Father of NYPD Commissioner Bratton dies

WEYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) -- The father of New York Police Commissioner William Bratton has died in Massachusetts.

William E. Bratton, an 89 year old resident of Weymouth, a Boston suburb, died peacefully on Thursday, a family spokesperson said.

The elder Bratton was one of four brothers raised in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood. He served in the Navy as a gunner on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph during World War II.

Bratton and his wife, June, who died nearly a decade ago, raised two children in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood as he worked at the post office and at a metal plating shop.

A wake will be held Monday at the South Weymouth McDonald Funeral Home. The funeral is Tuesday at the Holy Family Church in Rockland.

NYPD Commissioner Bratton also served as top cop in Boston and Los Angeles.

Click here to read the NYPD's tribute to the elder Bratton.

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