Edward A. Syms

October 14, 1917 - March 23, 2010
Edward A. Syms

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Edward A. Syms, 92, of Hendersonville died Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at Cherry Springs Village. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he was a son of the late Thomas and Sophie Szymczak. He was also preceded in death by his sister Estelle Bojanowski and brothers Joseph Sims and Walter Szymczak.

A US Army veteran of WWII, he was a professor of Sociology and Psychology, educated at Illinois State University, Denver University, and Oxford University in England. He retired in 1980 from Edison Community College in Ft. Myers, Florida and relocated to Hendersonville eleven years ago.

A gifted musician, he was well known for his love of music and willingly shared his enthusiasm and love of music with many others. He was a longtime member of the Scottish Rite and the Elks Club, and attended Covenant Presbyterian Church.

He was loved and cherished by his surviving wife of 61 years, Norma; his daughter Rebecca A. Reese and husband James of Mt. Prospect, Illinois; his son Douglas E. Syms and wife Heather of Ft. Myers, Florida. He will be mourned by his sister Betty Modrick and husband Don of Chicago, Illinois. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Adam, Brian, and Kristen Reese and Matthew and Michelle Syms.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Four Seasons Compassion for Life, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.


Sunday, May 30, 2010
12:00 AM

Covenant Presbyterian Church - Directions
2101 Kanuga Road
Hendersonville, NC 28739

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  • March 25, 2010
    T Alston says:
    Please accept my condolences. It is encouraging to know that God has loving concern for bereaved ones. Psalm 146:9 states "...The fatherless boy and widow he relieves." He promises that one day he will 'wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." I look forward to the day when death will be no more and we will no longer have to experience the pain and suffering it brings. Until that time, I encourage you to put hope in the thought at John 5:28,29; Acts 24:15 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13,14. All of these provide us with the hope of being reunited with our loved ones by means of the resurrection. This brings me comfort and hope. I have faith in all of those scriptures because Titus 1:2 tells us that God can not lie. Please know that this will be accomplished by means of God's Kingdom which is mentioned at Daniel 2:44 and Matthew 6:9, 10. It is my hope that you are strengthened by these thoughts. May you read them from your own copy of the bible, meditate on them and gain faith in seeing your loved one again by means of the resurrection. Please review these scriptures in your own copy of the bible.

  • March 25, 2010
    Barbara Rogers says:
    Norma and family, Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. your H H luncheon friend, Barbara Rogers. God Bless!!

  • March 26, 2010
    Drake and Karen Atkinson says:
    Dear Norma, Please know that we will keep you and your family in our prayers at this very difficult time.

  • March 26, 2010
    Drake and Karen Atkinson says:
    Dear Norma, Please know that we will keep you and your family in our prayers at this very difficult time.

  • March 27, 2010
    Nina (Joseph) Brierly says:
    To My Dear Cousin, Norma & family, Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved husband, father, & grandfather. May the life he lived be a shining light in the memory side of your hearts. Nina