Herbert Richard Sculnick | Obituaries
Herbert Richard Sculnick
October 19, 1935 – September 26, 2020 Herb Sculnick passed away peacefully in Port St. Lucie, Florida on September 26, 2020 after a long illness. He was a real character who enjoyed life to the full. He will be missed very much by his family and the many people he has touched. We all loved him very much.
Herb was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He was deceased by his father, Bernard Sculnick. Mother, Sydelle Shifrin Sculnick; Sister Barbara King; Nieces, Elizabeth King and Patricia Cantlay; Sisters-in-law Jeanne DeSimone and Charlotte DeSimone; Father-in-law Rocco DeSimone; best friend, Richard Siegel; and dogs, Roy, Yaffa and Taro. He is survived by his wife, Mary Sculnick; Son Christopher Sculnick and partner Marie Prezner; Son Jason Ciccone and wife Milica Ratkovic-Ciccone; Grandson, Luka Ciccone; and cat, Katie. Herb is also survived by his mother-in-law, Jean DeSimone; Brother-in-law Rocco DeSimone and Michael DeSimone; Sister-in-law HelenMary DeSimone; Nephew, Matthew King and wife Liz King; Niece, Deanna DeSimone and fiancee, Liz Lorence; and cousin-in-law, Jeanne Brooks. Her great-nieces and great-nephews were also very dear: Isabelle King, Harrison King, Will King, Eliza Cantlay and Jack Cantlay; and his cousins Richard Greenblatt, Harriet Moskowitz, Roberta Wolff, Dr. Peter London, Dr. Ross London and Tsura August. Herb adored his health care providers Kadian, Rose, and Monique.
Herb will be remembered for his devotion to his wife and family, his sense of humor, his joie de vivre and his sayings, such as “Nobody Home?”, The Yankees’ baseball hat that he never took off and that wears the same “uniform”. Every day of his life: Yankee hat, black T-shirt, jeans and Nike sneakers, always with sunglasses (also indoors) and his passion for photography.
Some other things Herb loved: the New York Yankees; the Brooklyn Dodgers and Ebbetts Field; Be a member of the Treasure Coast Photography Group; Gardening; run for miles every day; West Side Story on Broadway; Watch film musicals; Travel around the world including his favorite place Venice, Italy; The Statue of Liberty; the Empire State Building; Walmart; Listen to music; eat with enthusiasm; Television, including Days of Our Lives, America’s Got Talent, and the Hallmark Channel; Getting tan; Facebook; E-mail; tinkering around the house.
Herb served in the Army, the 24th Division, and fought in the Korean War. After the army, he continued to dedicate his professional life to photography. Herb had a notable career as a photographer in New York City at his studio, Herb Sculnick Photography. He specialized in fashion photography, then food / liquor, then travel photography and baseball photography. Later, when Herb moved to New York, he owned a Hudson photo specialty store and studio called the Hudson Photographic Center, where he sold new and used equipment, specializing in enlargement and printing, ran photography workshops, and did studio work for large corporations and small businesses Customers. After his retirement he lived in Catskill, New York, and wintered in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
Herb took photos until the last days of his life. For the last six months of his life, he organized his best photography into a book – his career in photography. He was very proud of the book. He wrote a dedication and added his biography to the book printed below.
Commitment: around the world in 80 years. A Brooklyn boy’s journey into the world of photography inspired by his father’s passion for knowledge and truth. My father was a man with no formal training whatsoever, studying alone the works of great minds in literature, music, art, travel and films. He never left the life of his chair just to inspire me to see the world for him. – Herb Sculnick 2020
He wrote: My favorite photo is one of Lady Liberty, taken from a boat when we drove straight to her at midnight and she had me photographed her. She is some beauty. I’m lucky.
I started my career in photography at the age of 13 with a brownie camera. Over time, I switched to 35mm, 4×5, and 8×10 cameras. I lived and breathed photography. I worked for several photographers as an assistant in New York City and then opened my own studio on 5th Avenue and 20th Street. I’ve managed to get some great accounts like Johnny Walker, Good Humor, Nabisco, and IBM, to name a few. I was lucky enough to travel all over the world and photograph many celebrities.
I married the woman of my dreams, two sons and a grandson. There have been many ups and downs, but I’m still standing. Life is good. I was a very lucky man, and yes, I always wear that Yankees hat! – Herb Sculnick
Services will be private. The family will have a Shiva via Zoom, and sometime in 2021 when it is safe to be together we will have a festival of a lifetime. Herb’s wife, Mary Sculnick, can be reached at [email protected]