Michael T Prendergast

michael prendergast
Michael T. Prendergast, 72, of Herndon, Virginia, formerly of Buffalo, NY, died unexpectedly on October 4, 2022. He was born on September 16, 1950, in Syracuse, NY and moved to Buffalo, NY in 1956. Michael graduated from Cardinal O’Hara High School, in Tonawanda NY, class of 1969.

In February, 1974, Michael accepted a position with U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division where he began his professional career. Michael married Karen Daley on October 5, 1974, settled in Laurel MD. After moving to Springfield, VA, they started their family. In 1986, Michael and Karen moved to Herndon, VA where they continued raising their two sons, Patrick and Matt.

During his rewarding 26-year career, he was selected for and graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy (139th Session) and proudly served multiple presidential administrations before retiring as Chief of the Uniform Division in 2000. After retiring, he began a second 12-year career in government service in various security management positions including the National Gallery of Art, Department of Transportation under Secretary Norman Mineta and head of the TSA FAMS Canine Division.

Michael was an avid golfer. In retirement he would spend his weekdays playing golf with his secret service friends, having some laughs while trying to lower his handicap. Michael had a great sense of humor and an unforgettable laugh. He reveled in retelling his favorite scenes from TV shows such as Seinfeld, The Office, and Impractical Jokers. Mike had a great knack for researching projects for himself, family and friends. One of his greatest roles was being “Poppy” to his five adoring grandchildren. Most weekends you could find Michael on the sidelines watching their baseball, softball, and basketball games. He never missed an opportunity to support and cheer on his grandchildren. Michael was a wonderful husband, father, Poppy and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Michael is survived by his beloved wife, Karen (Daley) Prendergast of Herndon, VA; his son Patrick Prendergast (Jackie), of Ashburn VA; son Matt Prendergast (Nikki) of Aldie VA; five grandchildren, Ava, Mason, Katelyn, Cole, and Hadley; sister Carol Fazekas (Steven) of Clarence NY, sister Annie Sklaroff (James) of Clarence, NY, and brother Peter Prendergast (Jean) of Kenmore NY. Michael is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family. Michael was proceeded in death, by his parents James B. Prendergast and Terese Prendergast, brother Terrance Prendergast, sister Susan Kubiak, brother James Prendergast, and brother Joseph Prendergast.

Visitation will be from 1-5pm on Sunday, October 9 at Money & King Funeral Home located at 171 West Maple Avenue, Vienna VA 22180.

Funeral mass will be held at 1pm on Monday, October 10 at St John Neumann Catholic Church located at 11900 Lawyers Rd, Reston VA. In Lieu of flowers donations made be made to:

American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org)

American Diabetes Association (https://diabetes.org)

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  1. I had the honor of working with Mike over the years in the USSS and the TSA. Mike was a great leader, a kind person, and had the gift to make you smile even in the hardest of times. Mike will be missed by many! My condolences to his wife Karen and the rest of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

    Dennis Martin

  2. To Karen and Family,

    Sending deepest sympathy, condolences and prayers to you during this difficult.

    May you find it comforting to know that others are thinking of you and your family.

    Deepest Smypathy and Prayers,

    Deacon Jose A. Brown


  3. Karen,I’m so sorry about your husband’s passing. We haven’t seen or spoken in a long time but I think about you often. Great memories and well wishes to you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this very sad time and always.

  4. Rest in Peace Brother…It was an Honor serving under your Leadership. My deepest sympathy to the Prendergast Family, you will be in our prayers…

  5. Carol, Peter, and Annie, my deepest condolences with the passing of Mike. He was always so nice when we were little. Being an only child I remember the controlled chaos in your home. It was an eye opener for me. So many people.

    My prayers are with you all. May God Bless. May your family memories comfort you. May Michael R.I.P.

    Eileen O’Reilly Abendschein

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