James Raymond Rozanski
James R Rozanski, of New York City (formerly Port Monmouth Nj, passed suddenly and swiftly May 2, 2021. A passionate and determined young man, James achieved many great things, lived life fully and joyfully, and surrounded himself with both the experiences and people that would help him to become a well respected, admired, and truly loved person by all who had the honor to know him.
Following his rise through grammar and middle school, where he consistently annoyed his classmates with his constant singing and ease of studies, James attended the Marine Academy of Science and Technology on Sandy Hook where he continued to excel both academically and as a member of the JROTC. It was there that James found his confidence and direction, earning a scholarship to NYU, and thus beginning his love affair with the city.
Leaving home at 17, never to return, he worked to support his dreams in Manhattan and lived a fiercely independent life to see them to fruition. It was also there that James found his community, and was fully free to live his life as a proud gay man openly and honestly. He surrounded himself with wonderful friends who helped lead him through this journey with love, support, and understanding. He continued his studies at Parson’s School of Design, earning his graduate degree and set off to reach the stars.
Sharing his talents and drive with whomever he worked for or with, James became an adjunct professor at Parson’s and fully realized his love of teaching. He loved his school, his colleagues and most of all, his students. When he spoke of this aspect of his life, his beautiful smile just beamed and anyone could tell just how much it meant to him. James also worked as the assistant creative director at VTS in NYC where he shared his creative talents and passion for the field of design.
James’ love for life was most apparent in the relationships and friendships he developed along the way. He was iconic! His beautiful smile in all the endless selfies was genuine. He loved all the experiences he had and all the people that came with them. He was a positive, confident, and genuine human being who wanted to be encouraging, supportive, and open to anyone who would accept it. He was admired, and emulated, by many.
Those in his family, which included his many circles of friends, have suffered the greatest loss and our heartbreak is immense. We will ache with the constant pain of his loss in our lives.
James has left behind his proud and loving parents, Jamie Rozanski (née Howlett) and George and Bernadette Rozanski, adoring grandmother Arlene Howlett, heartbroken brother, Michael Rozanski, brother Tommie Harrell, sister Emily Landsverk and niece Genevieve Landsverk. His grieving aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, colleagues, students, and wide circle of friends also share in this horrible loss to the world.
To honor James’ legacy, the family is working to create a scholarship in his name at Parson’s. In lieu of flowers, please go to the In Memory of James Raymond Rozanski go fund me page to make a donation which will be greatly appreciated.
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