Gerald D. Sisk, Jr., cofounder and executive vice president of Jewelry Television, died in his sleep on Jan. 13 at age 59.
Sisk, a graduate gemologist, began working in the jewelry business as a teenage apprentice. In 1993, he formed Jewelry Television with Bob Hall and Bill Kouns. His book, Guide to Gems & Jewelry, has sold more than 15,000 copies and just printed its second edition. In 2012, JCK included him in its Power List of industry movers and shakers.
In a Facebook post, gem expert Antoinette Bonanno Matlins paid tribute to Sisk saying, “I knew Jerry well and admired and respected him. I loved his sense of humor and his commitment to doing the right thing … He was a man of ideas and dreams, and one who worked hard to make them ‘reality.’ He was truly a ‘character’ whose whole life was based on the sterling character within.”
Sisk is survived by his wife, Karen, his mother, a sister, and several other relatives.