in the chair with David Erskine | In the chair


AGE: 77.

OCCUPATION: Retired Town of Stonington Police Chief.

RESIDENCE: Pawcatuck.

BORN, RAISED AND GROWN IN: Born in Newport, I moved to Pawcatuck when I was a toddler and my family bought a house on Oak Street in Stonington, where I grew up.

AT THIS TIME I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF: Research the new Veterans Memorial to be placed in front of Stonington Police Station and prepare history programs on our section of town which I present to local schools and the Stonington Historical Society.

I FACE THE PANDEMIC IN: Exercise daily, work on house projects; reseed the sections of my lawn where grubs have attacked and organize my research.

MY MOST PROUD ACHIEVEMENT: My marriage to my wife Marcia and our daughter Lora. In addition, becoming a police officer for the town of Stonington, being promoted to chief of police and attending the FBI Academy.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: A trip to Scotland to visit my brother’s wife.

I ALWAYS WEAR / WEAR: My phone, keys and sweatshirts (a lot now).

WHAT I WANTED TO BE BIG: A machinist like my father.

MY HEROES ARE: My mom and dad, Beatrice and Samuel Erskine, as well as my wife and best friend, Marcia.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: Bob Woodward and Lars Anderson.

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT: “Going to Pot” by Will Bennet and “Leaders of the Pack” by Rob Reischel.

THE THREE BEST SONGS FROM MY PLAYLIST: “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay, “My Way” by Frank Sinatra and “On Eagle’s Wings” by Michael Joncas.

THREE FAVORITE FILMS OF ALL TIME: “Winds of War”, “Deer Hunter” and “Mystic River”.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: “Blue Bloods”, “Yellowstone” and “Chicago, PD”


TOP COMFORT FEEDING: My wife’s banana nut bread and ice cream.


FEATURES I LOOK AFTER THE MOST: Honesty and loyalty.

PETS : When people procrastinate and when people don’t tell the truth.

FAVORITE QUOTE: Treat people the way you want to be treated.

MY FAVORITE THING ON OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Friendly and caring friends and neighbors for each other, the ocean and beaches we can enjoy, the recreational facilities we can use, and the attractions that draw people to our little corner of the world and support our businesses and business owners.

CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT: Trust and faith in the Lord.

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT ME: I didn’t want to speak in public when I was younger.

BEST TIP I EVER RECEIVED: Be honest and respectful to people.

TIPS I LIKE MOST TO GIVE: Be honest and respectful to people.

IF I RIDED THE WORLD, I WOULD DO: Promote unity, peace and love.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY: I wouldn’t believe it.

I DRIVE TO: 2012 GMC Acadia beige.

I WANT TO DRIVE: Nothing in particular.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Milk, fruits, vegetables and yogurt.

IF I COULD INVITE A SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: Frank Turek, former director of the Stonington Community Center for 38 years. He has played a positive role in the lives of many young people at the center, including mine.

– Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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