Theodore Lewis Abel
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63, passed away on Nov. 18, 2013 due to complications from a brain tumor, a 25 year journey, in Poway, Calif., where he's resided for the last eight years. Ted was born in North Canton, Ohio and graduated from Hoover High School in 1968. He attended Kent State University, Stark Branch and the main campus in Kent, Ohio, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. In 1978, Ted donated four large stained glass windows to the May 4 Resource Room as his senior art project, where they still are maintained in the main library. Ted worked at Press Works in Alliance, Ohio for 16 years and for the last 20, was self-employed as a graphic designer/illustrator and president of TA Creative Design and Services. In Ohio, Ted was a member of the Alliance Symphony Board and Ohev Tzedek Temple and a Past President of the Canton Ad Club and the Hartville Chamber of Commerce. In Poway, he was a member of the North County Referral Group, Ner Tamid synagogue, and a fervent supporter of the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation.
Ted leaves his wife of 35 years, Debbie (Berger); his parents, Ruth and Owen Abel; brothers, Richard (Barbara), Robert, Tom (Nancy), John (Karen); and his sisters, Becky and Betts (Patrick); as well as seven nieces and nephews, Zack, Sara, Gloria, Julie, Sean, Paul and Cynthia; and four grand-nephews, Lorenz, Giovanni and twin grand-nephews, Hunter and Cooper; and a grand-niece, London.
Ted has chosen to donate his brain to The Brain Observatory, in order to help others with brain tumors. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Diego Brain Tumor Foundation, 852 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101, Ohev Tzedek Temple, 5245 Glenwood Ave., Youngstown, Ohio, or to the charity of your personal choice. A service will be held in Ohio on Nov. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. for calling hours and 11:30 for the service at Ohev Tzedek Temple.
Published in The Repository on Nov. 20, 2013