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Swan Funeral Home

825 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT

OBITUARY

Michael J. Usiak

February 10, 1946August 11, 2019

Michael J Usiak, Age 73, of Madison, CT passed away unexpectedly on August 11th, 2019 with family by his side. Michael was born February 10th, 1946 in Manhattan, NY to the late Benjamin & Herta Usiak, previously residing in Yonkers, NY.

Mr. Usiak served in the United States Marine Corps, followed by a career as a highly decorated NYC Police Detective serving out of the 48th Precinct in the Bronx starting in 1968. Throughout his career as a detective he made over 500 high-danger arrests and was honored at the department’s 1976 Medal Day with the 2nd Highest medal, the Police Combat Cross.

Michael was a devoted and adored father, grandfather and friend who cherished time spent with family. A light hearted man, he had a loving and gentle nature with a great sense of humor.

He was a die-hard Yankees and New York “Football” Giants fan, and well-known within the family for his sports knowledge, in addition to his ability to keep everyone updated on world news. He loved Root beer floats, Scones, PF Changs, and most recently, Starbucks Macchiatos.

Michael will be most remembered for his devotion to his family, his sense of humor, his great advice, and his uncanny ability to always make everyone feel loved, appreciated, and smile.

Michael is survived and will be dearly missed by his son, Michael Usiak and wife Maria Usiak of Madison, CT, his daughter Lisa Usiak of Madison, CT, his former wife Nancy Usiak, of Melbourne, FL, grandchildren Michael, Blake and Brooke Usiak of Madison, CT, many nephews and nieces within the Usiak family, and of course, the NYC Police Brotherhood.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, August 18th with visitation hours from 1-4pm & mass from 4-5pm, at Swan Funeral Home in Madison, CT. Burial with Military & Police Honors will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY on Monday, August 19th, at 11:30 am.

Since Michael was a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, memorial donations in his memory may also be made in lieu of flowers.

Services

  • Calling Hours Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Burial Monday, August 19, 2019

Memories

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Patrick Freeman

August 16, 2019

Mike, you were such an amazing Police Officer. Someone we all looked up to in the 48. You and Kevin could have had a movie of your heroic exploits. Rest in peace that you deserve.
Pat Freeman

Charlie Krass

August 15, 2019

Mickey, we were boyhood buddies from Briggs Avenue. You will be missed my friend. You are a true patriot and you will always be in my prayers. RIP

Richard Fortino

August 15, 2019

Mike was a great cop and good friend. Rest in peace Mike.

Rick Strunck

August 15, 2019

Mike, you were one of the "big guys" (older kids) when I was growing up. I know you and my cousin, Ray Welden, were friends, and I remember listening to your stories even back then. No matter when you left us, it was years too soon. RIP

william friedlander

August 15, 2019

Mike, rest in peace my brother, having served faithfully and loyally.
The brotherhood of the Corps and the NYPD made us what we were then and now. God grant your family peace, tranquility and the strength to carry on and remember you in their hearts. HGod Bless.

Ray Alt

August 15, 2019

In early January 1974 I arrived, a 22 year old rookie straight out of the Police Academy, at the 48 Pct, the place I grew up. Sizing up all the seasoned street cops in action, and there were some real good ones to observe – some I knew from growing up in the precinct.., Mike stood out to me. Before my first month on the street had passed, it was the calm and deliberate Detective Mike Usiak with the rack above his Gold Shield that I wanted to emulate. He was the cop I wanted to be; he was a cop at the top of his class. That’s what I remember about Mike.

Edna Rivas

August 15, 2019

Dear Mike, I barely knew you at the 48, even though I've known you since the early 70s . . . over 40 years. We did not work together out there on those rough streets. Fortunately, I made it my business to make you a FB and email friend, and I was able to get to know what type of a good friend you really could be. You made me laugh at each email you sent. You have been an amazing person to know, and it was so easy since, we both come from such an amazing group of 48 people. Thank You for being a good on-line friend, and I guarantee, thinking of you will always put a smile on my face!

William Perlitz

August 15, 2019

I had the privilege of working with Mike in both uniform and plain clothes assignments as part of a 3 man team , (along with Kevin Moroney) it was a memorable time in my career.
Because of social media, we were able to stay in touch, I will miss our conversations

Patricia Salomone

August 15, 2019

We were in the same class for 8 years in St. Brendan's. We reconnected on Facebook several months ago.

Michael Cohen

August 15, 2019

Had the Honor to work with Mike in the 48 he was a great cop fearless smart and always ready to help his Brothers in blue. In fact when I bought my house and was house poor he helped us out by selling me his VW bug to commute with to save on gas for my 50 mile trip. Just a thoughtful man, he’s back with his partner Kevin once again Serving and Protecting! A GREAT MAN has gone to his eternal reward,

FROM THE FAMILY