EASTON, Conn. -- James Pisaretz, a resident of Easton, died Friday, March 12. He was 62.
He was born in Bridgeport on March 1, 1954, to Peter and Doris Keane Pisaretz.
He graduated with honors from Fairfield Prep High School, went to Western Connecticut State University and then moved to Long Beach, Calif., and graduated magna cum laude from Long Beach State with a journalism degree.
His career in publishing began as a driver and writer for the “Biker News” magazine. He then began editing and writing early 1980s motorcycle publications, “Chopper”, “F.T.W.” and “Biker.”
He was founding and senior editor of Easy Rider’s Publications, “Biker Lifestyle” and beginning in 1984, “Tattoo” which continues to be the largest selling tattoo publication worldwide. His career allowed him the opportunity to interview many, including blues artist Johnny Winter about his tattoos and actor Steve McQueen, who welcomed him into his home to talk about his car and motorcycle collection. It was one of the actor’s last interviews. He was also employed at a Bridgeport foundry where he learned the art of lost-wax metal casting.
He is survived by his father, Peter Pisaretz and his wife, Pat of Easton; brother, John Pisaretz and his wife, Elizabeth of Bridgeport; sister, Kathleen Taylor and husband, Jay.
He was predeceased by his mother.
Friends may greet his family on Saturday, April 2, from 1-3 p.m. at the Shaughnessy Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield Center.
A gathering to celebrate Pisaretz’s life will be held on Saturday, May 21, at the S.S. Norden Club, 4 Seabright Ave. in Bridgeport at a time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in Jim’s name to: “The Maren Sanchez Home Foundation” c/o Attorney Michael McCabe, 2 Broad St., Milford, CT 06460.
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