John Dzielak

August 8, 2012


John DzIelak
John S. Dzielak, 91, passed away at his home in Mechanicsville, Virginia, on August 8. John retired from the city of Syracuse Police Department in 1977 after 31 years then worked at KeyBank in Syracuse, retiring after 13 years. He was a U.S. Army Air Force WWII veteran of the India/Burma Campaigns, serving in the 51st Fighter Control Squadron.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Lucy; two sons, Michael and (wife) Jennifer Dzielak of Montpelier, VA, and David and (wife) Marilyn Dzielak of Jackson, MS; along with two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Mass will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Basilica at 9 a.m. on September 7, followed by interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from September 1 to September 2, 2012

John was one of my mentors when I transferred into CID. He was in that special group of WWII vets who joined the PD right after the war and became civil service detectives. By decree of Chief Patrick Murphy, the rank of Detective was abolished and they were all made Sergeants. Only the best were allowed to continue in CID, and John was one of them. While no passing is without sadness, I was so pleased that John had a long and full retirement. See you on the other side, bro. - Jack Winter, editor