Brighton, NY: Gary Joel Lisman was born in Chicago, Illinois as the first-born son of Hy and Leila Lisman. He passed away on March 15th, 2022, after a lengthy illness at age 69. He is predeceased by his father Hyman J. Lisman and is survived by his mother Leila J. Lisman and siblings Michael, Annie, and Deborah.
Gary went to elementary, junior high and high school in the Brighton School district. He then went to the University of Rochester where he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. He went on to achieve his Master’s in Business Administration from the U of R as well. Gary was an avid squash player while at the U of R. He competed at a high level and won at county level competitions. Subsequently Gary received a double masters in remedial reading and math. He taught at Monroe Community College and worked with numerous young people to help improve their reading and math comprehension.
Gary received some notoriety in his younger years when he traveled from Rochester to Florida by bicycle to raise funds for charity. Gary also attended Woodstock; although he found it too muddy and left early. He traveled to Europe after college and was able to work as a stagehand at the Isle of Wight Festival. Gary made many friends over the years in meet up hiking groups, cooking groups and poetry reading groups. He was an avid home chef, a published poet and loved hiking in Highland Park as well as many of Rochester’s other beautiful parks. In recent years, Gary was a caretaker for mom where he frequently applied his home chef skills to all of our family’s enjoyment.
Lisman Family will be holding a Zoom Memorial Service for Gary on July 24th at 4 pm Eastern Time; 1 pm Pacific Time. The links are listed below for Zoom or calling in if you don’t have access to a computer.
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Meeting ID: 893 4068 1597