GREENWICH, Conn. – George J. Hyland, Jr., a retired Greenwich Police lieutenant, died Wednesday, April 13. He was 92.
He was born Jan. 4, 1924, to George and Martha (Durkin) Hyland.
He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1942 and, while still in high school, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving through the conclusion of World War II. He served on PT-339 in the Southwest Pacific, earning three Battle Stars, the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, the Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
He joined the Greenwich Police Department in 1951, and served through 1977, retiring as a lieutenant. As a patrolman, he served in the patrol and traffic divisions. In 1960, he was assigned to the Detective Division. In February of 1964, he was appointed as sergeant in the uniform division and was promoted to lieutenant in 1975.
After his retirement, he served as director of security at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Stamford until 1993. He then worked part time as an auxiliary police officer in the Milbrook community in Greenwich until 2012.
He was the recipient of numerous citations and commendations including a Special Citation and the Excellent Police Duty Medal, which was awarded to him for his efforts in a burglary investigation.
He married Alice Loughran in 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Greenwich, where both were lifelong parishioners.
His wife died in 2013.
He is survived by his children, Mark (Susan) Hyland, Ann (Bill) Gallagher, and Michael (Jacquie) Hyland; his grandchildren, Megan, Kevin, Martin, Mary and Caroline Hyland; and a brother, Richard.
He was predeceased by a brother, Peter.
There will be no calling hours. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at noon at St. Mary's Church, 178 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich. Burial will follow at Putnam Cemetery, 35 Parsonage Road, Greenwich.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund or St. Mary's Church would be appreciated.
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