Michael Kevin Halloran
Michael Kevin Halloran passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday, June 13, 2021. He died at home surrounded by his adoring family following a very brief illness.
He was born in Yonkers, NY on November 7, 1934, the youngest child of Thomas and Clara Kelly Halloran and was raised on Andrews Avenue in the Bronx Borough of New York City and later in Katonah, NY. Mike was a 1952 graduate of Katona High School and after graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in Korea following the cessation of hostilities in the Korean War. Mike was honorably discharged and later enrolled at Boston College to study history. There he was elected class president and played football.
In 1958, Mike left Boston College and returned to New York City, where he worked on Wall Street before deciding upon a career in law enforcement. In July of 1959, he joined the New York State Police and quickly established himself as a tough, no-nonsense hardworking trooper and quickly earned the nickname “Iron Mike.”
“Iron Mike” served the people of New York state over his thirty year career with distinction. He rose through the ranks of the state police serving in both the BCI and uniform force. He made Lieutenant in 1971, Captain in 1975, Major in 1981, Staff Inspector in 1984, and Lieutenant Colonel in 1987. In this final capacity, he was placed in charge of the entire uniform force of New York state as Assistant Deputy Superintendent until his retirement in September of 1989.
In September of 1961, Mike married Gladys Farrell of Brewster, New York. Their growing family moved from Brewster to Northville, New York. in the summer of 1971. Over the next thirty-seven years, he lived out a childhood family dream of raising horses, cows, pigs, turkeys and chickens in the country. He loved working with his hands outdoors and with the help of his built-in crew of seven children, toiled on the land every chance he got.
Mike had many hobbies over the years. He was an accomplished artist and woodworker, and a voracious reader and consumer of information throughout his life. With a near photographic memory, he could quote Shakespeare and other classics for hours without hesitation. He also enjoyed gardening, music, hunting and fishing.
Above all else, Mike was completely devoted to his wife of 59 years and to his seven children, seventeen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren (with two more on the way). He was a great conversationalist, story and joke teller. His ability to impart faith, wisdom, practicality and levity to any situation was a blessing for those who knew him. To know him was to love him and he will forever be in our hearts and minds.
In addition to his parents, Michael was predeceased by a brother, Thomas; and two sisters, Patricia and Mary.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys; seven children, Michael Jr. (Elaine), John, Paul (Marlene), Judith Scunziano (Michael), Daniel (Jeanne), Thomas (Hanna), and David (Joanne).
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown, NY. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2021, at St. Francis of Assisi, 501 Bridge Street, Northville, NY, with the Rev. Jun Segura, officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.