Joseph "Jay" Biernacki

Born: Sun., Aug. 23, 1953
Died: Wed., Jun. 3, 2020

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Joseph “Jay” J. Biernacki, 66 of Terryville, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Jay was born on August 23, 1953 in Hartford, CT. He was the son of the late Joseph & Sophie (Yakowitz) Biernacki. Jay was predeceased by his parents and his sister the late Susan Guay of Terryville.

   He is survived by his son and daughter in law, William and Jill Bugbee, of Middlefield, CT, and their children Aidan and Cash. Jay is also survived by his cousins William and Judy Witik, Beverly Hoadley, Ben Vasnes and Juliana Roy.  He leaves behind his three best friends, Wayne Jenkins, Richard Lumpkin, and Paul Konopaske, who were like brothers to him and were by his side until the very end.

   Not only did Jay’s family mean the world to him, but he took great care of the ones he loved. Jay loved hosting family holidays and gatherings, as well as going to Disney World and Cape Cod. Jay truly was a man of integrity.

   Jay held a special place in his heart for his grandson, Cash Bugbee, who he lovingly, called the “Sundance Kid.” Despite his physical limitations, Jay was actively involved in Cash’s life. They would have weekly play dates, engaging in games of “Cops and Robbers”, Cowboys, Nerf guns, and golf.

   Jay graduated from Terryville High School where he played baseball and soccer. He attended Post Junior College and the University of New Haven where he majored in Criminal Justice.

   Jay was a dedicated Police Officer and Sergeant for the Town of Plymouth, CT, where he worked for 30 years before his retirement in 2008. He loved his community and continued to serve his local community as Police Commissioner of the Town of Plymouth for 5 years. In June 1989, Jay received recognition from the US Department of Justice for his pivotal role in the connection of the successful prosecution of a criminal organization. He also received recognition from the Department of the Treasury Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms in June 1989,  acknowledging his police work in a criminal case.  In June 2006, Jay received special recognition from Washington DC and the House of Representatives when he received the Life Saving Medal to honor his heroic acts in saving another person’s life.

   Due to Jay’s wishes services will be held privately.

Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville is handling arrangements.

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Sam Alkas
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
So sorry for your loss I new Jay when I was living in Terryville he had a big heart if you were strait with him would help you I was around 20 yrs old and good for the town of Plymouth

Robin Tedesco Graham
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
I am so sorry for the passing of Jay it's very sad to loose another Officer from Terryville but he will see his friends Greeting him at the Gates of Heaven Ugi, Paul, Wally, Clem, Paul , John R.I.P now you are with your family and Beautiful Sister Susan ....

Karen Burkr
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
To Jay’s family and friends. I’m sorry for your loss. I knew Jay since elementary school going to the the Biernacki house to visit his sister. The family is now all together again. Sincere condolences. Eternal peace.

Gerry Klepps
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
So sorry to hear of Jay's passing, we were good friends in high school. Sending love and prayers for the entire family ☹️.

John (jack)Schubert
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
Jay was a dedicated police officer and was a big help when he assisted me in many fire investigations. May he rest in peace

Barbara Rockwell
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Jay well but we would talk anytime we met on the street. He was always polite. He will be missed.

Marshall Allaben
   Posted Fri June 05, 2020
To Jay's family & friends. I am so sorry to hear of this unexpected loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

Paul LeClair
   Posted Sat June 06, 2020
Being a lifelong resident of Terryville I new J pretty well years ago my brother-in-law and I went to a Yankee game with several Terryville police officers NJ was one of them we had a great time also Jay was a dedicated police officer to the town of Terryville in Plymouth he will be missed by all that knew him rest in peace J

Tim Chapulis
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
Very sorry to learn of the passing of jay we had many great memories with jay in our town he was a great police officer always treated our family with respect the town has lost another outstanding officer may you RIP jay thank You for your service

Gregory Mattson
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
So sorry for your loss. I always had great respect for Jay ever since we played Little League baseball and grew up together. He will be missed.

Larry Nelson
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
I am saddened to read about Jay. He was my partner and many times my supervisor when
I worked the P.D. Always laughing and in for a little ribbing. Jay was very neat when wearing his uniformed and very polished. He gave me my nickname "Dancin Bear" a story saved for another day. Just reading about Jay triggers many thoughts of those officiers who pasted before him -- Fuller - Beals - Jim Senetcen - Uligorilo - Wally Mendella just to name a fewMWhen you work the Plymouth P.D. the crew was like family and always will be and when I
think of you I will keep you in my heart and each time I think of you and that pain in my heart occurs I know you did not go anywhere you are right there with me. I will always remember the call on Lake Plymouth Blvd and you called for back up and I had your back
enough said. Like I said earlier FAMILY #34 SIGNAL 10

Todd Romanko
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
I remember Jay and how he dedicated his whole life to his town of Terryville/Plymouth for more than 30 years as a police officer and on board of Police Commissioners. He saved my life during his days as an officer! Not only was he a friend he was also once married to my cousin! I would love seeing him at family gatherings and around town. He was a kind man! RIP Jay! Fly high above and watch over our town!

John O'Connell
   Posted Sun June 07, 2020
Sorry to hear of Jay's passing. I had the pleasure of playing baseball and soccer with him from little league thru high school. He was one tough competitive player either on the diamond or on the soccer field. But he had a great sense of humor and enjoyed the good banter of his teammates. RIP.

Dave Richardson
   Posted Mon June 08, 2020
I am very saddened to hear of Jay's passing. He was a great police officer and I thank him for his many years of service to the community.
I will always remember Jay as a classmate and a fierce competitor whether it be basketball, baseball or ping pong after school on the stage.
God Bless, he will be missed.

Melissa Stein
   Posted Wed June 10, 2020
My heart goes out to your family. My father (Pete Reid) was friends with Jay for a long time while working for the town. I still remember having to call him Officer B. because I couldn't pronounce his last name right. Many great memories of Jay and Mark stuffing their cruisers with candy for me and my brother to find while we washed the police cars. The world has lost a true angel.

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