Gregory J. Bartz, 62 of Madison, passed away May 1, 2011 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born June 11, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Roger and Geraldine (Foote) Bartz. Gregory is survived by loving wife of 16 years, Dawn (Mirone) Bartz and children; Katherine Bartz, Payton Bartz, Sam Bartz, Shaun Bartz and his wife Crystal of Arizona, and Patrick Bartz and his wife Jamie of Colorado. Gregory is also survived by six grandchildren; Bella, Ellie, Michael, Hunter, Liam and Quinn Bartz, three brothers; Bruce Bartz and his wife Kathy of Michigan, Steve Bartz of California and Don Bartz of Michigan. Greg served as a police officer in Laguna Beach, CA for 33 years, 15 of those as a Sergeant and Watch Commander. Greg retired from the force in 2004 and he and his family moved to Madison, CT. While a police officer he received many distinctions in his career including the Police Cross and the Medal of Merit. Greg knew everyone in town and everyone knew him. In retirement he was very active in raising his youngest children, Katie, Payton and Sam. He loved nothing better than being with his family, traveling together, chaperoning trips, chauffeuring the kids to sporting events and cooking for them. His kids say he had the greatest sense of humor and could make up a song in a moment's notice, and was quick to give a hug. Greg often said his greatest achievement in life was his five children and six grandchildren. Greg was very proud of the career choices of his two oldest sons in the service of their country. Shaun is a US Border Patrol Agent in Arizona and Patrick served in Afghanistan and Iraq in the US Army. Greg also had a great many friends from the department, his neighborhood, and Stop and Shop where he worked part-time so that he could keep active while his kids were in school. His death leaves a big void both for his family and to his community. Family will receive friends from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, Monday, May 9, 2011 at the Swan Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Rd., Madison, at which time a funeral procession will gather and leave for a 5 PM Funeral Mass at St. Margarets Catholic Church, 24 Academy Street, Madison.