Elliott Zaslansky

October 20, 1951 ~ January 5, 2021

Born in: Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Resided in: Fishkill, New York

Elliott Zaslansky, 69, a longtime Fishkill resident, passed away on January 5, 2021 at his home in Fishkill. He was born on October 20, 1951 in Fair Lawn, NJ, son of the late Harry & Violet (Dash) Zaslansky.

Elliott owned and operated with his wife Mary, the Cape Cod Leather Company for the last 32 years, having opened a retail store in Cold Spring, NY, seven years ago. He had a strongly ingrained passion for producing and playing music with and for everyone around him.

Elliott is survived by his wife Mary (Mulligan) Zaslansky and his son Matthew Ryan Zaslansky. He is also survived by two step-brothers and sisters-in-law, Marty & Roberta Zaslansky and Sheldon & Marla Zaslansky; and a host of dear friends and extended family. Along with his parents, he was predeceased by 1 brother, Peter Zaslansky.

Family & Friends will gather to remember Elliott’s Life on Wednesday, January 6th from 5-8pm at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, where a service will be offered at 7PM. A Private Inurnment at the Fishkill Rural Cemetery Mausoleum will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021. In lieu of flowers the family wishes for donations to be made in Elliott’s memory to a charity: Musicares, 3030 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory, please visit: wwwLibbyFuneralHome.com


Visitation: January 6, 2021 5:00 pm - January 6, 2021 8:00 pm

Libby Funeral Home
55 Teller Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508

Service: January 6, 2021 7:00 pm

Libby Funeral Home
55 Teller Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508


Fishkill Rural Cemetery
801 Route 9
Fishkill, NY 12524

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  1. Kelli McDonald says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Elliott’s passing. He was a great guy and we have very fond memories of him. Our thoughts and prayers are you.
    Hugh & Kelli McDonald

    • Cheryl and Gil Touponse says:

      We are so sorry to hear of Elliott’s passing. At a time when my life was circuling the drain, Mary and you gave Cheryl and me hope and happiness. Thank you Elliott for your grace and kindness. May God bless you in your Eternal rest. With gratitude and love Cheryl and Gil Touponse

  2. Larry Lebin says:

    More than 50 years…my friend, teacher, mentor. In only a few years together physically, from you I learned more about perseverence & tenacity, and at the same time sensitivity, generosity, courage, and of course music, than many get in a lifetime. Your light and love shine brightly, you are with me always. Rest easy, my friend.

  3. william eggleston says:

    Elliot was truly a great friend. I first worked with Elliot in 1983 in Atlanta. We spent hundreds of hours in the studio, recording, arranging, mixing some wonderful songs. He was truly a gifted musician and talented songwriter. Elliot was always gracious to me and gave me lots of credit when I knew the credit belonged to him. There’s not enough space on this page to express how much I will miss him. God Bless Elliot.
    – Wilbur Will Eggleston

  4. Ron Sukenick says:

    I met Eliott when he was 12 years old and what an inspiration he was in playing music and inspiring me to be a bass player. We stayed in touch over 50+ years and he was a great friend. Certainly one of the most creative Music makers did I get around. Well Eliott would be missed, I have so many great memories of my friend Elliot.

  5. Russ StGeorge says:

    My sincerest condolences.

  6. Matt Miller says:

    What a wonderful soul! I’m sooo sadd!
    My love to Mary and Matt

  7. Shoshana Iliaich and Chris Roggenbuck says:

    Elliott was a deeply creative, thoughtful, and generous man. We will miss him greatly. Sending Mary and Matthew our thoughts, prayers, and wishes for solace and strength in this difficult time.

  8. Debra Starkman-Zdyrko says:

    Rest with the angels my old friend. Almost 50 years of friendship, remembering the good old days, such fun at all your gigs & practices!
    You will remain in the hearts & memories of innumerable people whose lives have been touched by your love, light & unbelievable talent.
    My love & condolences to you Mary & Matthew. May your love, memories & the love of friends & family sustain you through this.

  9. Karen drucker says:

    So sorry..had the opportunity to work with him on a project..and remembering his talent.

  10. Vincent J. DiGiorgio and Kelly Ann Buckman says:

    Elliot, thank you for sharing your music, talent, love and guidance with us. You were a major influence on us, and a dear friend. You will be remembered for the rest of our lives in our hearts and in our music. Rest easy friend, and rock on.

  11. Randy Fuchs says:

    Alan Washinsky brought me to meet Elliott when I was 15 – that was 52 years ago! He became my pal, band mate, friend, and teacher in lots of ways. He became a creative partner at my recording studio. We recorded songs in my bedroom as a teenager. We recorded songs at his studio in Fishkill as an adult. We went to Sundance Film Festival together, Crossroads, multiple Grammy Awards, Oscar and Emmy award lounges, and rode our bikes to the Centennial in 1976. We saved a dog from drowning in Sheepshead Bay in the middle of the night after a gig at Popeye’s. We drove about in David Greenspan’s black hearse. His first rehearsal space was in an upper deck and was called the loft. Every rehearsal space was called the loft after that even if it was on the first floor. He had a great band with Larry Lebin, Gary Private, Mickey and Gus Sasso called Dancer that played CBGB’s in their heyday. When we would go out to eat, he would have to have Heinz ketchup. You could blindfold him and give him different brands to try and he could pick out the Heinz- we actually tested him on that! French fries had to be well done or he would send them back. When we would rehearse in his basement in the summer we would take a break every day to watch “The Gong Show” and marveled when Teddy Tedeschi” played guitar on the show wearing a ballet tutu and won!

