Brooklyn Police Sergeant Terrance J. McAvoy, 30, born and raised on Staten Island Terrance J. McAvoy, 30, of Staten Island, passed away July 27, 2019. Born on March 2, 1989, in Staten Island, Terrance was raised in Westerleigh prior to moving to Lacey Township, N.J. He graduated from Monsignor Donovan High School in 2007. He was an accomplished athlete in football, wresting and power lifting. Terrance graduated in 2011 from St. John’s University, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He entered the police force in 2011 and was promoted to sergeant in June of 2018, working in Brooklyn. He was an avid sports fan who loved the Oakland Raiders. Terrance was well-loved by everyone he met. He is survived by his mother and father, Marialice and Keith McAvoy; his brother, Ryan McAvoy; sister, Kerry McAvoy; sister-in-law, Naomi McAvoy, and nephew, Declan McAvoy. Visiting is Wednesday, July 31, from 7 to 9 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 1, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Harmon Funeral Home. The funeral is Friday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at Blessed Sacrament Church, Staten Island.
Saint Michael, heaven’s glorious commissioner of police, who once so neatly and successfully cleared God’s premises of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional eyes on your earthly force. Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair for investigation and wise judgment. Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores, strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations. You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences with the devil, that the police officer’s lot on earth is not always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration. And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all the people. Amen.
Staten Island, NY – New York Police Department (NYPD) Sergeant Terrance “Mac” McAvoy died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his New Dorp home on Saturday.
Sgt. McAvoy was assigned to the Brooklyn Transit unit, but had served most of his eight-year career in the NYPD in the 72nd Precinct before his promotion to sergeant.
The 30-year-old sergeant was found dead inside his home on July 27 with a gun near his body, the New York Daily News reported.
Friends said that when Sgt. McAvoy did not report to work, some fellow officers went to his home to check on him and found him deceased.
“For those who did not know him, Sergeant McAvoy was a highly respected veteran of the NYPD, working in the 72nd precinct before being promoted to SGT in Brooklyn Transit. He had made and assisted on hundreds of arrests and had made an impact on making New York City a safer place for all of us,” a friend who worked with the sergeant wrote on Facebook.
“He loved being a Police Officer; it was his dream job from an early age. A ‘walking patrol guide’, he was an inexorable beacon of knowledge and professionalism. He was more than just a cop, however; a deeply spiritual and intellectual person, Terrance was a once-in-a-lifetime friend,” the post continued.
“Anyone who knew him will tell you he was the happiest person they knew. There were no bad days with Terrance, and to be around him was to laugh until your abdominal muscles hurt and your cheeks were sore. A deeply patriotic American, Terrance embodied what it means to be proud of one’s country,” the friend wrote. “Above all else, Terrance cared immensely about his family and friends, having been the best man at three weddings and the godfather to three children. The world is a shade darker without him.”