Robert J. Wesche

January 30, 1933March 4, 2011

WESCHE Robert J. Wesche, former Monroe Police Chief, died on Friday, March 4, 2011 at age 78. Mr. Wesche was born in Bridgeport to the late Jack and Edith (Christensen) Wesche. He lived in Monroe, CT with his wife of 56 years, Margaret (Kiley) Wesche.

Mr. Wesche joined the Monroe police force in 1958. Starting as a patrolman and moving up the ranks before being promoted to chief in 1977. He served as Chief of Monroe for 21 years. During his 40 year career he took pride in serving his community. He graduated from Stratford High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of New Haven. He was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (serving in many capacities), he served on the Monroe Senior Center’s TRIAD group, the Commission on Aging and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Career Education. He was a Mason at Washington Lodge #19, a lifetime member of NE Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, Police Association of Connecticut, International Police Association, and numerous other organizations. In 1961, he was awarded the Monroe Jaycees’ Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding work with young people in the community.

Robert was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. His greatest joy was spending time with his family. He was an avid fan in supporting his children’s and grandchildren’s competitive events as well as a fanatic supporter of the Yankees & UConn basketball.

In addition to his wife, Peg, he is survived by their three children, Robert Jr. (his wife Kathy), Kevin (his wife Christine), Linda Bespuda (her husband Steve); their seven grandchildren, Jessica & Jonathan Wesche, Andrea Sawicki (her husband David), Brandon and Alana Wesche, Stephen & Lauren Bespuda; his sisters, Edith Gasper (Richard), Anne Elizabeth Stone and brother- in-law James Kiley (Gloria). He had also been predeceased by his brother Jack Wesche.

Friends may greet the family from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 7th at Spadaccino and Gallagher Funeral Home 315 Monroe Turnpike[Rt 111] Monroe, CT. The funeral will be held on Tuesday March 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 466 Elm St Monroe, CT.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Robert J. Wesche Memorial Fund (address above) or to the Town of Monroe Senior Center 235 Cutlers Farm Road Monroe, CT 06468.


  • Calling Hours Monday, March 7, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Robert J. Wesche

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted


March 10, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed.

Brian and Stacey Victoria(Davin)

James & Bonnie Sandor

March 10, 2011

Chief is missed. All of Monroe past and future is a better place and a lot of lives touched by the Chief are now better. He is remembered a man who’s deeds are earnest, who’s heart is faithful, who’s words are true. Respect, admiration and now a deep sadness.

Doug Carlson

March 9, 2011

Mrs Wesche, Bob,Kathy,Kevin,Chris.Linda,Steve
Chief/Bob always reminded me of 2 Biblical passages plus pulling no punches yet lightening them as he was guided. Matthew 3:10 and mainly Galatians 5:22-23 as he showed forth with all he was and did the fruit of the spirit of love,,joy, peace, great patience,gentleness,goodness,
great Faith, meekness and selfcontrol that every time I was around him inspired me and encouraged me. you are all in our prayers and have been at least weekly for years and will continue.
Love in Christ,
Doug Carlson

Cynthia Cheatham

March 9, 2011

The Wesche Family - Earth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal. Chief always had a smile, word to encourage you. I was blessed to work for a great man !! My deepest condolences to the Wesche Family

Richard Connor Jr.

March 9, 2011

Kevin and Linda (and family), I learned of your father's passing while planning for my mom's service this week. I hope that today's officers live up to your father's high personal and professional standards. My condolences to you and your family.

Mary (Williams) Horovitz

March 8, 2011

Peg- I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I will always have such fond memories of the early years of the Monroe PD when my Dad (Dr Fran Williams) was so devoted to the guys. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Leslie Collins

March 8, 2011

Dear Wesche family...The sadness we feel for the loss of such an amazing person who was so cool and has such an amazing wife and awesome children and family...Oue prayers are with you as we pray that God will get you through this tough time...We will always have fond memories created during the fun days of the softball tourney's...Momma Wesche, God Bless You...Jim, Leslie & Courtney Collins

Miriam Steinert

March 8, 2011

The Wesche Family,
Bob and I served for many years on the Citizen's Advisory Committee at Masuk. I'll always remember his funny anecdotes and bright smile. I hope that wonderful memories will help sustain you in these difficult times.

Chuck Morano

March 8, 2011

Chief Wesche,a kind, gentle, man.Just recently saw him. He always greated his "cops" with a smile and a handshake. A great Chief. He was respected because he respected others.
No inflated ego with Chief, he was just a regular guy who had a great impact on many people, I will remember you always, my friend.

Chuck Morano Det.Ret.

Lisa Blyth

March 8, 2011

Sorry for your loss. Chief Wesche was a great man. I interned at the Monroe Police Department when I was in high school and he taught me a lot about the criminal justice system. I greatly appreciated that and it helped me through college to get my Criminal Justice degree.