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Mr. Edward Anthony Szmyd, 71, of 1542 Greenhill Road, Blowing Rock, died Thursday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2004, at Blowing Rock Hospital.
He was born June 9, 1933, in Trafford, Pa., to the late Antoni and Blanche Frydrych Szmyd.
Mr. Szmyd was a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pa. and was an internationally known self-employed fine artist.
He had been a resident of Blowing Rock for 25 years.
Survivors include two brothers, Donald W. Szmyd of Blowing Rock and Chester Szmyd and wife, Betty, of Fort Collins, Colo.; two nieces, Karen Dickason of Collierville, Tenn. and Morgan Kobielusz of Fort Collins, Colo.; four nephews, William Szmyd and Steven Szmyd, both of Loveland, Colo.; David Szmyd of Austin, Tex. and Jeffrey Szmyd of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and a close family friend, Donald Downs of Blowing Rock.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, P.O. Box 1835, 200 Casey Lane, Boone, N.C. 28607.
Hampton Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.