Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks

July 10, 1956June 5, 2019
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Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks 1956-2019

Deputy Chief Steven Silks passed away on June 5th, 2019 at the age of 62. Steve was born on July 10th, 1956 in the Bronx, New York to John and Harriet Silks. He attended PS 26, JHS 80 and Columbus High School. He then went on to Stony Brook University where he was a member of the Row team. In his early years, Steve was a member of Little League and a Boy Scout who always dreamed of making a difference in the world. He was also an entrepreneur from an early age and when he was only 13 years old, he started his own window washing business. He was also an avid fan of the Yankees but later on became a supporter of the Mets during his tenure working in Queens. Steve was a caring, thoughtful, fastidious, benevolent, and courageous person who always thought of others first. In September 1980, Steve fulfilled his dream of making a difference and began his illustrious 39-year career with the New York City Police Department. He began working in the 52nd Precinct before being promoted to Sergeant in February 1987; Lieutenant in June 1989; Captain in October 1992; Deputy Inspector in December 1996; Inspector in November 2001 and Deputy Chief in December 2006. Throughout his career he served in the 41st, 43rd, 44th, 47th, 48th, 49th, and 52nd Precincts as well as Bronx Task Force, Bronx Narcotics, The Police Academy, Firearms and Tactics Section, Office of the Chief of Patrol, Patrol Boroughs Brooklyn North, Queens South and Queens North. He was also responsible for implementing Heavy Weapons training in the wake of the 9-11 Terrorist attacks. Most importantly, Steve will be remembered as a true Cop’s Cop who always cared for those who had worked with him.

Steve’s passions and hobbies are too numerous to list and he experienced more in his lifetime than most people could ever imagine. He was an avid biker, gun collector, hunter, car enthusiast, marathoner, rower, mountain climber, member of The Rockaway Polar Bear Club and a true aficionado of fine cuisine. Steve possessed an incredible knowledge on a plethora of topics which he was able to recall without fail. He was also the life of the party and knew just about every celebrity you could think of. Steve had a seemingly endless list of friends and could always find someone the help they needed by making a simple phone call. Steve climbed nearly every bridge in New York City, rode a bicycle from Coast to Coast, climbed Mt. Everest, worked on a NASCAR pit crew, was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Freedom and the NYPD Holy Name Society Man of the Year Awards, won the 1981 Maccabiah games in pairs and even was a stand in guest at the Academy Awards. Steve really was The Most Interesting Man in The World.

Steve is survived by his sister, Cindy (Jeremiah) Dumais of South Carolina; brother, John (Diana) Silks of Maryland; nieces, Misty (Greg) Winters; Tina Riipi; April (Troy) Dandy; nephews, Benjamin (Porsche) Dumais, Keith Dumais, John Silks Jr; great niece Kellie; great nephews, Benji, Connor, Declan, Ryan; and many other family members; good friends, Cathy and Vincent Ventura, countless friends from every facet of life as well as the many members of the New York City Police Department that had the pleasure of knowing him. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that a donation be made to St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Steve’s Honor.


  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks

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Paul Plackis

June 17, 2019

Steve and I were crew team mates when we were undergrads at SUNY Stony Brook. It was a time period of our lives where we all had the time of our lives being college kids and enjoying every day. Steve will always be remembered as the kind of man you could count on, and would give you the shirt off his back.
If any of us ever knew what his plans were, we would have dropped everything and picked up the phone. We would have listened. We would have mentioned that a career is a lot like a "soiled dove" that you can love all you want; but it will never love you back.
I would have reassured by example that, even though I am crippled, there is still a way that one can learn to love retirement as an opportunity to continue helping and making others smile.
RIP Steve.

Vern Shoup

June 16, 2019

We were neighbors on University Ave in the Bronx. Steven was 3 years older than me, and friends with my sister. I was friends with his sister Cindy. My mother was a single mother on welfare. Steven gave me his suit so I could graduate 6th grade. I didn't know I would have a suit, and I felt amazing that day. I always remembered him for that. I can't believe he's gone so young. I was not surprised to read all of the things he did over his lifetime, he had a way about him, even back in 1971.

Kristy Gulotta

June 16, 2019

Still can't believe you're gone! We loved you for who you were, no matter what. You could of worked through this. I will miss you! :-(* Remembering our fun times-

Hal Laster

June 15, 2019

I this is the same person with whom I did a North-South Pedal for Power three-week bicycle charity ride (Portland, Maine to Orlando, Florida), 25+ years ago. If so, wow ... what a loss. He was truly unbelievably kind to everyone, and I do mean everyone!!!

My heart aches for his family, friends, and fellow officers.

If someone can verify the above Pedal for Power bicycle trip and let me know, that would be great. I think it was in 1990 or maybe 1991.

Maryalice Kindred

June 14, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Steven many years ago through my sister and her husband. All I can say is that some people you meet along this journey, make an impression that lasts forever. This particular soul did just that. He was a class act like no other. He seemed to set the bar a little higher for the rest of us. Steven, I pray you feel the love being sent your way and until we all meet again, may you find the peace you so deserve. You were a gift to all who knew you and I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to meet someone so rare and so very special. Thank you for all of your years of service to your fellow man, may we all try and give more of ourselves - as you did each and every day.

Colleen S

June 13, 2019

I’m in shock over this, RIP Chief.

Maureen (Moe) McKee

June 11, 2019

I will remember Steve as so much more than an amazing NYPD Deputy Chief, having worked up the ranks in a profession he loved so dearly. I will remember Steve as an amazing man, full of life, love, so caring, thoughtful and kind. I'm crushed by his passing.
My heart goes out to Steve's family and all who loved him.
Lord, help us through our grief. While we may not have the answers we long for, strengthen us with your grace.

Jeff Kraut

June 11, 2019

Steve was my college room mate at Stony Brook. We both came from the Bronx and had a lot of shared experiences growing up. Steve was one of those few unforgettable characters you meet during the course of your life. Whatever he did - he did with passion - he was all in - whether it was listening to Mountain and blasting their music into H-Quad from our dorm window or getting up before dawn to train with the rowing team. Every time we went somewhere it was an adventure. He was so genuine and friendly - he could strike up a conversation with anyone and he had many friends throughout his life.

I remember when he took the test and was accepted into the academy and how proud he was to join NYPD. We drifted apart but reconnected several years ago. He never was so happy when he was regaling me with stories from the Department , going to the Shot Show in Vegas or the car auction down south.

He was connected to his family but the NYPD was part of his DNA . The only thing he loved more than his job is the people he worked with. Over dinner, he told story after story - one topping the other - and would have me laughing unable to finish dinner. He was a great storyteller and a wonderful friend.

I wish I would have had the opportunity to grow old with him. I know we both would of enjoyed retelling old stories and sharing new ones.

My condolences to his family, his brothers and sisters in Blue and all those who called him a friend.

Boyd metz

June 10, 2019

Met Steve on a trip from Kansas and our L/E bond's made us instant friends.
We last met in Vegas (Jan 2019) with my close friends from Ireland for lunch, it was as always a conversation feast. My friend Sandra loved him as did all who knew him. My emotions are heavy with the loss and lack of understanding.

Judi Fike

June 10, 2019

My husbands best friend became my best buddy. We shared many wonderful visits with Steve in NY and he to our home in VA. We will cherish our memories.


Vinny and Steven