Graham Smith, a well known Bury St Edmunds police constable for 25 years, died on Good Friday following a stroke.
The former PC Graham Smith and his wife Eileen met in Gibraltar while they both served with the Royal Navy.
Graham joined Suffolk Police when they left the forces and returned to Eileen’s home town in June 1967.
The couple lived on the Howard Estate, which at that time had a community policeman who also covered the neighbouring Mildenhall Road Estate.
Eileen, who worked for the Bury Free Press for many years, said: “The estates’ community policeman had to go on a course so Graham was asked to do it for a fortnight and he did it for 12 years.
“He never wanted to be a sergeant or anything like that – he liked what he was doing.”
Even though the couple have lived in Great Barton for 20 years, Eileen said he was still stopped in the street by people who recognised him from his days as the community policeman on the two estates.
Graham, a member of Fornham Golf Club, was 74 and also leaves two daughters and five grandchildren.
His funeral will be held at Risby Crematorium on Tuesday April 21 at 12.45am. Eileen has asked for family flowers only.