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

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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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