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Albert "Al" Joseph Svoboda of Bushnell, FL died June 3, 2017 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born on June 28, 1939 in Chicago, IL and was just a month short of his 78th birthday when he passed.
Al was a man for all seasons—he was a ceramic artist, a sculptor, a musician, a poet and an educator as well as a raconteur and humorist.
Together with his wife, Jill, Al moved to Florida in 2004, where he made a name for himself as an outstanding poet. His poems were published in a poetry chapbook called "Openings" and appeared in Mosaic 2014 and Mosaic 2017, anthologies published by the Brooksville Writers' Group, as well as in the literary magazine Steam Ticket, published by the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He won numerous awards for poetry and dramatic readings at Pasco-Hernando State College's semi-annual poetry events. He was a member of the Brooksville Writers' Group, Just Poets in Hernando County and the Tampa Writers poetry group.
Al loved Irish and Scottish tunes and played them on the concertina and the penny whistle. He was also a jazz pianist. He was proud of his Czech ancestry, becoming fluent in the Czech language and maintaining Czech holiday customs.
Early in his career, Al founded a ceramics studio in Madison, Wisconsin, where he created sculptures and mosaics, including two public pieces that are still on display in that city. In Chicago, during the 1980s and '90s, he branched out into bronze sculpture. During this time, he completed a series of 21 pieces depicting stages in the founding and growth of the United States.
In 2005 and '06, Al created digital (computer-based) prints, using elements from his own drawings, paintings, photographs and sculptures and melding them with designs he created directly on the computer. He developed a limited edition series of prints titled "Myth and the Mind of Man," which was exhibited in the Brooksville City Hall's Gallery of Fine Arts in the fall of 2006.
In addition to his work in fine arts, Al taught grades K-12 in the Chicago Public Schools and spent three years teaching math and chemistry in the high school at Cook County Jail. He was also co-founder, publisher and graphic designer for Svoboda's Business Magazine and Svoboda's Interactive Business Magazine, which were independent print and Internet publications for Chicago-area small business owners published between 1993 and 2000. The print editions reached over 90,000 readers every month for seven years.
He was active in the Tri-County Community Association in Nobleton, Florida.
Al earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His postgraduate studies included courses in fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University. He is survived by Jill, his wife of 33 years; his son, Julius; daughter-in-law, Rachel; and grandson, Liam; sisters Marie Svoboda and Mila Tellez and husband Nile Wendorf, and brother Robert Svoboda and wife Maryellen as well as many nieces and nephews and their children.
A celebration of Al's vibrant life will be held on Saturday, July 8, at the Tri-County Community Center, 28444 Forbes Street, Nobleton, FL 34661, at 11 A.M.