Jack Musnicki of Bridgehampton, who founded the Bridgehampton Landscaping company, died on Friday. He was 72.
He was a man whom his family described as “almost literally inseparable from the land, trees, the gardens and fields, the whole area around here which he worked and improved and left for his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.”
Mr. Musnicki was born at Southampton Hospital on April 24, 1939, a son of John Musnicki and the former Laura Bialecki. He attended high school in Bridgehampton and attended junior college briefly before returning to help on the family farm.
He was described as a gifted gardener and respected nurseryman. He was a past president and member of the Bridgehampton Lions Club for over 40 years, and a past president of the Bridgehampton Community House. He was an active member of Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Judy Parker. He leaves his son, John Musnicki of East Hampton, and his daughters, Jill Musnicki of Sag Harbor, Jodi Dee of Babylon, and Jenna Musnicki of Brooklyn. His brother, Tom Musnicki of Garden City, survives, as does his sister, Joan Armusewicz of West Palm Beach, Fla.
A memorial service was held on Monday at Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, Father Ron Richardson presided. Burial followed at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton.
Mr. Musnicki’s son-in-law Jameson Ellis read during the memorial service:
“Now that he is suddenly gone it is impossible not to feel cheated, betrayed by the loss of what should have been his best decade as he settled ever more thoroughly into the role of a grandfather, retiring from the business but continuing to create places for his grandchildren to play that echoed the way he grew up but touched with his own spirit of generosity, creativity, and humor out in the fields with the animals and the plants.”