurant, or sitting on the porch of Hazard’s Beach. The family apologizes to the owners of Jitters Cafe for the drastic drop in revenue they will now experience.

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