CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A longtime Chicopee police captain, who had twice served as the department’s acting chief, has passed away. Retired Senior Captain Joseph Wilk, Jr. died early Friday morning following a long illness, according to his son, Chicopee Police Department Officer Mike Wilk.
The elder Wilk joined the department in 1965, and rose up through the ranks to become a captain in 1981. In 1982 and 1990, he was appointed acting chief for the city.
The younger Wilk said that his father’s proudest moment came in 1992, when he was able to welcome his son into the department.
“The last seven years, a horrible disease took his mind and memories away. But they did not take mine. I will forever cherish every one,” Mike Wilk wrote on the department’s official Facebook page. “I will forever cherish every one. To my best friend, my dad, and the man I will always admire and respect the most, rest in peace. He will always be in my heart.”
Joseph Wilk, Jr. retired from the department with the rank of senior captain in 1995.