Eugene Myszkowski

Obituary of Eugene Myszkowski

Eugene (Gene) Joseph Myszkowski Jr. passed away on April 5, 2022. He was born on June 11, 1939, in New York City, the son of the late Eugene J. and Josephine Myszkowski. After World War ll, the family moved to the dairy farm in Little Falls, New York that was operated by Joseph Bogdan, Josephine's step father. He grew up on the family farm and was active in 4-H and later the Future Farmers of America. Gene attended St. Mary's Academy and Little Falls High School graduating with the "class of 57". He was awarded the New York State Regents and 4-H Scholarships and accepted to Cornell University's College of Agriculture to become a High School Teacher of Agriculture. Gene took extra courses and was able to graduate in 3 ½ years. He applied for Graduate School and was accepted in the Ag Economics program as a teaching assistant and graduating with a MS in Economics in 1962. Gene passed the Registrar's Office many times on his way to Financial Aid as the scholarships never arrived on time to pay tuition. A fellow Ag Teacher student mentioned that his girlfriend's sister worked as the Secretary to the Registrar. He introduced himself to Janice Anne Blanchard and eventually asked her out for a date. They were married August 19, 1961 in Anabel Taylor Hall Chapel on the Cornell Campus. Gene was hired as a Teacher of Agriculture in Otego Central School, later Unatego Central School, in September, 1962. While in Otego they adopted two children, Keith Edward and Brenda Jean. In 1967 New York State passed the Taylor Law which allowed public employees to negotiate labor contracts with their employers. Gene was the president of the local teachers association and entered into contract labor negotiations with the Unatego School Board. Gene then developed an interest in labor negotiations that changed his career path. Gene, in September 1968, moved to Columbia County to teach Vocational Agriculture and Ag Mechanics at the Columbia County Board of Cooperative Services Occupational Education Center in Kinderhook, New York. The family purchased a home and resided in Stuyvesant Falls, New York for the next 43 years. Gene retained his interest in labor negotiations and, in April 1971, was hired as Senior Economist with the New York State Public Employment Relations Board. There he analyzed teacher labor contracts and published several reports on trends in teacher labor contracts. Gene, in May 1974, was hired as Associate Economist by the Bureau of Health Economics, New York State Health Department. One aspect of the new position was to analyze and prepare detailed briefing reports as well as accompanying senior staff to labor negotiations in New York State health care facilities. He received the Commissioner's Recognition Award for his work during the 47 day strike in 1985 between the New York City League of Voluntary Hospitals and District 1199. He was promoted to Principal Economist in March 1982. Gene was a member of the Hospital Code Team that developed the methodology that determined reimbursement for code changes to Graduate Medical Education in response to the Libby Zion case. The Hospital Code Team received the Commissioner's Special Achievement Award in 1990 for their work. Gene retired from state service June 14, 1996. He and Jan moved to Palm Coast, Florida in 2012. Gene has had a life long interest in antique firearms writing a number of magazine articles on them. He has authored three books on antique guns -The Remington - Lee Rifle, The Winchester-Lee Rifle and Remington Autoloading and Pump-Action Rifles and is a co-author on Remington Embellished and High Grade Firearms of the 20" and 21" Centuries. Gene was a Charter Member of the Remington Society of America, served as a Board Member and a member of the Remington Society Research Team. Gene and Jan enjoyed their 1959 MGA Roadster purchased from a fellow Otego teacher in 1963. It came to Florida with them in 2012. Gene's second hobby was racing his 1959 MGA Coupe with the Vintage Sports Car Club Association at Watkins Glen, Lime Rock Park, Mosport and Mount Tremblant from 1991 to 2011. Gene is survived by his wife, Janice; their children, Keith Edward and Brenda Jean; grandchildren, Carrie Whiteman, Walter Meltz, Linda Meltz, Kathy Glidden, Kevin Glidden; several great – grandchildren, and brother, Walter. He was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Josephine Myszkowski. Spring interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Herkimer, at a date and time to be announced. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, Little Falls, NY (315) 823-2424, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors.
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