Obituaries » Richard G Desmond
April 14, 1954 - January 3, 2019
Service Date: January 9, 2019
Richard G. (Rich), passed away on January 3 at age 64 and was from the Laurel Springs section of Gloucester Township. Richard is survived by his beloved wife Deborah (nee Carlesco) and loving father of 3 daughters, Michele, Colleen and Kathlyn Mary. He is also survived by 3 sisters, two brothers and two grandchildren and two predeceased grandchildren.
Rich was born in New York City (Manhattan) and grew up there attending many St. Patrick’s Day parades and taking a great interest in the Emerald Society and pipe bands. Upon moving to Camden County, NJ , he helped to organize the Four Provinces Irish Social Club and later the Cara Irish Society. In 1995 Rich started the Camden County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums and has led the band as Drum Major in various St. Patrick’s Day parades, performed in Macroom, County Cork and joined with the Dublin Fire Brigade after this year’s parade in Dublin.
Richard began his career in 1974 as a 20 year old Patrolman with the Camden NJPD, in 1986 was promoted to Detective and then promoted to Sergeant in 1998. During his 27 year career he was honored by the NJ State Assembly, State Senate, PBA Local 35 and FOP Lodge. He was decorated 21 times for Bravey, Heroism and Meritorious Service by the Camden PD and was inducted into the Police and Fire Hall of Fame in Carmel, Indiana for an off-duty fire rescue and removed and saved four people including an infant. Rich has served as a Delegate to the National Conference of Law Enforcement Emerald Societies, elected National President in 2002. Since 1996 he has served as 2nd Vice President of the NJ Emerald Society Grand Council and 1st Vice President since 2015. He was president of the Camden County Emerald Society since 1994. Rich’s proudest moment was in 1998 when first time permission was given to “play the pipes” at the casket of a slain Police Detective in the “Rotunda” in Washington, DC.
Rich also volunteered for NJ Special Olympics, served on the Wildwood Polar Bear Plunge Committee raising thousand of dollars. He helped organize the Glendora VFW Post 8714 Men’s Auxiliary and during Christmas, as Santa Claus visited the Veteran’s Home in Vineland, various VFW Posts and the County Foster Children Christmas party which was dear to Rich’s heart.
Rich retired as Sergeant, Camden NJPD in 2001 and has since worked plain clothes for the Eagles (loved his NY Giants), and has been employed by the Camden County Sheriff’s office, the US Marshall Service and a process server in Philadelphia.
Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Wednesday, January 9 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Our Lady of Hope Parish, ST. AGNES CHURCH, 701 Little Gloucester Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. AGNES CHURCH at 12:00 noon. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations made in Richard’s name be forwarded to the Camden County Emerald Society Scholarship Fund, POBox 1783, Bellmawr, NJ 08099-1783.