RIP: John Wisniewski, 1950-2011

February 7th, 2011, 10:08 am by Greg
John Wisniewski

I can’t actually remember where or when I first met John Wisniewski. It just seems like I’ve always known him.

I might have met him at UAlbany, where we were both students. It might have been at the legendary Pauly’s Hotel, where he was a bartender for years. It might have been just hanging out in the crowd at some concert or some small club show.

Wherever it was, I’m guessing that music was a part of the mix somehow. Music was always a big part of John’s life, and he was a staunch supporter of local music, the blues and especially New Orleans music.

John Wisniewski – devoted music fan, one of Albany’s all-time great bartenders and an all-around good guy – died last night of liver cancer. He managed to hang on through the first quarter of the Super Bowl. He was 60 years old.

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