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Michael "Zini" Kurinzi

October 7, 1972 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 51) 51 Years Old
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Michael "Zini" Kurinzi Obituary

Michael “Zini” Kurinzi died on January 27, 2024 peacefully at home after a lengthy illness, with his devoted wife Debbie and their fur-babies Lily and Willie G by his side.  Mike and Debbie moved to Myrtle Beach in 2016, and have built a beautiful life here.  Originally from Elizabeth, NJ, Mike previously resided in Toms River, NJ for several years.  Mike enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17. He was the Kilo Company Iron Man and 3rd Battalion Honor Graduate at MCRD Parris Island.  He had deployed on several training and operational missions including Operation Desert Storm.  Upon leaving the service, Mike served for over 20 years with the Elizabeth, NJ Police Dept. and for five years with the Iselin Fire Dept. District #9 in Woodbridge, NJ.  While he was with the Police Dept., he served in many different capacities including on several Federal, State and County Task Forces, as well as a 9/11 responder. He was cited by his Agency and others for excellence over fifty times, for Valor six times, including induction into the NJ State Honor Legion and the Union County 200 Club.  He retired as a Sergeant in the Detective Bureau in 2014.

Mike had a great love of American Motorcycles and proud to be a biker.  He was a lifelong adventurer.  He was an accomplished marathon runner, triathlete, cyclist, adventure race participant, and private pilot.  He loved working out and salt water fishing.  Following the death of his son Brian in 2017, Mike and Debbie worked tirelessly with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Nationally, at the State level and here locally.  They served as Myrtle Beach Out of Darkness Walk Chairs for two years.  For years, Mike and Debbie have been traveling this great country seeing all of its splendors and wonders together.  He was a parishioner at St. Michael RC Church Garden City, and a member of the Cresswind Veterans Organization, having served on its honor guard for several years.

Mike is predeceased by his eldest son Brian Michael, who died in 2017.  His surviving children are a son Shawn Kurinzi and his girlfriend McKenzie Franklin of Hoboken, NJ.  His daughter Taylor Kurinzi, RN and her boyfriend Detective Alex Guzman (Lakewood, NJ PD) of Bayville NJ.  He leaves behind his loving wife Debbie, his children and their spouses, his many Marine Brothers, friends and family. 

The family will gather to greet friends on Friday February 2, 2024 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Highway.

A Funeral Mass in celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday February 3, 2024 at 10:00AM at St. Michael Catholic Church, 542 Cypress Ave. Garden City, SC 29576. Inurnment within the church columbarium will immediately follow.

Mike passed away as a result of illness from his work performing rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero, following the attacks at the World Trade Center on and after September 11th, 2001.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Tunnel to Tower Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10306 of at,

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February 2, 2024

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services
3558 Old Kings Hwy.
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

February 3, 2024

10:00 AM
St. Michael Catholic Church
542 Cypress Ave, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576


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