The Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center regrets to inform you of the passing of Sergeant Robert L. Cerra, MSP Ret., Past President of the Museum. Sergeant Cerra also served as the Museum Archivist for several years. Sergeant Robert L. Cerra passed on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Devoted husband of Mary Joyce (Flanagan) Cerra, father of Robert Reno Cerra and his wife Mary (Hamel), grandfather to Katherine Rose and Abigail Rita Cerra. Son of the late Reno L. and Grace (Gorgone) Cerra, and a longtime Big Brother to Christopher Fenton of Worcester. 

A lifelong resident of Newton, he was a graduate of Suffolk University and the Massachusetts State Police Academy, where he later served as a guest lecturer. During his career with the State Police, he was assigned to numerous barracks throughout the Commonwealth, as well as the investigative division of the State Police targeting Organized Crime.  

After his retirement in 1994, he was employed as a security investigator for several Boston area financial institutions, and later served as an Assistant Director of Security for the Massachusetts Transportation Department.

A lifelong member of Corpus Christi-St. Bernard Parish, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, the Big Brother Association, the Boothbay Historical Society, the Early Industries Association, and the V-8 Club of America. 

Bob was a Past President and served on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center.  Sergeant Cerra continued to serve on the Board of Directors of the Former Massachusetts State Troopers Association (FMSTA).

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, April 13th at St. Bernard Parish, West Newton. Visiting hours will be Friday evening from 4-7PM in the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St. West Newton.


Donations to S.P.A.M. (State Police Association of Massachusetts) Benevolent Fund, 11 Beacon St. Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108 can be made in his honor.

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