John M. Supek of Warwick (formerly of Franklin Square, Long Island, and Ozone Park, Queens) passed away in Huntington Hospital on Long Island on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. He was 81 years old.
Born in Queens on May 4, 1939, he was the son of Michael and Frances (Ciscek) Supek.
After proudly serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, John continued his life of service as a police officer with the NYPD from 1963-65.
He then transitioned to become a firefighter for the FDNY, appointed on Dec. 30, 1965, and assigned to Engine 288 where he bravely served the Maspeth, Queens, community for 26 years.
Married to Kathleen (Herrmann) Supek in May 1965, John was always very involved with his kids’ activities, especially coaching sports. As a kid he was a ballplayer himself and continued a lifelong love of the games, passing that on to his children.
He enjoyed refereeing all sports, particularly softball and football, for 26 years on Long Island and then another 25 years in Warwick.
John had great love for all animals, but was especially crazy about dogs and cats.
John is survived by his four loving children: sons Steven “Moe” and his wife Kelly of Mooresville, N.C., and Randy “Randell” and his wife Gaby of Melville; daughters Janet “JanLt” Drosselmeier and her husband Todd of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Lori “Punky” Capel and her husband Elijah of Carmel; and seven grandchildren: Shane ”Bubba,” Samantha ”Cookie,” Arden “Lulu,” Gavin “Gravy,” Mason “Georgie,” Connor “Rocky,” Jocelyn “Joey” and one on the way.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Kathleen “Lolly” in 2017 and four siblings: Nicky Supek, Mary Iwanyszyn, Olga Supek and Florence Baymack.
The family received friends Feb. 6 at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick.
A funeral blessing was celebrated on February at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home. Following the service, procession and burial in Warwick Cemetery follow.
Memorial donations in John’s memory can be made to aspca.org.
To send an online condolence, visit www.lsvpmemorialhome.com.