When Abraham G. “Abe” Pitre Jr., 44 of Perth Amboy, died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, reports described his death as “sudden” but it has been disclosed that the Chief of the Perth Amboy Fire Department committed suicide by shooting himself with a gun.
According to agent Andrea Boulton, a spokesperson for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, “circumstances surrounding the death of Fire Chief Pitre is not considered suspicious.”
Pitre was a lifelong resident of Perth Amboy, an alumnus of Perth Amboy High School, Class of 1990.
Pitre was employed by Perth Amboy Fire Department for more than 24 years and served four years as Chief. He previously served as a volunteer firefighter and First Aid Squad member.
He was a member of the New Jersey Association of Exempt Firemen, the New Jersey Fire Chief Association,the Harley ~ Davidson Club of Rahway and the Porsche Club of America, New Jersey Chapter.
Pitre left behind his wife Krystyna Sulikowski-Pitre, and three children: Philip, Michael, and Kalep.
His obituary said, “Abe is survived by his beloved wife Krystyna Sulikowski-Pitre; devoted father of Philip and his wife Lisa Sulikowski, Michael, Kalep and Juliet Pitre; loving son of Abraham G. Sr., and Iraida ( nee Medina ); dear brother of Iris Pitre; cherished nephew, uncle of many aunts, uncles and cousins.”
Mayor Wilda Diaz issued a statement that said, “We ask that you keep Abraham Pitre’s love ones and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn this devastating loss.” When he was sworn into the job, Diaz said Pitre was the first Latino career Fire Chief in New Jersey.
In April, he posted on Facebook: “This past week was my 20th wedding anniversary. Krys and I have been through the good and bad times and the sickness and in health times. Although I know I am a man of many faults I am happy I married her and would love another 20 years (at least) to better my faults and load up on the good times until we are wrinkly and old.”
He also picked up a new car in April, and said, “Although I should be super excited. The adult in me says it’s just a car and there are a lot more important things in life like family and health.” Another Facebook post says he spent Easter Sunday morning with his dad at the park.
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