The Boston Police Department Extends Our Deepest Condolences to the Family and Friends of Retired Deputy Superintendent William “Billy” Celester who Passed Away on February 21, 2022

In 1968, Deputy Superintendent Celester fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Boston Police Officer.   As one of the original African-American members of the BPD Command Staff, Deputy Superintendent Celester was a mentor to many officers while assisting in diversifying the department to reflect the community it serves. In each rank that Deputy Superintendent Celester held, he built positive relationships with community members across the city.  Deputy Superintendent Celester retired from the BPD in 1995. 

Besides his position on the Command Staff, Deputy Superintendent Celester was one of the founding members of the union for African American Corrections and Law Enforcement professionals, MAAP (Massachusetts African American Police) which is now known as MAMLEO (Massachusetts Association Minority Law Enforcement Officers)

Funeral Arrangements will be held at Morning Star Baptist Church on Sunday March 6, 2022 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm followed by a Funeral Service from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.