on July 7, 2014 - 4:54 PM
, updated July 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM
June 1, 1954 – July 4, 2014
Some knew Bruce Allen Nicholas Kolesnick for having “The Voice of God.” Mr. Kolesnick’s musically smooth baritone voice could be heard at virtually every University at Buffalo event.
Mr. Kolesnick died of a heart attack at his home Friday. He was 60.
Mr. Kolesnick honed his announcing voice through years in radio. In the 1980s, he was the news director of WBFO and interim general manager. He also hosted a radio show, “Weekend at Your Service,” on AM 970.
He moved on to UB to become the associate director for marketing and programs in the Office of Conferences and Special Events.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Kolesnick earned an associate of applied science degree from Herkimer County Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Medaille College and a master’s degree from UB.
Mr. Kolesnick was known for his fervor for life. His family says he devoted himself to every task at hand.
As he would often say, “Life is an endurance test,” and he was interested in getting the most out of it.
Mr. Kolesnick is survived by his wife of 28 years, the former Mary Ellen Bentivogli; a daughter, Jenna; and a son, Joseph.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in UB’s Center for the Arts Drama Theatre.