Resolution of Respect
Bright and glorious be thy rising from it when Jesus calls.
May the earliest buds of spring unfold their beauties or'thy bower
and there may the sweetness of summer's last rose long linger!
Who departed from our sight on 6 October 1996.
Once again a Sir Knight, having passed through the experience which mortals call death, beyond which he is continuing his progress toward New Jerusalem, to receive his reward, a white stone with a new name written thereon,
And Whereas, The all-wise and Merciful Master of the universe still
guides his upward steps toward His throne of eternal glory,
And Whereas, He having been a true and faithful Sir Knight of our beloved order, therefor be it Resolved;
That Bayard Commandery No. 15, Knights Templar Roanoke, Virginia,
through respect to his fidelity and integrity, that we tender to the family of our deceased Sir Knight our sincere condolences in their tribulations, and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the family.
And Whereas, The all-wise and Merciful Master of the universe still guides his upward steps toward His throne of eternal glory,
And Whereas, He having been a true and faithful Sir Knight of our beloved order, therefor be it Resolved;
That Bayard Commandery No. 15, Knights Templar Roanoke, Virginia, through respect to his fidelity and integrity, that we tender to the family of our deceased Sir Knight our sincere condolences in their tribulations, and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the family.
So, on the bright sunny morning of the resurrection, thy spirit will spring
into the newness of life and expand in immortal beauty, in realms beyond the sky.
H. LEE ARRITT, Commander
Chesapeake police chief Shipley dies of heart attack while jogging - Oct. 7, 1996 BY STEVE STONE, The Virginian-Pilot Copyright 1996, Landmark Communications Inc. Ian M. Shipley Jr., who started as a police patrolman and rose through the ranks over three decades to become the city's chief in 1990, died Sunday night after suffering a heart attack. CHESAPEAKE -- Shipley, who would have turned 56 in three weeks, was jogging in the Indian River section of the city near his home when he collapsed about 9 p.m. near Smith Street and Providence Road, police spokesman Elizabeth Jones said. Two citizens came to his aid, and a police officer who arrived a few moments later helped administer first aid until rescue crews arrived. Jones said Shipley was conscious at the time. He was taken to Chesapeake General Hospital, where he died at 9:25 p.m. ``He was in good shape,'' said Councilman Peter P. Duda Jr. shortly after being advised of the chief's death. ``I couldn't believe it. I'm still in shock. I just couldn't believe it.'' Shipley played golf at least three times a week and jogged regularly. He had planned -- but had not yet publicly announced -- to retire as chief on April 1. Mayor William E. Ward, who went to the hospital to comfort Shipley's family, called the chief a ``tremendous leader who modernized the Police Department.'' Deputy Chief Richard Justice will take the helm until a new chief can be named. Dr. John M. deTriquet said that in the 2. years he has served on City Council, he had come to know Shipley as ``a great police officer'' and ``and a great man.'' Shipley's lasting mark may be his efforts to raise the level of professionalism within the department, deTriquet said. ``He has really taken that word, service, to the people as the department's signature,'' deTriquet said. All members of the force have come to ``take it seriously, and I know that's something that Chief Shipley wanted.'' Shipley's efforts appeared to have won the respect of residents. In an annual survey of citizens, ``the Police Department always got very high ratings,'' said Mark S. Cox, the city's director of public affairs. ``That's largely attributable to his efforts. People feel safe in this city.'' A police officer for more than 35 years, Shipley had been working in administration for the past 15 years. But he never lost his affection or concern for the cop on the beat, colleagues said, having started there himself. A native of Boston, he joined the Chesapeake force in December 1964. He quickly rose through the ranks and took over the top spot at the Police Department on May 1, 1990, after the retirement of former Chief Roland Lakoski. The transition was eased by their close working relationship. ``For 15 years, we had adjoining offices,'' said Shipley, who was deputy chief at the time. ``I've probably eaten as many meals with Chief Lakoski as I have with my wife in the last 15 years.'' Former City Manager James W. Rein, who served from 1987 to 1995 and appointed Shipley as chief, said it was one of the easiest decisions he made in his tenure. ``It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to move him up,'' Rein said Sunday night. ``He was an outstanding candidate. His reputation and record with the city were just classic.'' Rein said Shipley was the picture of a police chief. ``He was trim and looked better in a uniform than anyone you could imagine,'' he said. ``He had a command presence when he addressed anybody that made you respect him. If it sounds like I am describing George Washington. . . , well, he was