Tom Martin Pizzala

Salesman for Tradesman International

May 30, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Tom Martin Pizzala, a career salesman and a beach lover, died May 24 of lung cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 55.

Mr. Pizzala was born and raised in Wilmington, Del. He was a 1973 graduate of Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington, and earned a bachelor's degree in 1977 in biology from the University of Delaware.

Mr. Pizzala had worked 15 years for W.L. Gore & Associates in Newark, Del., whose products include Gore-Tex.

At the time of his death, he was a sales associate in Baltimore for Tradesman International, a construction recruiter and employer.

Mr. Pizzala enjoyed spending time with his two sons, Andrew Michael "Drew" Pizzala, 18, a senior at Boys' Latin School, and Alex Mark Pizzala, 17, a junior at Loyola High School.

Although Mr. Pizzala did not live to see his oldest son graduate from high school, officials from Boys' Latin arranged a private ceremony that was held several weeks ago at Gilchrist Hospice where they awarded Drew his diploma.

Mr. Pizzala, who had lived in Towson since 1985, was a guitarist and singer. He also was an avid fisherman.

"His favorite place to relax was Rehoboth Beach, Del.," said his former wife, Beverly Gill.

Services for Mr. Pizzala were held Thursday.

In addition to his two sons, survivors include his mother, Virginia Pizzala of Wilmington; a brother, Rob Pizzala of Newark, Del.; a sister, Barbara Pizzala of Kennett Square, Pa.; a nephew; and three nieces.

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