HAMILTON, NJ --  The Hamilton Township Police Department is mourning the death of one of their own -- retired Detective Lieutenant Charles "Chuck" Stanley.  

In a Facebook post announcing Stanley's passing, the Hamilton Township Police Division said that "when Lieutenant Stanley retired, it was set back for the Hamilton Police Division. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Chuck, would say above all else, he just wanted to help...anyone who would allow him, however he could. Chuck will truly be missed."

Stanley, 64, Hamilton, passed away peacefully at home on May 16, due to ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Born and raised in Hamilton Township, Chuck graduated from the public school system in 1974.  He then received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Trenton State College.

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Stanley was initially employed by the Ewing Twp. Police Department from 1978 to 1983.  By the end of his law enforcement career in 2003, he had attained the rank of Detective Lieutenant with the Hamilton Twp. Police Department.

According to his obituary at Bukland-Merlino Funeral Homes, after retirement, Stanley transitioned to a career in financial planning/asset management and obtained his CFP designation and opened his own practice -- Gold Shield Financial, LLC.  

The rescue/adoption of shelter animals was a passion, as evidenced by his work with animal organizations, was a passion of Stanley's, and resulted in several "foster animals" residing in his home.  He also was actively involved in numerous local charitable groups including Ryan's Quest and Big Brothers.  

Stanley is survived by loving wife, Erin Servillo, stepmother, Gloria Stanley; stepsister, Debbie Dawson, and stepbrother, Barry Allen, and a large extended family.  He is predeceased by his parents, Charlie and Veronica Stanley

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, 535 E Franklin St, Trenton, NJ 08610; Ryan's Quest Miracle League of Mercer County, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Hamilton, NJ 08619.

Due to public health regulations, private services will be held on Thursday evening at the Buklad-Merlino Yardville Memorial Home at 30 Yardville-Allentown Road in Yardville.

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