To the Connolly family; Some say it is an honor to be part of the FDNY, the truth is it is an honor to work with and be friends with great men like Mike that make the FDNY what it is. I considered it a privilege to be one of “his guys” and look forward to the day we once again share a laugh and late night talk.
Mike... thanks for the fun times and fond memories.
I met Mike after we both retired. We met yearly at PJ's restaurant and I will miss his company there. I always looked forward to seeing him. He was a pleasure to be with.
Dear friend, until we meet again may the good Lord hold you in the palm of His hand. Give Margaret a hug when you see her. Peace and love to you and yours, Cathy Rogers
I had the great pleasure of being Mike's chauffeur in L -54. Mike was a great boss to work for. An even better friend on and off the job. Mike you are truly missed. I am very greatfull to have many many fond memories of you and our times together. Thanks for being Mike
Mike was one of the all time good guys. The news of his passing has saddened the hearts of so many. I feel so fortunate to not only had the opportunity to work with him, but as the years went bye, developed such an endearing friendship that I consider him my brother. We had so many great times together & I'm going to have fond memories for the rest of my days. Mike will be missed by all but he will never be forgotten. He was truly one of the best & is loved by all who knew him. Rest in peace brother, rest in peace.
A great husband, father, grandfather, firefighter, friend, co-worker, traveling companion and AN ABSOLUTE FDNY LEGION. He lit up every room and firehouse he ever entered. He will live on in the memories of everyone he ever met, both on and off the job he cherished to much. RIP pal. You have a huge reception of friends waiting for you to GET THE PARTY STARTED. Til we meet again, it was our ultimate honor to have you in our lives.
I have some great memories having shared 'a few pints' with Mike in New York and in Dublin. Mikes true strength lay in his gentleness and his laughter would fill a room with smiles.
I raise a glass to you Mike and may St Patrick hold you tight in the palm of his hand. Rest in Peace.
It was a honor to have you as a friend. You taught so many of us young guys the right way to go through this job. Things I still carry on today. You can't imagine how many peoples lives you made a difference in. You will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. We know that when you look down upon us you will always be smiling. God Bless You and your Family.
I had the honour of meeting Mike a number of times in New York for a few St Patrick Day's and here in Ireland he was larger than life and had a kindness that would fill any room he was in.
It is a pleasure to have shared time with him and I feel great sadness in his passing RIP. Mike
RIP Mike - You influenced so many lives wherever you went - to know you was to love you!
"They don't make 'em like that any more"
To Mike's family - on behalf of all of the members of the Gene Okane Division Of FDNY Retired, our sincerest condolences. We will not forget our brother,Mike. Paul Ryan, President
It was a pleasure to know and work with Mike in both Engine 36 and Ladder 54. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
It is my honor to be able to say that not only did I get to work with a great boss, I enjoyed many adventures both on and off the JOB with a good friend. The good times and memories will keep you with me always. Atta boy Lieutenant.
I came to Eng 96 and Ladder 54 back in 1985. I was a new young Lieutenant with little experience. You taught me a lot in my years there. You helped me climb the ladder for many years to come. It was a great place to work. A lot of good times both in the firehouse and outside. Great men to work with. My children remember you as Santa Clause. People always say when someone passes that " they will be missed." In this case you will be remembered. Thank you for being a friend, mentor and great guy. I am privilege to have known you. RIP
You will be missed by all you knew and touched. It was a pleasure to have worked with you in the greatest firehouse in the Bronx. Engine 96 & Tower Ladder 54 were never the same when you arrived, and were never the same when you left. God Bless you LT. Michael J, Connolly, R.I.P.
Iron Mike O'Rourke
RIP Lieutenant, well done. It was an honor to have worked with you and an absolute pleasure to be your friend. My deepest sympathy to all of Mike's family.
Dad I miss you and love you . It will never be the same. Love you for ever and ever your daughter patty