Michael C. Osiecki
After a wonderful day with family and friends, Mike Osiecki passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 13, 2013.
Born to Thaddeus and Vincentina Osiecki, Mike was raised in Middletown, CT, and attended Woodrow Wilson High School.
graduation in 1978, Mike
entered the Marine Corps and proudly served our nation for more than 10 years.
For the past 25 years, Mike
served the citizens of Middletown with the South Fire District and was actively involved in his
supported many local charities and was always available to lend a helping hand to friends and family.
was pre-deceased by his parents and his aunt, Ann C. Fraulino.
will be missed every day by his
nieces: Kristin, Alyssa, Jennifer and Melissa.
extended family includes Mama Gaski; Lynn Gaski and her children, Chadd and Sarah; Scott Gaski and his girlfriend, Lucy, and Scottâ€™s children, Christa, Savanna, and Coral.
Mike is also survived by his â€œbest buddyâ€â€"Jack, his faithful Weimeraner.
also leaves behind his
fellow firefighters at South Fire District, who have lost a brother.
firefighting service as a volunteer in 1977.
On July 4, 1988, he became a career firefighter at Middletownâ€™s South Fire District, a job he loved until his death.
commitment to the unions that built and serve our country was fierce and lifelong.
As a member of Middletown Local 1073 International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), he volunteered to be union steward for South Fire and took numerous classes on labor, health and safety issues.
He served Local 1073 as Vice President and, when South Fire applied to form its own local chapter in 1998, Mike served as Local 3918 IAFFâ€™s first president.
In addition, Mike was a prominent member of Mickey Millaneâ€™s Fighting Third District of the IAFF; a member of the Executive Board of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut (UPFFA); and Sergeant-at-Arms at numerous IAFF conventions.
Mikeâ€™s focus was the health and safety of all firefighters nationwide; he served as Chairman of the UPFFA Health & Safety Committee and as a member of the AFL-CIO Health & Safety Committee.
received a Political Activist Award in 2004 from the AFL-CIO for his
outstanding work on behalf of union members.
As a member of the Executive Board of IAFF 3918, Mike helped negotiate six contracts for the firefighters of South District.
other passion was Workers Memorial Day, and every year, he
would attend events that supported the families of workers who lost their lives while doing their job.
was an avid biker and tremendously enjoyed his
second family at Yankee Harley-Davidson.
proudly served the Connecticut Patriot Guard and West Conn Hog (Harley Owners Group).
was a wonderful cook, famous especially for his
had a way with animals and kids, and all the children of his
fellow firefighters and friends have special memories of being teased by Mike
loved nothing more than spending time on Cape Cod with Brenda and Jack.
Anyone who knew Mike
knew that his
passion for life was contagious, and his
personality was as big as the joy he
brought into any room.
In the words of one friend, â€œThe only thing bigger than his
mouth was his
left us much too soon, and he
will be sorely missed.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 17, from 2-8 p.m. at Dâ€™Angelo Funeral Home
, 22 South Main Street, Middletown.
The funeral will be held Friday, October 18, at 11 a.m., St. Sebastianâ€™s Church
, 155 Washington Street, Middletown.
Immediately following the mass, Mike
will be laid to rest at St. Sebastianâ€™s Cemetery in Middletown.