Greg Polisseni, well-known within the Rochester space as an artist, designer and philanthropist, has died on the age of fifty.
His dying was confirmed by a household lawyer and buddy, Glenn Pezzulo, although he declined to say when or the place Mr. Polisseni had died. Social media posts by bereaved associates started to appear Thursday.
Multi-talented Gregory E. Polisseni was the founding father of Artistix, a clothes agency for which he designed high-end informal and energetic put on and that he usually highlighted throughout Trend Week of Rochester. Some objects drew inspiration from the swirling semi-abstract fashion that he employed in his high-quality artwork.
His best-known work could also be a rendering of the American flag entitled “Stars and Stripes.”
“I met him a few years in the past and he was this massive lovable beneficiant man and had such a terrific vitality and keenness for thus many fantastic issues,” mentioned Susan Katz Aser of Penfield, whose daughter, Tyler Aser, is a mannequin for Artistix.
Mr. Polisseni, who grew up in Fairport and later lived in Henrietta, was a director of the Polisseni Foundation, a household enterprise that has supported native hospitals and plenty of different entities. His late father, Eugene Polisseni, a boyhood buddy of B. Thomas Golisano, helped develop Paychex Inc. right into a nationwide powerhouse.
Mr. Polisseni additionally was a producer and investor in a number of function movies, one of the best recognized of which can be “The Alphabet Killer,” based mostly on the unsolved “Double Preliminary” slayings of three Rochester-area ladies within the early 1970’s.
“We had been like brothers. Once we frolicked collectively, it was continuous laughing. Greg was an incredible individual with an enormous coronary heart,” mentioned Tom Malloy of Los Angeles, who met Mr. Polisseni in 2005 when he invested in “The Attic,” a movie that Malloy wrote and appeared in alongside then-up-and-coming Elisabeth Moss.
“If I used to be ever in want, I’d flip to him for assist, which he gave me many instances. And I did the identical for him. I launched him to the Hollywood way of life that he beloved, and we had too many adventures to depend,” mentioned Malloy, who subsequent collaborated with Mr. Golisseni on “The Alphabet Killer,” launched in 2008.
Malloy mentioned Polisseni was a heat and beneficiant man, his spirit epitomized in a video that Malloy shared about Polisenni replacing a dirt bike that had been stolen from a boy whose story he’d seen on TV.
The 2 remained shut. “Even when a couple of months glided by with out seeing him, we would all the time decide up the place we left off. I noticed him about three weeks in the past, and he regarded wholesome and blissful,” Malloy mentioned.
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