    We worked at Buddy’s Music Center together on Kings Highway with our soon-to-be lifelong friend Glenn Rosenstein. Elliott became a staple at my studio in Atlanta Crescendo Recorders and wrote the theme song for the Atlanta Braves. As teenagers, we would play childhood pranks on each other. Elliott’s blue jeans were always droopy. Once on a crowded subway train I went up behind him and pulled on the back of the thighs area and pulled his pants down. I had no idea he wasn’t wearing any underwear! The entire train car froze as if in slow motion. Elliott promised to get his good natured revenge upon me. He told a bunch of friends to come into the music store where we worked as if they were all in a cult and Elliott was the new leader. It freaked me out and then later we had a good laugh about it.

    Elliott had some amazing musical creative output lately and his greatest desire was to have those songs recorded by some bands so that Mary could have some royalties to sustain her for when she gets older.

    My wife, Tanya, and I went to visit Elliott in late October when we knew he was ill. We had an amazing afternoon with him and it meant so much to all of us. He wanted us to pick out some of his high-end leather bags. Every time we spoke, even up till 2 weeks ago he would tell me to order a bag from me. He was a great man and all this is how I choose to remember him.

  12. Gary Private says:

    Elliott was the greatest musician I ever had the blessing to meet. We were friends since I was young man and he was the one who encouraged me to pursue music. HE WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME! I love him so much I am still numb accepting that he’s gone. If I ever needed anything, he would do his best to help me no matter what the situation. THE SWEETEST MAN I’VE EVER KNOWN. I will always cherish the music we made, his brilliant songs & lyrics will live on forever! I wish I could be there for his funeral, I REALLY DO! The thought of not being able to pick up the phone and call him has me extremely saddened! I don’t know where I’d be in life if Elliott didn’t come into my life. TRUTH!



  13. mark nevid says:

    I will miss you my dear friend besides being super talented you were one of the most giving people I knew. You were always asking what you could do for me. My answer was always nothing except to share each others company. You always wanted to help , even our last conversation you were seeing if I can help a friend of yours ,even though you could barely speak. My condolences and love to Mary and Matt, I hope you are making some sweet music my friend, I love you and will miss you

  14. Alan Becker says:

    My heart is broken.
    Those that knew you well know what a giving soul you are.
    You are a brilliant musician, engineer, song writer and more.
    Rest well my friend.
    May your french fries always be well done.
    Luv U.

  15. Caitlin Mase says:

    Uncle Elliott was full of joy and truly one of my favorite uncles growing up. I have so many childhood memories of him being playful and always joking around. My thoughts and prayers to his friends and family.

  16. Amanda & Paul Cohen says:

    Elliott, you are truly so special. Paul and I will always cherish the time we have spent together through so many years both as artists and in friendship. I appreciate your great talent in creating music and your sincere devotion to making the recording projects we did together sound wonderful. You have left a treasure of fond memories and music to comfort us. Your kindness abounds. You will be missed. Paul, Serena and I offer our deepest condolences to Mary and Matt. With love, Amanda and Paul

  17. Cheryl Krebs says:

    Elliott was one of my best friends I will miss him dearly . What a good heart . it’s so nice to read everyone’s stories and memories with him .
    We all had special times with a special person. Mary and Matt my love and condolences .
    I’m still in shock As we all are to tell you everything I want to say . I give you hugs and kisses .

  18. Susan E. MacDonald says:

    Dear Mary & Family,

    I was sooo very saddened to read of Elliott’s passing, unfortunately it was earlier on Wednesday evening at about 9PM & therefore I missed the visitation. We’ve never met but I’ve been a frequent customer to Cape Cod Leather for the past several years. I first met Elliott & the wonderful leather goods at the Dutchess County Fair along with a friend of mine, we both bought a couple of bags each! I’ve also been to the wonderful store in Cold Spring too, have a uniquely colored blue wallet from there & actually was down there this past summer (since in our topsy-turvey pandemic world, the DC Fair was canceled). Again I succumbed to a beautiful cognac briefcase, a fuschia handbag (& do I have a dress plus shoes to match the bag exactly? I sure do, :-). Anyway, another gentleman was also browsing/shopping & we all had a wonderful conversation, I swear somehow we hit almost every topic under the sun! I hadn’t realized that the guitar store was also a part (I had been to other store from a while ago down there on Main). I’m a fellow “ax” player, but acoustic, not really electric (may wind up trying it someday). Obviously that brought music into the conversation that we all had, sad to realize that would be the final conversation. Elliott had mentioned his illness but on that day he appeared to be conquering it. I guess now (according that infamous Righteous Brothers song), he will be joining that “heckuva” band in “Rock & Roll Heaven”. My thoughts & prayers & condolences are with you all & may Elliott rest in peace. Sincerely, Susan E. MacDonald Your Faithful Customer

  19. David King says:

    David King say:

    Dear Mary/Matt and Elliott’s entire family,

    I remember the first time I met Elliott. Early 1990’s, Elliott was in the Leather Bag business and I have always been in the Leather business. We immediately hit it off. And besides business associates, we became good friends. Over 25 years, our friendship and respect for each other grew.. During those years we did a great amount of business and had many good times together. My daughter, Ali, still speaks fondly of the time we spent with Elliott in Park City, Utah for Sundance. She had the time of her life. And is still a movie junkie. Ali so enjoyed the times you took her into your sound studio in Fishkill.

    While Elliott was the front man for Cape Cod Leather. Mary was the back office that kept everything straight. They were the perfect couple. Working for and with each other. At the same time caring for each other completely.

    I saw Elliott a month ago at the store in Cold Spring. Little did I know…And spoke to Elliott last week.

    Elliott, you will be missed by anyone that had the privilege to get to know you.
    Mary, I promise, i will still call and come to the shop to annoy you. Both Ali and I send you our love.

    David/Ali King

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