Died 15 August 2011, aged 56: Stephen Switalski, who grew up in Sandal and attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, went on to found a firm of solicitors which remains a household name across West Yorkshire. He died on 15 August 2011. He read law at Wolverhampton Polytechnic and started his own business in Wood Street in 1987. He later moved to Tammy Hall Street and then to Cheapside, where the business is today. The firm went from strength to strength and although he left it in 2006 to become a barrister in Leeds, the company has kept his name

His son Joe Switalski, aged 19 at the time of his father’s death, is following in his father’s footsteps by studying law at DurhamUniversity.  He said: “He would want to be remembered most fondly in the Yorkshire region as a man who put others before himself, fought hard for the vulnerable in his work as a childcare lawyer and touched the lives of all he met with a simple air of warmth and fun.”

Stephen Switalski, who lived at St John’s, had a passion for all things French and was an avid photographer and film enthusiast. He played football regularly in Huddersfield and was a drummer in band 2XS, formerly called Rocky Defence and the Mitigations. The month before his death he was diagnosed with the blood cancer lymphoma. The funeral service was at QEGS. 

For the full Wakefield Express story and tributes, click here

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