US Air Force


Michael P. Sklarsky

May 14, 1968 ~ June 26, 2018 (age 50)
First Sergeant Michael P. Sklarsky, USAF Reserves, of Miami Beach, FL, formerly of Bristol, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Miami Beach Florida. Mike was born on May 14, 1968 in Bristol and was the only son of Mary P. (Philpott) Sklarsky Shorette of Bristol and the late Philip T. Sklarsky, Jr. Raised in Bristol, he was a graduate of St. Joseph Grammar School and St. Paul Catholic High School Class of 1986. He entered the Air Force in 1987 and has remained an active Reservist for over 25 years. Stationed at Homestead Air Force Base, he was responsible for the supervision of 126 Airmen, and did four tours of duty overseas. Mike assisted in the recovery mission of Value Jet Flight 592 that crashed in the Florida Everglades in 1996. He received a degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and was currently employed as a Criminal Investigator Special Agent with Homeland Security. He was previously a Canine Handler with Border Protection for several years. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his longtime partner: Susy Insignares of Miami Beach, FL: his two sisters and brothers-in-law: Marcia and Joe Collin of Bristol and Marianne and Mark McCarthy of New Hartford; four nieces and nephews whom he adored and they considered the fun uncle: Jessica and Nicole Collin of Bristol, Jonathan Zeiner of Long Beach, CA and Hunter Zeiner of New Hartford; his only uncle, Michael Philpott, who was like a father to Mike after his own father passed away when he was 14 years old; step-brothers: John (Kathy) Shorette of Bristol, Randy (Linda) Shorette of Terryville, Glenn (Jodi) Shorette of Southington and Eileen Shorette; his “brother” Ken and wife Lauri Roy, who’s wedding he officiated, and their daughters, Kiley and Leah, his original Connecticut to Florida buddies David Hession and Peter Marcoux, and MANY, MANY friends. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his step-father, Donald Shorette, and his step-brother, Lawrence Shorette. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (July 3, 2018) at 11:30 AM at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol. Burial with honors bestowed as an Air Force Reservist and Law Enforcement Officer will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Monday between 5 and 8 PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Bristol Boys and Girls Club, 255 West Street, Bristol, CT 06010. Please visit Mike’s memorial web-site at
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