SHEFFIELD LAKE — A Sheffield Lake man known for his love of Lake Erie died Sunday while helping someone whose jet ski broke down in the water.
Jack Piskura, 70, was helping the man pull his jet ski in when he had what is believed to be a heart attack, said Sheffield Lake Fire Chief Tim Card. Piskura is the father of Sheffield Lake Mayor John Piskura.
Card said the elder Piskura saw the distressed jet skier from his home on the lake, where he has lived since the 1940s, according to his son. Firefighters arrived a little after 4 p.m. after receiving a call.
“They were trying to get that jet ski over to the boat docks so they could get it in safer water,” Card said.
In a statement released Monday, Piskura’s family said they are all heartbroken at their loss, but found some solace in the fact that Jack Piskura died helping another.
“We are comforted in knowing that his last moments were spent in trying to help someone else in the city he loved, and on the lake that he loved,” the statement reads. “He will be sorely missed.”
Mayor Piskura said his father was known around town for his love for and knowledge of the lake.
“His family was his life and then beyond his family he loved that lake,” he said. “If you wanted to know where the fish were biting, or if they were biting, you called Jack.”
Jack Piskura was a lifelong Sheffield Lake resident, graduating from Brookside High School in 1959 and started Jack Piskura Insurance in Avon six years later. His eldest daughter took over the business when he retired.
Mayor Piskura said his father was a coach in Catholic Youth Organization for 40 years. He leaves behind four children and 13 grandchildren.
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