Services for Nassau Police Chief of Patrol Kevin Canavan, 64, of Bayport


Nassau County’s second-highest ranking uniformed officer has died of Sept. 11-related cancer.

Kevin Canavan, a longtime resident of Bayport and a 39-year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, died on Sunday, June 30, 2024. He was 64.

Canavan most recently served as Nassau Police’s chief of patrol. Recently, he was awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Police Award for his unwavering service and dedication to his duty.

Raised in upstate Scarsdale, Canavan earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina and later received a master’s at Fordham University. 

Canavan is survived by his wife, Dianne; his two children, Mike Porcelli and his wife Jade of Greenwich, Connecticut; and Heather Canavan of Bayport; and four brothers, Sean, Michael, Brian, and Daniel.  He was predeceased by his sister, Marie, and his brother, Frank.

Visitation services to honor Canavan are scheduled for Sunday, July 7, from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, at Raynor & D’Andrea Funeral Home, 683 Montauk Highway in Bayport. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, at Our Lady of the Snow Roman Catholic Church in Blue Point.

Top photo: Chief Kevin Canavan with the Theodore Roosevelt Police Award (Facebook/Nassau County Police Department).

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