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Michael Galik

AGE: 87 • Middletown

On November 22, 2017 one of the finest men to ever live went "Home" to be with the Lord, he was 87. Michael (Mike) was born and raised in Jersey City and moved to Middletown in 1968. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, grandpapa, uncle and friend.

For over 35 years Mike worked for Western Electric/AT&T as Director of Engineering. He and his team worked & developed many of the communication systems we use today. There was not a math equation he could not solve. Mike attended Stevens Institute of Technology and received a B.S. Degree in Engineering from Rutgers University. Prior to, and during his career in Engineering, Mike was honored to serve his country. He spent 38 years in the Army & Army Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with his last assignment being at the Pentagon in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff. To quote one of his evaluations; "Michael is a methodical, innovative and logical Officer, possessing the ability to distill complex problems into basic issues."

Mike was a lifetime parishioner of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Jersey City. He was a member of the St. Mary's Choir where he met his wife, Margaret Popovich when they were 8 years old. Their loving marriage lasted for 58 years until her passing on August 12, 2013.

Surviving are 2 daughters; Michelle, her husband Michael Wiederhold of Middletown, and Lynne, her husband Robert G. Lafferty of Middletown along with 2 granddaughters - Kelly Kimball and her husband Bob, and Tara and her husband Jay Parker; 5 great-grandchildren - Bobby and Joey Kimball, Cole, Maggie and Greyson Parker; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Galik, his "Brother Joe" and his wife Rachel along with his "Sis", Helen and husband Teddy Lewandowski.

Michael was known by all as a "True Gentleman" in every sense of the word. His devotion to his family, faith, friends and country was unbreakable. When you needed advice or words of encouragement, you sought out Mike. One of Michaels's many attributes was his love of family. There was no bond stronger. The love of his life was Margaret. Theirs was a love story right out of the movies. Michael was always the Gentleman and she was always his Lady. They started their day with a song and a kiss and ended with Margaret saying Sweet Dreams My Love sealed with a kiss. Michael was not just a dad to Michelle & Lynne, he was "Dad" to all who knew and loved him.

At 67 years of age Mike suffered a massive stroke and for the next 21 years he fought unbelievable odds. He met every obstacle & challenge with dignity, courage and grace, just as a "Soldier" would do. Mike's words were far and few, however this did not matter since he always greeted you with a smile and a kiss on the hand and an "air kiss" on your goodbyes. He was an amazing man who provided everyone he met with hope, love and kindness.

Dad's desire in life was to be the best that he could be for his family. He gave us his Heart and Love, and made us know what it feels like to be respected, valued, and completely loved. For this we will forever be thankful. Daddy, our hearts are breaking but we know you are walking, speaking and singing again, but most of all you are with Mom. We love and miss you both.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at John F. Pfleger Funeral Home, 115 Tindall Road, Middletown. A Funeral Liturgy will be offered on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 9:30 am at St. Catherine's Church, 110 Bray Ave, North Middletown. A burial will follow at Holmdel Cemetery, Holmdel. In lieu of flowers please donate to in honor of Michael Galik. For more information, to send condolences, or for directions, please visit www.pflegerfh.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 27, 2017
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