- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) - The police chief in New Bedford has been buried after succumbing to respiratory arrest earlier this month.

Chief David Provencher was buried Saturday at Sacred Heart Cemetery in New Bedford, following a ceremony at St. Joseph and St. Therese Church, also located in the city.

A public memorial service was scheduled for Sunday morning at the Zeiterion Theatre. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and others are expected to reflect on Provencher’s contributions to the community. The service will be taped and aired later on New Bedford Cable Access Government Channel 18.

The 59-year-old served 35 years in the department, the last five of them as chief. He died Dec. 13 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after battling cancer.

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