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Rochester – On October 17, 2023 at age 93. He is predeceased by his parents, Benjamin and Mary; brother, Oscar; brothers-in-law, Irving and Edwin Mindlin and Sanford Weltman. Jack is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Gladys; daughters, Bonnie, Sharon (Nancy) and Marsha (MaryAnne); grandchildren, Megen (Jacob) Jankowski, Noah Farid and Sara (Mario) Escobar; great-grandson, Carson Jankowski; sister, Blanche Weltman; nieces and nephews; many dear friends.
Jack was born on August 5, 1930 in Rochester, NY to Benjamin and Mary (Ditkofsky) Wolsky.
He taught in the Department of Art at SUNY Brockport from 1959 to 1985, where he then became a Professor Emeritus in 1985.
During his time at SUNY Brockport, he was awarded many awards and honors including the Jurors’ Award – Rochester Finger Lakes Show in 1962, the Lillian Fairchild Award in 1970, the Outstanding Educators of America 1971 edition, Who’s Who in American Art 1976 (14th Edition), Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1979, Rochester Chamber of Commerce Civic Award in Culture and Arts in 1999, Who’s Who in America in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Jack was active in volunteering and being part of several boards. He was an Art Volunteer at the American Red Cross, Rochester Chapter and at the Jewish Home of Rochester. He was a board member for Friends of School of the Arts in Rochester, Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, and the Rochester Area Hillel Foundation.
Jack influenced and shared his knowledge with many young artists. He was loving, kind and humble with an engaging personality, upbeat, friendly and always positive, often funny, and drew everyone to him. He was a real people magnet.
Jack’s Funeral Service will be Friday, October 20, 2023 at NOON at Temple B’rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618. Interment to follow at Britton Road Cemetery. The family will sit Shiva from 1:00 – 4:00 PM Sunday, October 22 at The Briarwood Building at St. John’s Meadows, 1 Johnsarbor Drive West, Rochester, NY 14620. Donations may be directed to Temple B’rith Kodesh, Jewish Senior Life or the Jack Wolsky Scholarship @ SUNY Brockport in Jack’s memory.