Michael Tesler

Michael Tesler

Friday, February 6th, 1942 - Thursday, April 9th, 2020
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Michael Tesler, husband, father, uncle and friend to many, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was 78 years old. He was born on February 6, 1942 and was raised in the Bronx, where he would eventually meet his one true love Florence, who passed away in 2018. Michael, or “Mike” to those who knew him best, was cherished father to Francine, Serena and husband Robert (LoMonaco) and Deanna and John (Keane); adoring brother of William and wife Theresa, and nephews Joseph and John.

Raised in the Bronx, Mike was known for his big smile, hearty laugh, brilliant mind; and magnetic, direct and opinionated personality. He loved his family and friends, called everyone by their first name, and was a fighter. Mike always looked you straight in the eye, held your hand with a firm grip and told you exactly “like it is” without concern — all with a smile.
Known for being a ‘cop’s cop,’ Mike served as a police captain on the NYPD, and was on the job for over 30 years, receiving numerous recognitions, awards, and commendations throughout his career, and even after retiring, remained faithful to his brothers in blue — always willing to provide advice and help in recruitment efforts for others join the force.

Mike had a love for music. Classical. Broadway. Swing. Blues. Jazz. Opera. He could pick up any instrument and play any song—without sheet music. In fact, before joining the Police Academy, he studied and played clarinet and tenor saxophone, and was with the first American Bandstand, then called the “Dick Clark Show,” when there were live instruments. He even considered going professional, but he gave it all up for the love of his life, Florence, who he remained faithful to up until his last breath. It is only fitting that one of his all-time favorite singers, Andrea Bocelli, sang to celebrate life and new beginnings this Easter. We know that he is up in heaven, reunited with her, and they are singing and dancing together, once again.

Mike will be missed for his wit, humor, wisdom, endless lectures, big beautiful smile and blue eyes, his ‘check in and safety calls,’ and most of all love. We will miss him dearly.

A celebration of Michael’s life will be held at a later date.
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