Gary Mysorski ’69

MysorskiGary James Mysorski, 64, passed away at his home in Rockport, TX February 23, 2016. He was born in Northampton, MA August 18,1951 to Benjamin and Marjorie Mysorski. Gary graduated from Williston Academy in 1969.

Gary spent nearly 30 years with the YMCA, both domestically and abroad, getting the most enjoyment from his involvement with youth and aquatic programs. Gary met the love of his life while working at day camp in San Antonio. His tenure with the Y eventuality led him to Rockport, where “every day felt like a vacation.” Gary enjoyed the sights, activities, and most of all the people of this community, where both his children graduated high school. Gary was very active in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Kiwanis, the Art Center, and volunteered in various activities within the community. In 2001, Gary found his calling developing and directing programs with Port Aransas Parks and Recreation – all the enjoyment of the work he had grown to love. After 13 years, he retired to spend his time with Genie travelling, visiting friends, and enjoying the outdoors, the atmosphere, and the lifestyle that this community provides.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Genie Mysorski; sons, Geoff Mysorski and his wife Laura, Matt Mysorski and his wife Katie; sister, Jill Morrill and her husband Jim; grandchildren, Milo and Sebastian, and many dear friends and relatives.

10 thoughts on “Gary Mysorski ’69”

  1. At our last reunion (the 45th) I had the pleasure of spending some time with Gary. He spoke about his wife and his love for his work. It seemed to me Gary enjoyed his life and realized he might not have many years left. I’ll miss him at our 50th. Rest in peace my friend.

  2. Gary was a childhood friend in Northampton, a friend at Williston, and a good friend in later life as we travelled together to get together with elementary school friends. I last saw him at his home in Texas where he, David Reichenbacher, Lansing Pugh and I jpoined by Lansing’s wife Liz and Gary’s wife Genie went in search of Whooping Cranes. He was a good man and will be missed by many!

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We were both from Northampton and attended the same schools from kindergarten through Williston, and went to the same church. He was one of a handful of boys who filled the role of “big brother” in my life. I know my father was very proud of Gary’s accomplishments and was tickled to pieces that Gary ended up in his old South Texas stomping grounds.

  4. Gary chose a life to serve others. He did that so well. I will always remember him as kind, soft spoken man who always smiled, never complained and always talked so proudly about his family and especially his wife. He was one of those people who just “gave of himself” and never asked for anything in return. May Gary rest in peace.

  5. Gary and I grew up together in Northampton going way back to the YMCA days. He is a terrific friend and always generous to all with whom he interacted. Gary was instrumental in organizing “the gathering” 15 years ago for all of us who grew up in Northampton as members of the class of 1969, including Williston, NSFG, Northampton High and St. Michael’s. Gary was very fond of Williston. He always had time to talk, and had a great laugh. My heart goes out to Gary and his family.

    1. I did not know that Gary had passed. I grew up with Gary and his sister Jill in Northampton and have many happy memories playing Fort in my back yard while his Mom worked in my mother’s shop, The Needlecraft. I went attended NSFG and he went off to Williston and we kept in touch through his mother, until one day I saw a picture of my old home being deconstructed by a classmate of Gary’s and we got back in touch. Gary was the kind of man that all parents would want there little boys to become. He will be missed by many.

  6. I first met Gary during my early years at Williston. Since Gary was a day student and I a boarder, I did not have the chance to know him as well as the boarding students with whom I lived and shared dorm life. HOWEVER, I remember him as being a quiet, affable and gentle guy…always cheerful, smiling and willing to share a laugh and friendship with others. As I recall, he was one of the highest academic achievers in our class, graduating near the top of the class. Interestingly, he matriculated to a college known mainly for its strong phys. ed. programs. perhaps it was that experience that led Gary to his life’s work in helping children and young adults in physical fitness/education. Ironically, it was only after Williston (and specifically during the past 20 years) that I came to know Gary better than when we were students. We shared time and stories together at class reunions and Gary graciously acted as our class representative for quite a number of years. In addition, about 12 or so years ago, Gary was travelling with his family and paid me a visit at my offices in Tucson, AZ (where I spent 15 years). We must have spent what seemed like a couple of hours together chatting about our personal and professional lives and of course Williston past and present, all punctuated with some good laughs. In short, Gary was simply a great guy who cared deeply about other people. He will be missed…keep smiling Gary.

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