Litchfield mourning the passing of Dodgie Doyle
The late Roger (Dodgie) Doyle was devoted to his job as a police officer in Litchfield for 45 years. Contributed photo
A memorial service for the legendary Roger (Dodgie) Doyle will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Cpl. Doyle, a police officer in town from 1967 until his retirement in 2012, died on Monday at the age of 76. He had been seriously ill for some time and his debilitated state led him to take his own life. He leaves his wife, Sue, children, Nick Doyle and Chrissy Doyle-Bouchez, and grandson, Chase Doyle.
Litchfield has been in mourning since news of the passing of the respected and well-liked Doyle broke late Monday. During a long and successful career in law enforcement, Doyle helped scores of young people in town avoid trouble with the law. He was the eyes and ears of the town he was raised in and took great pride in serving.
“He respected people and because of it, he received respect,” former Resident Trooper Lynn Lewis said of her former colleague. “He treated people the way he wanted to be treated.”
Lewis was one of many resident troopers Doyle worked with during his career with the town. The final resident trooper he served with was Jim Holm, who is still the resident trooper. Like Lewis, Holm developed a close bond with Doyle.
“He definitely loved the town and was devoted to it,” Holm said. “He cared about people and was a great officer.”
Doyle’s knowledge of the community and its residents, the personal connections he built while on the job, and a strong desire to serve the public were the attributes that made him successful as an officer.
Police work, of course, is serious business but Doyle brought a sense of humor to his job that further endeared him to the public.
“Dodgie is someone who will be missed because he impacted the lives of so many people,” First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. said.
Paul was Doyle’s neighbor for 17 years on Chestnut Hill Road and worked in Town Hall with Doyle for nine years.
“He was always generous with his time as a neighbor and was always there if you needed help,” Paul said.
After he retired, Doyle would often visit Town Hall to catch up with Paul and other town employees, share a few jokes and give his opinion on town issues if asked.
“Everyone in Town Hall is devastated by the loss of Dodgie,” Paul said. “He’s a Litchfield legend.”
Town Hall will be closed during the service at St. Anthony’s so the building’s employees can attend.
Below, scenes from a retirement party the town held for Cpl. Doyle at the Bantam firehouse in May 2012. Doyle is shown with Resident Trooper Jim Holm, center, and sharing a laugh with First Selectman Leo Paul Jr. BZ photos