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TRIBUTE: He was a gentle giant, with a heart that was even bigger, those who knew Gregory Korczak said.

Despite losing a portion of his leg to diabetes a few years ago, he had a strong will and was determined to serve his community as a Special Police Officer and dispatcher — and was proud of it.

Gregory W. “Goose” Korczak suffered a massive heart attack at his home while preparing for his family’s Easter celebration on Sunday.

Gregory W. “Goose” Korczak

Despite efforts from fellow police officers who were there within minutes, as well as aid from ambulance corps members and paramedics, the father of three was pronounced dead at Hackensack University Medical Center at 11 a.m.

“He had such an enormous heart,” said Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler, whose funeral home is handling the arrangements. “We will miss him deeply and will give him the honor that he and his family deserve.

“He will be laid out in his police uniform and we will provide a most dignified and appropriate sendoff,” the chief said.

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In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made to Greg’s children’s college fund:

Attention: Korczak Children
John Hancock Freedom 529 Fund
c/o Z. Korczak
4 Rosario Court
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

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A funeral Mass is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 488 Saddle River Road, Saddle Brook, followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saddle Brook.

Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) at Kugler Community Home for Funerals, 311 Fifth Street, Saddle Brook (973) 478-2500

Korczak was appointed Special Police Officer in 2005 and continued in both that post and as a dispatcher until his death.

He was also a Saddle Brook High School wrestling coach, a Saddle Brook Recreation Junior Falcons football coach and a girls and boys basketball coach.

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