WESTPORT, CT — Vincent Joseph Penna, a Westport native and retired Westport deputy police chief, died Friday. He was 51.
Penna, known as "Vinny," initially joined the Westport Police Department in 1991 as a traffic agent, and became a full-time police officer in 1994.
He rose up the ranks as a detective, sergeant, lieutenant and captain before becoming a deputy chief in 2016.
A graduate of Fairfield Prep and Quinnipiac University, Penna also was an owner and partner at A.J. Penna & Son construction, his family's business.
Penna is survived by his wife, Denise, and sons, Vincent Angelo and Nicholas Anthony.
A Mass of Christian Burial at Assumption Church will be private due to Covid-19 restrictions, according to Harding Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Assumption Cemetery, 73 Greens Farms Road, in Westport.
The funeral home asks that attendees "observe strict social distancing at the cemetery."
Also, according to Harding Funeral Home: Condolences for the family may be left online at www.hardingfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in Vinny's honor to Scouts BSA Troop 36 can be made via PayPal atpaypal.me/BSATroop36CT or by mailing a check made out to "Troop 36" to Attn:Troop 36, Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport CT06880.
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