Michael Cusack

Michael Cusack

Friday, September 7th, 1934 Thursday, June 4th, 2020

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Obituary for Michael Henry Cusack

Michael Henry Cusack, 85 of Brick Twp. and formerly of Sea Girt passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 in Jersey Shore Medical Center, in Neptune, NJ.
Harry, as he was known to all who knew and loved him was born in Jersey City to the late Michael J. and Laurette (nee Jennings) Cusack. He resided in Sea Girt for over 30 years before moving to Brick Twp. 8 years ago. As a resident of Brick, he was a Communicant of the Church of St. Martha, Point Pleasant, NJ.
As a young man, Harry served as a lifeguard in Long Beach, NY, an Iron Worker in Jersey City and 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army. He graduated from Seton Hall University and went on to a long career with Sinclair Oil and the Standard Oil Company of Ohio.
Harry was proud of his Irish heritage and his Jersey City upbringing. He maintained strong lifelong connections with friends from Jersey City, St. Peter’s Prep., Lincoln High School, Long Beach, NY and the Jersey City YMCA, where he was a champion handball player.
Following his retirement, he enjoyed traveling the United States with his wife, Loretta. He had a passion for visiting national parks and taking in the beauty of this great country. Harry loved everything about the Jersey Shore! He looked forward to his daily routine of driving the coastline from Sea Girt to Bradley Beach and back, followed by a swim at the South End Pavilion in Spring Lake. Well into his 80’s, he always said he “felt like a million bucks” after doing a half-mile in the pool. He appreciated a long walk on the boardwalk in Sea Girt, where watching the waves roll in gave him an overwhelming sense of peace and satisfaction.
Harry maintained a special, 50 year relationship, with his wife, Loretta. They shared a love for food, sports, travel, life experiences and family. Aside from Harry’s fanaticism for swimming, they did everything together.
Harry was very proud of all of his grandchildren and loved by them as well. He was an extreme dog lover and enjoyed walking his canine pal, Herman, around Spring Lake.

He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Maureen Vigna.
Surviving is his beloved wife of 39 years Loretta (nee Holowacz) Cusack, his sons Michael J. Cusack of Ipswich, MA, Marc Saeger of Lake Como, Gregg Saeger of Key Colony, FL, William Saeger of Las Vegas, NV and his daughter Laurie Herbst of Beachwood, his 9 grandchildren, and his sister Michele Conlin of Montclair.
A celebration of Harry’s life will be scheduled at a future date.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the O’Brien Funeral Home, Wall Twp.
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    4201 Rt. 33
    Tinton Falls, NJ
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Robert Lynch

I am so sorry for your loss. Harry was like a cousin to me growing up in Jersey City. The Lynch’s and the Cusack's were very close family friends. Harry’s parents were Uncle Mike and Aunt Laurette to the three Lynch kids. At very young ages (6-9 yrs old) , In the mid 1950’s we would often walk over a few blocks from our house on the Boulevard to their house on Stegman for a visit. Harry would always have the biggest warmest smile and make us feel genuinely welcome and happy to be there. Our parents were the closest of friends and that translated to the children. I last saw Harry at my Mothers funeral 6 years ago. Please let me know when there will be a service. Give my best to Michelle
Comment | Posted at 06:11pm via Condolence

Gene Pugliese

Always enjoyed swimming and good conversations with Harry at the South End pool and the Atlantic Club. He was a gentleman and he will be missed.
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Joshua Wernig

I am so very sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayer.

Comment | Posted at 10:14pm via Condolence

Edward Holowacz

So sorry to hear about Harry. I always enjoyed talking to him, listening to his stories, and laughing at his jokes. He was a true gentleman and well liked by all.
Ed Holowacz
Comment | Posted at 10:06pm via Condolence

Anne Marie Herbst

My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all of Harry's family. Harry leaves behind such a beautiful family and a legacy of love and success in all of his children and grandchildren.
It was always a joy to be in Harry's presence. Harry had a tremendous zeal for life, evident in his Irish eye's and smile. Harry always had a kind, loving and positive word for everyone he was around.
I will never forget Harry's kindness to me during my battle with cancer. Harry would pray for me at church, light a candle and always tell me he was rooting for me!
Whenever, I had the privilege to be in his presence, there was much laughter and love. Harry was indeed the greatest Irishman that I have ever known!
Blessings and Love,
Anne Marie Herbst

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