The wake for retired Bergen County Police Chief John “Jack” Schmidig is scheduled for this Monday, followed by a funeral Mass the next morning at St. Phillip Apostle Church in Saddle Brook.
Arrangements are being handled by Trinka-Faustini Funeral Home, 439 Maywood Ave., Maywood, where visiting is scheduled for 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.
Tuesday’s Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. at St. Phillip’s at 488 Saddle River Road.
Schmidig, admired for his loyalty to his staff, died at age 65 on Wednesday in Port Charlotte, FL, where he lived with his wife. She was coming north to make final arrangements.
“A cop’s cop and a great backup on and off the job,” New Milford Police Chief Frank Papapietro wrote of Schmidig. “He was my true friend and mentor….”
Many other police chiefs in Bergen turned to Schmidig for advice, as well, Papapietro wrote.
“It’s no secret that aside from his family he loved the Bergen County Police most of all,” he added. “All of us who knew him took something from his insights and street learned experiences.
“Bergen law enforcement will feel this loss for a long time.”
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