David J. Wysocki, 55, passed away surrounded by loved ones on August 28, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York.
He was born Dec. 25, 1961, a son of the late Francis J. and Jeanne L. Wysocki.
David graduated from Danville High School in 1980 and from New York University with a degree in Fine Arts.
He worked as a Park Supervisor for the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.
David won numerous music awards, studied with Alvina Krause at Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, worked with Rachel Ray in New York City, and was a Master Gardener in Brooklyn, New York. His passion for gardening inspired him to develop a program for school age children to learn the magic of seeds and their mystical beauty. David's program involved private and public schools, as well as local members of the community. Due to his efforts, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award and 2008 Best of Parks.
David was wildly enthusiastic about mythical and magical stories, discussing theatre and books - (Harry Potter, J.R.R. Tolkien and R.A. Salvatore), dancing the Polka, listening to NPR, going to the cabin, creating delicious and exotic foods, drawing, singing and dancing to an array of eclectic music, laughing, and loving life. He was very passionate throughout his life fighting for LGBT+ and civil rights.
He is survived by the love of his life of 20 years, Fernando Mariscal, and his siblings: Francis and wife, Jeri Wysocki, Lenora Wysocki Broda, Christopher and wife, Donna Wysocki, Cynthia Wysocki Womer and husband Carl, Annette Wysocki Owens and husband Terry, Paul and wife Pamela Wysocki. He was a loving and devoted uncle to Franky, Alexander, William, Eric, Danica, Megan, Erin, Stacy, Karl, Elizabeth, Meredith, Amilia, Aaron, Jeanne, and Nathan, as well as 18 great nieces and nephews. He shared his love of life, wisdom, sense of humor, and appreciation of the arts/culture, and nature with all those in his life, especially his nieces and nephews.
David taught us about living, loving, laughing, and acceptance. No person should ever fear their family and friends, their place of employment, school, or community because they are members of the LGBT+ community. We are all people with hopes and dreams and the desire to be loved. We will continue David's legacy of acceptance. We love you Dave and will forever miss you!
In addition to his parents, David is preceded in death by a sister, Amelia Wysocki.
David's final wish was to donate his body for science and for his family to celebrate his life around a luminous bonfire at the convenience of his loving family.
Published on September 1, 2017