Obituary: Roy Matthew Piskadlo |

Obituary: Roy Matthew Piskadlo

Roy Matthew Piskadlo

July 14, 1937 – Jan. 8, 2014

Roy was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, to Matthew and Alice Piskadlo. He graduated from Fair Lawn, New Jersey, High School in 1955. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in electrical engineering, and also received a master’s in electrical engineering from Newark Technical University of Engineering. He married Joyce on June 24, 1961.

In his early career, he worked in the Aero Space Industry, launching weather satellites. Perhaps one of his proudest accomplishments was the launching of the TIROS-1 weather satellite. After leaving the Aero Space Industry he went to work at IBM. Over his 28-year career, he enjoyed many accomplishments including achieving the level of Senior Systems Engineer, working with Exxon’s Data Centers. After retirement he became a certified financial planner. Finally, he achieved his greatest career success as an OHG guide and ski instructor at Copper Mountain. He loved the mountains and enjoyed his retirement here in Summit County.

When his illness was confirmed at MD Anderson in October of 2013, he accepted all the treatments with strength and hope.

He is survived by his wife Joyce, son Roy Jr and wife Ellen, son Mark and wife Suzanne, and five grandchildren.

Services will be at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. A reception at the church will follow. The address is 89 Smith Ranch Road, Silverthorne, Colorado, 80498.

All are welcome to join us in celebrating Roy’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please make a gift in support of pancreatic cancer research at the University of Colorado. Please send your gift in memory of Roy Piskadlo to: University of Colorado Foundation, PO Box 17126, Denver, CO, 80217. On the memo line of the check, please note Roy’s name. Gifts may also be made online at

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