Resolution J1809-2013

Mourning the death of Orville Slutzky, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the death of Orville Slutzky, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Orville Slutzky of Marathon, New  York,  died  on  April  18,
2013, at the age of 96; and
  WHEREAS,  Born  at  home  in  Hunter,  New York, on February 13, 1917,
Orville Slutzky grew up on the family farm in Jewitt, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Orville Slutzky  graduated  from  Tannersville  Central  High
School  in 1937; as a young boy, he was involved in the family business,
Sunny Brook House, a small summer boarding house and working farm; and
  WHEREAS, After high school, in 1939, Orville Slutzky and his  brother,
Izzy, founded I. & 0. Slutzky, a heavy construction business; and
  WHEREAS,  In  January  1942,  Orville Slutzky joined the United States
Army and became a First Sergeant in the 1032nd Air Material Squadron  of
the 568th Air Service Group; he was on active duty for almost four years
during World War II; and
  WHEREAS, In 1959, Orville and Izzy Slutzky were instrumental in devel-
oping  the  Hunter Mountain ski complex which rejuvenated the area; they
took over ownership of the ski resort in 1962; and
  WHEREAS, Orville Slutzky became the general manager of the day to  day
operations  of  the Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl, and remained in that posi-
tion for half a century until his retirement; and
  WHEREAS, Orville and Izzy Slutzky were responsible for turning  Hunter
Mountain  into  the  largest ski resort in the Catskills; they pioneered
the technology of snowmaking for resort skiing; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, Orville Slutzky was  a  member  of  the  Masons,
American Legion and a life member of the Hunter Fire Department; and
  WHEREAS,  Orville  Slutzky  married  his late wife, Ethel, on July 11,
1942; married for 67 years, together they raised three children,  Carol,
Paul and Gary; and
  WHEREAS,  Predeceased  by  his late wife, Ethel (Phillips), and by his
older siblings, Dorothy Rosenfeld, Israel Slutzky  and  Sadye  Schrager,
Orville  Slutzky is survived by his three children, Carol (Peter) Slutz-
ky-Tenerowicz, Paul (Amy) Slutzky and Gary (Barbara) Slutzky; and
  WHEREAS, Orville Slutzky  is  also  survived  by  nine  grandchildren,
Michelle Byrne, Jamie Grant, Meghan Ginsburg, Jake Slutzky, Sarah Slutz-
ky,  Rachael  Tenerowicz, Elizabeth Cahill, Shana Pellitteri, and Tanner
Slutzky; and by five great-grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews, and
many friends and acquaintances; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a  humanistic  spirit,  imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  and  comforted  by  a loving family, Orville Slutzky leaves
behind a legacy which will long endure the  passage  of  time  and  will
remain  as  a comforting memory to all he served and befriended; he will
be remembered as someone who made a positive difference in the lives  of
others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Orville Slutzky, distinguished  citizen  and  devoted
member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Orville Slutzky.


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