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Obituary for Richard John Wolak

Richard John Wolak, 83, of Brick, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2024. He was born and raised in Perth Amboy where he met and married Jane and began his 33 year career in law enforcement. They later moved to Matawan where he joined the Matawan Police Department and where they resided and raised their family for the next 48 years. After retiring from the Matawan P.D. as a detective they subsequently settled in Brick in 2021. In his spare time, he enjoyed photography, taking photos, road trips, and watching old cop shows and movies on the computer.

His first priority and greatest joy was always his family. He adored his children and lived to see that his wish for them to be successful in life and find loving spouses was fulfilled.  The icing on the cake came with the birth of his granddaughter, Gabrielle, to John and Kristen in 2014. He talked about Sandy, Jon, John, Kristen and Gabby every day and wanted them and Jane to be happy and healthy.

He is predeceased by his parents, John and Josephine Wolak. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Jane Wolak, of Brick; daughter Sandra Burkard and her husband Jon, of Brick; son John Wolak and his wife Kristen, of Brick; granddaughter Gabrielle Wolak, and nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering for Richard will be held in O’Brien Funeral Home, 505 Burnt Tavern Road, Brick NJ 08724 on Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. For information, directions, or condolence messages to the family, please visit