James Joseph Mills, HPD, age 45, passed away at his home on Friday, November 6, 2009. He is the beloved husband of Vittoria Scirocco Mills of Hamden. Jim was born in New Haven on April 22, 1964, a son of the late Ret. Capt., NHPD Wilfred Mills and Estelle Kikowski Mills. In addition to his wife he leaves two cherished sons, Anthony James 'AJ' and Christopher Michael Mills with whom loved spending time with and coaching their baseball and football teams. He was the brother of Susan Writer and her husband James of MD, Wilfred 'Bill' Mills and his wife Susan of PA, son-in-law of Antonio and Luisa Scirocco, brother-in-law of Claudio Scirocco and his wife Lauren and Teresa Sinapis and her husband Steven all of Hamden and also leaves several nieces and nephews. Jim was a longtime resident of Hamden and Cheshire and a graduate of Notre Dame High School in West Haven . He was a Police Officer with the town of Hamden for 22 years were he spent numerous years as a motorcycle officer as well as a field training officer. He received many letters of recognition and was awarded Police Officer of the year in 2005. He coached football and baseball in the Hamden Fathers and Cheshire Youth Baseball leagues and football at the Hamden Middle School . His funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave. , Hamden on Tuesday November 10, 2009 at 9:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in The Church of The Ascension, 1040 Dunbar Hill Rd. , Hamden . Interment will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park , New Haven . Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the James J. Mills Education Fund and sent to New Alliance Bank, 2856 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518.

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  1. Dear Susan and family, I just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to learn of your brother’s death. Please know that we are all thinking of you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We lost a wonderful man he will never be forgotten. ROBO COP forever #88……. Love from the Lee Family <3 Tim,Michelle,Timmy & Mike

  3. Recently I called the police department because of a dispute I was having. Officer Mills responded. He handled the situation so well I wrote a letter to the police chief praising this fine officer. He was a fine man, we are all so sorry for your loss. Dan, Lauren, Abby and Connor

  4. Susan & Family, My heart and prayers are with you at what must be an extremely difficult time! I hope you find peace and comfort in the support of friends and family. We are thinking of you, The O’Briens

  5. We have lost a brother. Vicky, AJ, and Christopher have lost their best friend. May he rest in peace and be welcomed in heaven by our parents, grandparents, and Uncle Chob. I will miss you forever, Susan.

  6. We have lost a friend, coach, and beloved officer in Hamden. To Vicky, AJ, and Chris, may your strength guide you and know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you . Our deepest regards, Cathy, Sean, Chris, Ty, Timmy,Pat and Laura

  7. We have lost our beloved nephew, cousin and treasured neighbor. Jim, we will miss you forever. Vicky, A.J., and Christopher please know that we will always be here for you and our prayers and thoughts are with you now and forever. All our love,

  8. With deepest sympathy, I remember Jim as a wonderful caring man. He was an honest man who loved his family deeply and was passionate about his friends, family and career. Rest in peace knowing that you touched so many people.

  9. With our deepest sympathy in your time of sorrow. We will miss seeing Jims smiling face around town. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and Jim will be forever in our hearts and in the wind.

  10. Dear Susan and family, We are so sorry for the loss of your brother. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Dear Vicky and boys, My heart hurt when I heard of Jim’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you… Jim has a strong spirit, and I know he will remain with everyone who was fortunate to know him… Sincerely and with Love, Sharon and Dick Butler

  12. I am sorry for your loss. Hamden will miss a great officer. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Jim. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  13. I have many fond memories of working with Jim from our days at Toppers. I thank him for making us do raw egg shots at the diner @ 3:00 am when he was in training for the academy. My deepest sympathies to his family during this time.

  14. I met Officer Mills while he was giving me a speeding ticket, He was a nice guy. Often saw him after that while getting coffee in the morning and we always exchanged greetings. A nice guy and a good cop he will be missed.

  15. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Jims family. He was a great police officer to work with and I know he will be missed by many people. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. It is with deep sadness when we both found out today that a friend we have known for decades, a friend we know as .Jimmy., has departed. Our prayers and thoughts are with Jim and his family during this time of sorrow. Tommy and Maggie Griffin

  17. Many fond memories of Jim, from our days at Mill Pond Farm, through the past 22 years at the Hamden Police dept.. He will be missed, My thoughts and prayers are with his family… Brian Esposito

  18. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It was a pleasure to work with you for so many years. You were a good friend and a wonderful person. You will be missed.

  19. Susan & Family, We know how difficult this time is for you and your family. Cherish the memories you have of your brother and know you have the support and love of friends around you. Our prayers are with you. Pam and Jim

  20. Those of us who were lucky enough to call Jim ‘friend’ were truly blessed. His warmth, humor, kindness and light will be missed, but never forgotten. To Vicky, AJ and Christopher…you know how much I love you all. My heart is with you and I’m here for you always. Thank you Jim…for keeping the lone ‘hockey mom’ company at practice, for being a good friend to Rob and someone my son truly looked up to. Rest now, dear Friend. Love, Laurie Rob and Chris

  21. To the entire Mills Family, It was a pleasure having Jim Mills work with me and for me when he was a young patrolman and throughout his career. He was dedicated to his profession and served the Town of Hamden with distinction. I will remember a good man who god has called to the .Brotherhood. in heaven. Rest peacefully Jim. Sergeant Jim Foley, Retired Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  22. To Vicki, A.J., Christopher and Family, Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Jim will be missed by all who’ve met him. We’ll especially miss his greeting when we come to the rink.

  23. Vicky, A.J. and Christopher, We are deeply sorry for this unbeliveable loss to your family. Jim will be missed so much by many. His smiling face will be missed at the rink. The Owens Family

  24. We will all miss one of the finest officers to work with. Ofc. Mills was truly the epitome of .Hamden’s Finest.. It was our pleasure to work with you and call you our friend. May you rest in peace, may your family know we will always be here for them and we will always keep your memory alive. God Bless, The Hamden Dispatchers

  25. Vicky..We pray that you and your boys find peace and joy in all your wonderful memories of Jim. Love, Vicki and Anthony DeCristofaro

  26. We are just all so sad…. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim always. We pray that Vicky, AJ and Christopher find comfort and happiness and never forgot the love Jim had for them.

  27. Dear Vicky, AJ, and Chris, As the time goes on and the holidays approach, you all continue to be in our prayers. Boys, you have continued to carry on your dad’s positive spirit! He must be looking down at you with pride knowing he taught you well while he was with you. Remember he will always be with you in spirit! Many Blessings! Love, The Berube Family

  28. I miss you… We had some really good times. I wish I had stayed in touch with you more over the years. I pray for you and your family. I know that’s all you ever wanted in life….. I am going to start an anual bike run in memory of you….. hehe I know how much you like Harleys… dave

  29. I was just listening to some old school club songs that made me think of all the great times at Toppers and our drives to NYC. Your one big reason I became a Cop and was devastated to learn of your passing. God Bless you Brother and your family.

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