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NORTH SMITHFIELD- Edward Tenczar, 92, one of Greater Woonsocket's veteran photographers, of Smithfield Rd., died on Friday, May 4, 2012 at Overlook Nursing Home. He was the husband of Evelyn M. (Bailey) Tenczar, whom he married on June 23, 1946.
Born in Woonsocket, he was the son of the late John and Rozalia (Kwasnicka) Tenczar.
Mr. Tenczar was the president and treasurer of Tenczar Studio and Tenczar Press in North Smithfield. This four-generation studio spans over seventy years of service. He began his photography career in his father's studio in Woonsocket prior to WWII. He served with the 1st Marine Division as a combat motion picture photographer during WWII, serving on the Guadalcanal and Okinawa and was chief of section of motion picture photography with the division at Guam when the war ended. He returned to the studio after the war and then opened his own studio in Woonsocket before moving to its present location in 1965. He attended the Roushon Institute of Photography, Hartford, the Winona School of Photography of the Professional Photographers of America, Illinois, along with local and national seminars. He had presented programs at seminars throughout New England and was a member of the Professional Photographers of America. He was the past president of the Rhode Island Professional Photographers Association, the Professsional Photographers of New England, the Polish-American War Veterans Post, Woonsocket, and was director of the North Smithfield Chamber of Commerce.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Judith Beauchemin of No. Smithfield, and Audrey Campbell of Bradenton, FL, three grandsons and one great-grandson. He was the brother of the late Alexander Tenczar.
His funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012, beginning at 10 AM in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 So. Main St., Woonsocket, with a service at 11 AM in Our Saviour Polish National Church, 500 Smithfield Rd. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Calling hours are from 4 - 7 PM on Wednesday.