Lee "Crystal" Sackett, 57, rock and roll drummer, of Maplewood, N.J., passed away peacefully on Nov. 5 with his family at his side.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at The Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, 2122 Millburn Ave., Maplewood, on Friday, Nov. 8, at 12:30 p.m. Interment is in Rosedale Cemetery, Montclair, N.J. Visitation will be held on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Shiva will be held at the family home from the conclusion of the interment through Sunday. For more information or to send condolences please visit jacobhollefuneralhome.com
Lee was born in Brooklyn, though he lived in Sunnyside, Queens, until the family returned to their Brooklyn roots when he was nine years old. It was in Brooklyn, where his passion for music was nourished. As a young man, he and his drums made a mark on the early punk rock scene in New York City. He played gigs at CBGB and Max's Kansas City. His talent led him to the drum seat for Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in the 1980s. His iconic drum beat on the band's early hits, including the number one on the Billboard charts for eight weeks, "I Love Rock 'N' Roll," will play on forever. After leaving the music business, Lee went on to a successful career in furniture sales in New York. But Lee's greatest love, and his true dedication, was to his family.
He was a dear father to his sons, Sean and Cameron, and a devoted husband to his wife of almost 30 years, Maura. Lee is also survived by his brother, Jay, and his wife, Janice. Lee's sweet nature and dimpled smile will be missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, donations to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater North Jersey Chapter, 1 Kalisa Way, Suite 205, Paramus, N.J. 07652 would be appreciated.