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Frank Bielec (1947–2020), “Trading Spaces” designer

by John Maxwell

Frank Bielec was a designer who appeared on TLC’s reality home improvement show “Trading Spaces.” He participated in every season from 2000 to 2008 and returned for the show’s 2018 revival.

  • Died: Friday, May 15, 2020 (Who else died on May 15?)
  • Details of Death: Died in Houston of complications from a heart attack at the age of 72.
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The path to “Trading Spaces”

Before television Bielec used his creativity in several other career paths. He had a master’s degree in education and an MFA in Art and worked as an elementary school teacher. Later he worked as a florist for 20 years, and started a folk art business with his wife, Judy, called “Mosey ‘n Me.”

What people said about him:

“His folksy demeanor and comfortable style attracted millions of viewers and turned him into a sought after speaker at events across the country where he’d be chased by fans through airports, which always amazed him. Calling himself ‘a little bit country and a little bit cranky,’ Frank’s superpower was his ability to not take himself too seriously. Behind the scenes, he was quick to offer compliments and advice, always lent a helping hand to his crews, and provided a strong shoulder to lean on when things got tough. For his colleagues, seeing Frank’s name on the call sheet was a guarantee of joy and laughter.”—a statement from colleagues posted to Facebook

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Full Obituary: TMZ

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