Oryst 'Jack' Sharky

16 Mar 2020 | 10:48

Oryst “Jack” Sharky of Monroe passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the N.Y.S. Veterans Home in Montrose. He was 88 years old.

The son of John and Ksenia Kostyszyn Sharky, he was born on Nov. 23, 1931, in New York City.

Oryst proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 in Korea. After his honorable discharge he went on to be an engineer for General Dynamics in Groton, Conn.

Oryst was a jack of all trades. He built a house for his family in Connecticut. Because of his infectious smile, he earned the nickname “Smiling Jack.”

Oryst was a member of St. Anastasia Church in Harriman.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Eleanor Balanda Sharky; his children: Steven E. Sharky and his wife Bonnie, of Leominster, Mass., and his daughter, Veronica A. Ellis, of Monroe; his grandchildren: Pamela, Stephanie, James, Elizabeth and Jennifer; and his great-grandchildren: Austin, Tyler, Peyton, Jade, Dylan, James and Lillian.

Visitation was held March 18 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe.

A Memorial Mass was held March 19 at St. Anastasia Church in Harriman.

Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.

Arrangements by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home (845-782-8185; www.ssqfuneralhome.com).