NJ/WAITSFIELD, VT - John Vislocky, Jr., 92, fell asleep in the Lord, Thursday, May 2, 2013 after 2.5 weeks in the hospital and a brief stay of 4 days at the Green Mountain Nursing Home in Colchester.
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He was born April 18, 1921, in Manhattan, NY, the son of John & Anna (Hlinka) Vislocky. He is a graduate of Commerce High School in New York City, class of 1939.
John spent his youth in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Lower East Side with a Russian Orthodox religious upbringing. He sang in choir, folk group, played saxophone and piano and was very active in sports.
John quickly became an accomplished athlete, having set numerous championships in track & field, especially the high jump; broke many sporting records in HS as well as Boy's Club. He set the .PSAL Indoor & Outdoor High Jump Championships School record, won the Manhattan High Jump Championship and member of the New York Athletic Club.
He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946. Second class petty officer, Vislocky continued to compete in the high jump while serving.
He married the love of his life, Genevieve Hector, in New Jersey on September 27, 1947. They made their home in Ford & Flanders, New Jersey, until relocating to Waitsfield, VT in June 2005.
He worked for the Hartford Insurance Group from 1947-1991, retiring as an Assistant Manager of Assigned Risk in Parsippany, NJ and attended Rutgers University.
He was a tenor soloist - choir, Oratorio & Opera performances, toured England as a member of Morris County Choral Society.
Sporting Accomplishments: Won 1946, 47, 48, 50 National High Jump championships. Won numerous high jump championships and held records -- Indoor & Outdoor for Senior & Junior Metropolitan Games, Millrose Games, NYAC games, Boston AA games, Knights of Columbus games, Philadelphia Inquirer games, Canadian Games in Montreal, and many other meets.
Qualified for the 1948 High Jump Final Olympic tryouts. High jump on record 6'8" (unofficial 7 feet). Master Track & Field & Senior Olympics -- Competitor, undefeated in NJ High Jump Championships, Senior Olympics - gold in discus, shot put, javelin & high jump. High Jump Chief Official for Millrose Games, National Championships, NYAC Games, US Mobil Championships and was an Alternate High Jump Official for the 1984 Olympic Games. "Who's Who" Western Roll High Jump Award, 1949 Outstanding Athlete for NYAC, 1950 Outstanding Club Athlete in New Jersey Award.
He enjoyed music, tennis, coaching high school softball & track.
He is survived by his wife, Genevieve of Waitsfield; children, Barbara A. Clarke of Waitsfield, John Vislocky, III of Ogdensburg, NJ; in-laws, Walter Clarke & Jeannette Ayres Vislocky; grandchildren, John Julian Vislocky, & Rachel Vislocky; nieces and nephews, Pat Markley, Peter Voigt, Joan York, John Superdock, & Denise Cuomo; predeceased siblings, Matilda Superdock, Robert Vislocky, and Ann Aneralla.
In addition to a remarkable sporting career, accomplished musician with a beautiful lyrical tenor voice, devoted husband and caring father, John is known for his great sense of humor, loving heart and inspirational grace of spirit in aging.
Calling hours will be conducted Sunday, May 5th from 4-7 p.m. at the Kingston Funeral Home, 35 Slate Avenue, in Northfield. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6th at 1 p.m. at St. Jacob of Alaska's Church in Northfield Falls, followed by burial in the Northfield Falls Cemetery.
Flowers or donations may be made in his memory to the Green Mountain Nursing Home Activity Fund, 475 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester, VT 05446.
Published in Times Argus from May 4 to May 5, 2013