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Friends and family remember life of Holocaust survivor

97-year old Alfred Tibor died Saturday. Since then, his family has been honoring his memory while sharing stories of his lasting impact in central Ohio. (WSYX/WTTE)

Family and friends say a beloved sculptor and Holocaust survivor is being remembered as a dedicated family man and friend to all he knew.

97-year old Alfred Tibor died Saturday.

Since then, his family has been honoring his memory while sharing stories of his lasting impact in central Ohio.

The Hungarian-born native moved to Columbus in 1972 with his family.

After a successful career in advertising in Miami and Columbus, Tibor turned his attention to sculpture art which dots the landscape at parks, hospitals and schools in Columbus.

It's also on display at hundreds of private collections and museums.

"I think once he retired, this was his passion, he remembered making sculptures in the snow in Siberia" said Eva Tibor, Alfred's daughter.

Tibor spent countless hours working with schools, churches and several organizations teaching how the pain of his past and losing loved ones in the Holocaust helped drive his passion for art.

"There's kind of a mixed message that's sad, but one that's hopeful and joyful" his daughter added.

As the family prepares for Tibor's funeral, they say his legacy of art and passion for making Central, Ohio a better place will last for generations.

"His hope was that all of humanity, all people, can live together" said Jay Brand, Tibor's son-in-law.

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