Monday, February 21, 2011

RIP Tony Ceriale

Sad news today.

Tony Ceriale, father of slain Officer Michael Ceriale, passed away. A small service will be held at Simkins Funeral Home, 6251 Dempster Street, Morton Grove on Tuesday 22 February from 1500 to 2000 hours.

RIP Mr. Ceriale. We're sure Michael was awaiting your arrival at the Pearly Gates.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony was a GREAT guy RIP...Thanks for posting this.

2/21/2011 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Frustrated 50 said...

Rest in peace Mr. Ceriale, you raised an honnorable son who was taken away from us way too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with the Ceriale family.

2/21/2011 08:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such sad news, although he is reunited with his son. I worked with Mike on 1st watch in the 002nd District.. To this day I think of him and that tragic night often. I only had 2 years on the job when Mike got killed. Even though the landscape of the 002nd District has changed and its been 10 years since I left 002, when I drive down state st my heart sinks when I am at root st the site where he got shot. I remember the week long vigil at the hospital and the awesome turnout for blood. I don't think his mother or father slept all week, always there. Some things stay with you on this job and I think this one will stay with me forever. RIP Mr. Ceriale, I know your son was there to greet you...

2/21/2011 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


2/21/2011 09:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Ceriale,
You are in good company up there.
Rest in Peace, in peace.

2/21/2011 09:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 marks the 1 year anniversary of the death of Sgt. Haymaker, killed while traversing the perilous conditions along Lake Shore Drive in route to an in progress call on 22 February 2010.
A brief memorial will be held near the site at the app. time of death, to wit, 0500 hrs.
Interested members need to be at 4100 N. Marine Drive (Irving Park) no later than 0445 hrs.
Personally, I believe 'every district should send at least one car' to participate.
For further information, go to the Chicago Police Sergeants website and click on the lead topic for all the information relative to time, location, parking etc.
All Gave Some Because Some Gave All

Mr. Ceriale, you are in great company now up there. Rest in Peace.

2/21/2011 10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Mr Ceriale....Thoughts and Prayers to the family

2/21/2011 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Ray said...

RIP good Sir.

2/21/2011 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still remember Mr. C. like it was yesterday, during the time Mike was murdered and the trial, God Bless You Sir!

2/21/2011 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Godspeed Mr C.!!

2/21/2011 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Defective Detective said...

I remember this grief stricken man after the shooting. He was a true exemplar of the father who loved and admired his son.

After Michael was shot and doctors valiantly worked to stop the hemorraging wound, Michael's legs had to be amputated as a final effort to save his life. Tony Ceriale would have given his life to save his son.

God rest your special soul, Tony. There is a special place in heaven for you and Michael.

2/21/2011 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Only Mama Knows said...

I was in peer support during that long ordeal and he was so devastated during it all I almost didn't think he could bear it another day.
Its nice to think they are together now. God Bless that whole family.

2/21/2011 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A day I will never forget @ 4101 Federal. RIP Mike and Tony ! Housing Trooper.

2/21/2011 03:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP, Tony.

Unfortunately, a memorial to Officer Ceriale at Horner Park was not installed and dedicated in time for Tony to attend.

Near the ball fields where Mike played, the memorial includes a flagpole and benches. Stop by when the weather is better.

2/21/2011 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Mr. Ceriale, You did a wonderful job representing your late son.

2/21/2011 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Sir. You are with your son now.

2/21/2011 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The ceriale name is cpd lore. I as a PPO years after his murder several old timers as partners for the day tell his story. Also recently I heard his name brought up after a roll call. He touched a lot of people. God bless him & family.

2/21/2011 06:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still have teardrops once in a while watching Mr. Ceriale on television. The most sweetest & saddest face I can ever imagine.

God Bless Mr Ceriale and may you peacefully join your son in heaven!

2/21/2011 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless the Ceriale Family
You are in our prayers

2/21/2011 06:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless the Ceriale family!

2/21/2011 07:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spoke to the Suburban Police where Mr. Ceriale passed. They told me that he had Mike's Chicago Police ID in his pants pocket. His residence had a lot of CPD memorabilia relating to Mike on the walls. Gave me the chills and brought tears to my eyes. He died with a broken heart. I'm glad they are together now. Stay safe out there.

2/21/2011 07:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hot of the press. Tallk at HQ of a Detective class going in soon. Call your clout before its too late!

2/21/2011 08:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch this clip of Ernie Brown on the news and you will see our great leader fails to have the correct name plate on his uniform

2/21/2011 09:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers go out the the Ceriale family.

2/21/2011 09:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless you and your family. Your son was a great cop!!! I will never forget the allcall by the Supt when your son died.

2/21/2011 09:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless you Ceriale family.. I went to school with Mike, donated blood for Mike and stood vigil outside Cook County Hospital with dozens and dozens of officers... I didnt know his father well.. Met him a few times but what a strong man to be able to withstand the pains of losing Michael whom he deeply loved. I dont know if I could do the same... God bless your soul Mr Ceriale and please watch over the Ceriale family. Sincerely Mark Golosinski Gordon Tech Alumni 1989

2/21/2011 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh -- the shooter, Jonathan Tolliver, is still in Menard. He will be 77 when he gets out -- if he ever gets out.

Admission Date: 07/23/2001
Projected Parole Date: 07/29/2058

2/22/2011 02:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless, Ceriale family.

2/22/2011 02:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met Tony in Acapulco when he would travel there with Mike Hoke.

He was an interesting fellow and loved all Chicago Police officers and was dedicated in seeing all of those involved in his son's murder incarcerated forever!


2/22/2011 06:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the vigil outside the County Hospital also. I worked housing back then. I was sick about his killing. I'm sure what happened to this young copper took years off his dad's life. So sad, RIP Mr. Ceriale.

2/22/2011 07:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to school with Mike, never forget the touchdown pass he caught in the back of the end zone against St. Rita. I think it tied the game. We lost (Gordon Tech) because of a bad call by the ref. Two point conversion was good but it was seen different by the officials. Mike was just that kind of guy, come through when it mattered and made a difference. Mike would talk me into taking the Irving Park bus home when he went to his dad's even though I lived closer to belmont never knew why I would go along but I'm glad I did because we had some conversations and laughs. God bless. We did win that game.

2/22/2011 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Ceriale, may you rest in peace and share eternal life with your son Mike.

2/22/2011 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when Officer Ceriale was reported wounded. I remember the pictures on the news of all the officers standing outside of County. I remember hearing that he didn't make it. I cannot imagine the pain Mr. Ceriale went through for all those years. He stood for his son when his son could not. What a fine father he was.

RIP Mr. Ceriale. Enjoy your son forever

2/22/2011 08:12:00 PM  

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