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Former Hamilton deputy police chief Keith Farraway died on Sunday at age 83.

Former deputy police chief dies

George Keith Farraway was 83

 A memorial reception will be held on Friday for George Keith Farraway.

The former deputy chief of the Hamilton Police Service died on Sunday.

He was 83.

Born on July 8, 1930, Farraway was a long-time Mountain resident and member of the police service for more than 33 years.

According to obituary information in the Hamilton Spectator, Farraway was fair and open minded street cop who respected his front line officers.

He is credited with bringing the Crime Stoppers program to Hamilton, the creation of the special weapons unit and he played a key roll in acquiring protective vests for police officers.

Farraway was a recipient of the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery, a graduate of the FBI Academy and an original member of the Police Chorus.

He was a chair of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police drug abuse committee, a member of the Canadian Chiefs Legislation and Arson committee and sat on the Law Reform Commission of Canada.

Farraway was also a president of Concerns Canada and was an active and long-time member of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.

The memorial reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bay Gardens Funeral Home at 947 Rymal Road East.

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