Tributes to Lez, a top drummer and family man

A TALENTED drummer who raised money for charity during his fight with cancer has died aged 51.

Saturday, 13th February 2010, 12:23 pm

Lez Piszkalo, of Lydgate, passed away with his family by his side.

His wife of 20 years, Elaine, said: "He was my life. The best thing that ever happened to me. He was a real family man who adored his daughters and was very proud of them both."

Daughters Emma, 23, and Gabriella, 19, wrote in a eulogy: "Our dad was the most passionate person we've ever known. We owe such a lot to him. He was hard-working and always made sure he achieved every goal in his sight. This is a quality we hope to carry on in our lives as a lasting legacy to him."

Mr Piszkalo was diagnosed in July, and played a farewell gig at the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge, in November.

Best friend and bandmate Tony Hallsworth said: "It would have been a hard task for many drummers at the peak of their fitness – and he didn't play half-heartedly. He was a full-on drummer – exciting to watch.

"I couldn't have asked for a better mate. He was more like a brother to me. He will always be remembered."

The event raised around 3,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Piszkalo was a landlord at the Fox and Hounds pub in Todmorden from 1989 to 1996, before becoming a health and safety officer.

He was a Deep Purple fan and a respected musician who had played in rock groups since the age of 11.