PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Retired Port Chester detective Joseph Poletsky died Feb. 4 at the age of 91.
A decorated World War II Veteran, Poletsky retired from the Port Chester Police Department as detective lieutenant after 27 years. He was a longtime member of the Port Chester PBA and Port Chester Old Timer's Association.
The son of the late Joseph and Avdakaya Budko Poletsky, he was born March 17, 1920. Raised and educated in Port Chester, Poletsky graduated from Port Chester High School in 1938. He served in the Army as master sergeant in the Pacific Theater. After his division provided reinforcement for the First Marine Division during the invasions of Guadalcanal and Bougainville, he received two bronze stars.
After his honorable discharge from the Army, he joined the police department in 1947. Carl Verrastro, former department chief, said in a condolence that "Poletsky was a highly respected police commander and more importantly a good and decent man."
On Oct. 7, 1950, Poletsky married Susie Fusco in Yonkers. She predeceased him Nov. 14 of last year. Following his retirement from the police department, he worked for Combe, Inc. in White Plains for many years and then Blind Brook Country Club in Purchase as a golf ranger.
Poletsky was a parishioner of St. Mary's Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church. He also served as district leader for the Democratic Party. An active member of the Port Chester YMCA, he enjoyed golfing and fishing.
He is survived by his son Joseph W. (Cindy) Poletsky of Riverside, Conn., his daughter Barbara (Joe) Bellantoni of Hanover, Mass., four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his sister Olga Zachar of Greenwich, Conn. and many nieces and nephews. Poletsky was predeceased by his brother Alexander Poletsky and his sisters Marya Shepanik, Stella Cronchuck, Anna Cofone and Margaret Allen.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday at St. Mary's Holy Assumption Church in Stamford, Conn. Funeral arrangements were made by Craft Memorial Home . In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to any veteran or police charity association.
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