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Jan Soltysik, known to us as Jas 

July 11, 1954 - December  16, 2011

Jan Adam "Jas" Soltysik, 57, of Reading, PA, died Friday, December 16, 2011 at home.
Born in Reading, he was a son of the late Adam L. and Helen S. (Bar) Soltysik.

Jas is survived by his brother, Larry M. Soltysik and his companion, Charlene Hubbard of Reading, and his sister, Lottie B. (Soltysik), wife of William Camilli, of Muhlenberg Twp.

Other survivors include Jas' companion, Alice Potteiger of Harrisburg, his two nieces, Dr. Jennifer Camilli, fiancée of Marc Scholtyssek, of Dowingtown, and Jessica Camilli and her son, Gavin, of  Muhlenberg Twp.

Jas was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He was employed as a stagehand for 36 years. He was an A-1 Audio Technician and a Rigger. He was a Union member of IATSE Local #97 in Reading and Local # 200 in Allentown, and also worked regularly for Local # 98 in Hershey, and many staging production companies.

Services will be announced at a later date. Interment will be private.

Contributions in Jas' memory can be made to Aardvark Animal Hospital & Rescue, 161 Gowlin Forge Rd., Lionville, PA 19341. The Kopicki-Bradley Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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JAS and I had many deep conversations about why life existed, he was great guy and fun to work with, he'd do anything for you and I learned a lot from him ... Cliff

Jas was a stagehand legend, one of the best in our craft; he was loved and will be missed by many. Gigs will not be the same without him sharing his years of stories and expertise. Jas taught me how to tie a clove hitch and got me on Local 97's call list. Jas got around and I was always happy to see him on calls, especially in houses I was a stranger in where he'd always introduce me to other local hands. We spoke for a while in the parking lot after the last gig we worked together and I was glad to have that time with him. I'm really going to miss him... Tony

This has surely taken me by surprise. Jas was a very knowledgeable and interesting fellow.  What I will always remember about Jas is the fact that he always talked to you, whether he knew you or not.  The other thing I will always remember was how safety minded he was in what was going on, he never held back.  He will be missed. Rest in peace my Brother... Joe Grazan

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