Steve Moscowitz

Obituary of Steve Moscowitz


Stephen Moscowitz, 88 formerly of Rochester NY passed away peacefully at his home in Charleston SC on Saturday June 15th.

Born February 17th, 1936, Stephen was predeceased by his Father Sydney Moscowitz and Mother Dorothy Moscowitz and his sister; Carol Aldrow.

Stephen leaves behind 4 children, David (Tobie)Moscowitz of Rochester, Debi (Bill) Engalla of Mesa AZ, Len (Lisa) Moscowitz of Rochester, Jay T Moscowitz of Rochester, Life partner Arlene Reid of Charleston SC and her children; Kim Serravalle of Long Island, Peter Reid of Charleston, brothers Howard (Patty) Moscowitz of Rochester, Gary (Judy) Moscowitz of Florida, Grandsons Aaron Moscowitz (Meagan) of Enterprise Alabama, Noah Moscowitz of Rochester, Ayden and Izzy Reid of Charleston, Peter and Lia Serravalle of Long Island, Cody Engalla of Mesa, Arizona,  along with a large extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, grand nieces, grand nephews, step grandchildren, friends and his loving dog Tucker.

After majoring in Fine Art and Design and eventually teaching painting at RIT, Stephen began a long, successful career in commercial advertising as an Illustrator, Art Director and operating his own full-service Art Studio for many years.

Known as "Rochester's Master of the Airbrush" Stephen's artwork was a staple of the Rochester art and advertising scene and also appeared in multiple publications around the world.

Stephen "Gnarley" Moscowitz became a well-known graphics painter of Motorcycles which began with a good friend and his son asking him to custom paint their bikes. This blossomed into a whole new medium of airbrushing his incredible art on moving canvases from all over the country.

Living in the Low Country of Coastal South Carolina for the past 20 years, Stephen illustrated images of boats, sunsets, nature and wildlife of all kinds, but had a special connection to painting birds in recent years. His vivid imagination, creativity, humor and playful mind led him to transfer his thoughts to canvas in a way that those who knew him appreciated deeply.

Stephen's love of art transcended to his desire to cook for family and friends and on occasion as a guest chef in several restaurants. He was a self-taught, accomplished chef of all types of international foods and all who sat at his table were delighted by his gift, as "Food is Love" and he loved to share this gift.

Stephen was an active participant and sponsor to many through numerous 12 Step programs, sharing his sobriety and helping others find and maintain theirs for well over 30 years. In his sobriety he found a profound peace which is reflected in his artwork and especially in the birds he so loved to photograph and paint. He lived every day to the fullest as he strived to accomplish new things, work with different mediums, always evolving his extraordinary talents to share with the world. He lives on in our hearts and if we are lucky enough, also hanging on our walls. RIP Moscow, you are already missed so very much.

His family will receive friends Saturday, July 13, 2024, 11:00am - 1:00pm at the funeral home (570 Kings Highway So.). In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to Lifespan, 1900 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 or the charity of your choice.

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Memorial Visitation

11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Paul W. Harris Funeral Home, Inc., Rochester, NY
570 Kings Hwy. So.
Rochester, New York, United States