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Stuart I. (Sandy) Rosnick, 72, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Lahey Hospital, Burlington, after an illness of several months. He was the beloved husband of Eileen (Kirby) Rosnick.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised in Stratford, Conn., he was the son of the late Hyman (Chick) and Matilda (Margulis) Rosnick.
He was a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he attended on a swimming scholarship, and Suffolk University School of Law.
Following his bar exam in 1973, Sandy established an office in Beverly and subsequently had offices in Danvers, Peabody, and most recently for many years in Salem. He was a zealous advocate with a diverse practice consisting of domestic relations, criminal defense, personal injury, contracts, and real estate, among other areas. Sandy was an excellent facilitator and volunteered at the court in conciliation matters in order to help opposing parties settle their causes in an expeditious and amicable manner. He had a great love of the law and reveled in researching cases. Sandy was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Assoc. and the Essex County Bar Assoc. He volunteered in the “Dial a Lawyer” program at the MBA, and as well acted as judge in the annual MBA spring mock trials contest between high schools in the Commonwealth. Sandy was enthralled watching these students exhibit such impressive litigation skills, even at such a young age.
Sandy, known affectionately as "The Tin Man," was an avid collector and nationally recognized expert in antique tin lithography items, particularly tobacco tins, English biscuit tins and ephemera, and was instrumental in the founding of the Antique Advertising Association of America (AAAA) club, which is devoted to the collecting and appreciation of lithographed advertising items of all shapes and sizes, mostly tin and paper. Early in the 1990s, Sandy conducted 20-plus mail and telephone bid auctions. The entire family was involved, and there was never a dull moment until bidding was completed at 2:00 in the morning.
In the mid 1990s, Sandy had heart bypass surgery. Many people would respond to such a procedure by spending the rest of their lives in a recliner chair. Not Sandy! Post surgery, Sandy engaged in dry (without mortar) rock wall building, and completed many walls on the home property as well as one for the neighbor across the street. This is VERY hard work! Sandy took great pride in his walls and would not hesitate to pull one apart if it was not to his liking.
Besides the law and his rock wall building, Sandy loved tin collecting and related research; jazz; the art of Salvador Dali, Ralph Fasanella, and Thomas Hart Benton; the UConn Huskies, the Giants, and the Yankees; and Fleetwood Mac. Golf was his favorite sport, and he played in the Analogic League for many years. Sandy manned a grill and made scrambled eggs for several years at the Manchester annual red, white, and blue breakfast at Tuck’s Point. He and Eileen made many trips together, notably several to Italy. Tuscany and Umbria were his favorite places to be and to spend time. He loved everything Italian and got along famously with the people although he spoke not more than two or three words of Italian.
Most of all, Sandy loved his family and cherished the times he could be together with them. In addition to his wife, Eileen with whom he shared over 51 years of marriage, he leaves a son, Scott K. Rosnick and his wife, Coleen of West Newbury; two grandsons, Cameron and Christopher; two brothers, Harold Rosnick and his wife, Anita of Easton, Conn., Peter Rosnick and his wife, Sandra of Conway, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Kathy Kirby and her husband, Ed Givler of Rockland, Mass.; and nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank the kind staff at Lahey Hospital, Burlington, Doctors Shaar, Collins, Russell, Jewell, Patton; Chrissie Ackroyd N.P., Debbie Schissier, case manager from Dr. Napolitana’s office and Rabbi Richard Backer. Also, thanks to Lahey Health at Home (our angels); Health South Rehabilitation, and Whittier Rehabilitation, all of whom were instrumental in his care.
A memorial service will be held in the Crowell Chapel at Rosedale Cemetery, 4 Rosedale Ave., Manchester-by-the-Sea on Friday, July 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to The Shriners Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114. (www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org). Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  July 8, 2017
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