Saturday, September 09, 2006

Jon S. Schlissel: A Tribute

I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Jon Schlissel was a man of passion. He was passionate about his family. He was faithful to his mother, Ruth, whom he called every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. He was passionate about health and fitness. He maintained a daily exercise regimen and at the age of 51 had the abs most men his age only dream of or remember wistfully. He was passionate about his causes. He challenged the politicians and advocated for others in a variety of campaigns from civil rights for gays to his neighborhood civic association. He was passionate about antiques. He was well known as a collector and connoisseur, having owned a 14-room Victorian-style brownstone, painstakingly restored and furnished with items from the Victorian era. He was passionate about history and historical preservation. He served over a period of many years as president, vice president and chair for a historical society in Jersey City, where he lived. He was passionate about his co-workers. His brother, Laurence, said that "Jon was spry and small; he could have run down those stairs in no time. But he was a supervisor, and he had a friend and coworker who was heavyset and another who was wheelchair-bound. Together, they were the only three people who were lost from Jon's office. It's most likely that he stayed to help them." He was passionate about his friends. And from the tone of the eloquent words spoken at his memorial service and the many heartfelt messages posted on the various tribute websites, Jon's friends were passionate about him.

Many thanks to Dale who followed his own passion to create this tribute to the memory of all of those who lost their lives that fateful day.


At 6:49 PM, Blogger Valerie said...

Lovely tribute.

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Katherine said...

Another wonderful tribute to another wonderful person lost.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Motherkitty said...

Thank you for posting this lovely tribute to a lovely man. I'm sure he will be missed by everyone who loved him. I liked what you said about staying to help others in his office. What a sacrifice! The ultimate.

Thanks again for your lovely comment on my tribute.

At 10:04 PM, Blogger healthpsych said...

For those in any doubt about the courage and strength of the human spirit, they need look no further than the story of Jon or many other example from that day.

Thank you for sharing this with us.

At 2:02 PM, Blogger brian said...

Passion is something we should all have. Thank you for doing these wonderful tributes.

At 11:53 AM, Blogger G said...

Thank you for showing us another wonderful person deserving of your beautiful tribute. I'm sure he was a comfort to those he was with on that day.


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