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Passing of Tyngsborough Police Captain Fred Powers (Retired)

Retired Tyngsborough Police Captain Fred R. Powers, III passed away peacefully in the early hours of December 23rd, 2019. Visitation hours will be held at the Rivet Funeral Home, 425 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack on Wednesday, January 15th from 4 – 7 PM. A service will take place at 7 PM in the chapel of the funeral home at the conclusion of visitation hours. Burial will be held at a later date.

Fred was Born in North Adams, MA in 1938 and spent his childhood in Pownal, VT and Williamstown, MA schooling, farming, hunting, and fishing. Fred enlisted into the United States Navy in 1957 and served on the U.S.S. Forestall with the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-33 ‘Nighthawks’ and was a Navy boxer. After serving honorably in the Navy, Fred moved to Nashua, NH and served his community with the Nashua Police Department; joining in 1962 and retiring in 1983 as a Detective Lieutenant and the Executive Officer of the Bureau of Investigation. 

During his long NPD career Fred was charged with the Administration and Operational Command of the Criminal Division, Juvenile Division, Narcotics & Vice Division, International Affairs, Evidence Custody & Control and was instrumental in the creation of these units and their protocols. Fred worked as a liaison to the FBI, CIA, Secret Service and Interpol, was on the security teams for sitting and future United States Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan and H.W. Bush, served as the Captain of the Tyngsborough, MA Police Department, was a Prosecutor in the Lowell District Court and was a Hillsborough County, NH Sheriff.

In Lieu of Flowers, please make a donation to Laura’s World Fund, P.O. Box 42, Merrimack, NH 03054 or at 100% of all donations go directly to Children in Need.