Randall “Randy” L. Hackett, 64, passed away January 7th 2021.
Randy was born to Robert and Betty Hackett and grew up in Pompton Lakes. He later moved to Kinnelon where he attended Kinnelon High School and played football. Randy met Doreen (nee Zisa) in 2000 and the two got married in 2010. He became a police officer of Riverdale NJ and retired after 25 years and loved every moment of being an officer. He still wanted to keep busy and as a retirement job he worked as an investigator with Travelers' Insurance Company.
Randy loved to golf and go on vacation. He would cherish the times he went to the Bahamas, Bermuda and especially Tennessee. He enjoyed scuba diving and going to the casinos when he could. The best part of his life was his family. When Randy married Doreen, he not only gained a loving wife, but he gained his stepchildren Nicole and Michael which he treated and cherished them as if they were his own. He loved to be a grandfather and would be the “fun grandpa” to bring the grandchildren to fun activities. Even if it was just babysitting, the grandkids were always excited to see grandpa.
Randy was known to help others and would try to aid when he could. He found a calling to be a police officer for the simple reason to help his community. With his personality of trying to make things better for others, he took action during his time with the police department by supporting his fellow colleagues and future police officers by fighting for better benefits such as the Police and Firefighter Retirement System. Riverdale was one of the few departments in the state still enrolled in the old pension system. Because of the efforts of Randy, he was able to get those remaining departments enrolled in the new Police and Firefighter Retirement System. He was not only trying to better things involving the police department, but Randy took action when his community needed it most. He was involved in aiding in the 9/11 tragedy. He went into New York City to lend any help he could. His big heart did not limit himself there, he also involved himself in any type of animal rescue. He would always want to make a difference even if it was a small task.
Randy is survived by his wife Doreen; his stepchildren Nicole Pokrywa and her husband Bob of Kinnelon; Michael Caliente and his wife Kristina of Pine Brook; his grandchildren Isabella and Joseph Pokrywa and Vincent Caliente; his brother Robert Hackett Jr. and his wife Debra of Delaware; his nephew Ian and neice Taylor. Randy is predeceased by his sister Diana Hackett which passed away in 2002.
There will a memorial service held at the Pompton Reformed Church in Pompton Lakes at 11am Saturday, January 16, 2021. The doors will be open at 10am for anyone that would like to pay their respects to the family before the service begins. The church does have limited capacity of 50 people. There will be a livestream of the service for anyone that can not attend. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to the Animal Humane Society in memory of Randy.
For the Livestream Memorial Service please go to pomptonreformed.org at 11am Saturday, January 16, 2021.