excellent.'' Rein said Shipley invigorated the department, instituting extensive training programs to improve the performance of officers at all levels. But he also was a good manager, Rein said, with a strong awareness of fiscal matters. ``He had a great loyalty among his men because he was such a hard worker,'' Rein said. ``It was nothing for him to be down in the department on a weekend; early in the morning; late at night.'' On a personal level, ``It was a delight to be able to work with somebody who was so current on the things in his profession,'' Rein said. ``He would bring me cutting-edge stuff.'' Shipley was in charge of the smallest of Hampton Roads' police departments. Yet it also has one of the largest chunks of territory to serve -- about 353 square miles. Shipley made fighting drugs a priority when he began as chief. ``We intend to show those individuals involved in the use and distribution of drugs, it will not be tolerated in our city,'' he said in June 1991, after a major drug bust. Sunday night, in Los Angeles for a meeting on transportation issues, City Councilman John W. Butt called Shipley ``a man of integrity'' whose ``death will be a great loss to the Police Department and the entire citizenry of Chesapeake.'' Funeral arrangements were pending late Sunday. The Police Department plans to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. today. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- NEWS - Oct. 8, 1996 Chesapeake mourns loss of Police Chief Shipley to heart attack BY JUNE ARNEY, The Virginian-Pilot Copyright 1996, Landmark Communications Inc. CHESAPEAKE -- A portrait of Police Chief Ian M. Shipley Jr., draped with black velvet, met visitors to police headquarters on Monday as the city's officers struggled with the loss of their leader. Outside, the department's flag flew at half-staff. A monument bearing the names of fallen officers wore a rain-soaked shroud of black cloth. Inside, the mood was subdued. The usual busy hallways seemed quieter. Officers wore black bands across their badges to honor their fallen leader, and secretaries wore black ribbons. They mourned Shipley, a 35-year veteran policeman who started as a patrolman and rose through the ranks over three decades to become chief in 1990. Shipley, 55, died at 9:25 p.m. Sunday after he apparently suffered a heart attack while jogging within a mile of his home. On Monday, it took three people to answer the phone calls from citizens and others. ``We're a little numb right now,'' said Deputy Chief Richard Justice, who is serving as acting chief. Shipley collapsed Sunday night near Smith Street and Providence Road. It was a familiar route to the avid runner, who logged between three and five miles most days. ``Everybody is in shock,'' said Detective Richard Black, a spokesman for Chesapeake police. ``It's just really hard to grasp what's happened.'' Shipley was known for his professionalism and his emphasis on physical fitness. He brought work-out equipment to some of the police precincts, for instance, Black said. Shipley took up jogging about 1976, competing in police-oriented races in Virginia, according to a fellow officer. Overall, Shipley's style was low-key, Black said. He didn't like sensationalism. ``He stood behind his people,'' Black said. ``When he needed to be out front, he was there. . . He was fair, honest, an outstanding individual.'' Black said it is unclear when a new chief will be named for the department of 320 sworn officers. ``I think whoever takes on that job realizes he has some big shoes to fill,'' he said. Capt. Don Zeagler, who works in the city's detective bureau, said there was great significance to Shipley's final trip to Chesapeake General Hospital Sunday night. Shipley had helped raise money to make the hospital possible. Shipley, then a detective, did the background check on Zeagler when he was joining the Chesapeake force. ``He had a sense that he imparted to everyone who came in contact with him, that a job worth doing is worth doing right,'' Zeagler said. Shipley put police officers in the schools in the 1970s as a preventive measure before it became popular. The news of Shipley's death hit especially hard for Frank Driscoll, former Chesapeake Republican city chairman. Hours earlier, he had shared lunch at Greenbrier Country Club with Shipley and his wife, Dixie. It had been an upbeat lunch with talk of golf and retirement and the Shipleys' weekend travels to the Eastern Shore and Lynchburg, Driscoll said. He and ``Ship'' made a golf date for Wednesday. ``He was going to come home and couch it and watch football,'' Driscoll said. Shipley hadn't specifically mentioned running, but he didn't have to because everyone knew he did it -- religiously, Driscoll said. By 10 p.m., Driscoll received the news that his friend of 15 years was dead. ``We're going to miss him,'' Driscoll said. ``He was honest and charitable and just. He was one of a rare breed who was able to strive, live and practice those moral values.'' Shipley and his wife have two sons, Jim, a lieutenant with the Sheriff's Department, and John, a sergeant with the Sheriff's Department. At the time of his death, Shipley was serving as grand senior warden at the Grand Lodge of Virginia in Richmond.