SOUTH PYMATUNING TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania – Edward W. Lazor Jr., 58, of South Pymatuning Township, a 3D computer animator/illustrator and special effects artist for film, advertising and corporate projects, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.
Ed was born January 7, 1959, to Edward William Lazor, Sr. and Olivia Mary Campagna Lazor of South Pymatuning Township, Sharpsville.
He was a 1977 graduate of Sharpsville Area High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State University, trained in film production at Pacific Data Images (PDI), Palo Alto, California and attended master’s degree classes in film animation with the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California.
Edward developed and practiced his creative skills at a number of smaller production companies in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and Virginia before taking a position at PDI, a subsidiary of DreamWorks in California. After returning to Pennsylvania, he was an adjunct instructor at Youngstown State University. He also established his own business as a freelance motion graphics and design animator.
During his career, he was involved with several well-known commercial and film projects such as Sparkle Markets, Pillsbury Dough Boy, Kraft Salad Dressings, WQED logo, “Antz”, “Shrek”, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”, “Forces of Nature”, Fine Tune and many others.
Ed enjoyed riding his motorcycle, spending time outdoors and training dogs.
He was an active member of the Penn-Ohio Dog Club, with a special love and gift for rescuing and rehabilitating dogs.
He is survived by his two daughters, Madison Claire Lazor and Alexa Nicole Lazor, both of Transfer, as well as his mother, Olivia Campaga Lazor of South Pymatuning Township; a sister, Teresa Lazor Paporello and husband, Gary, of Manhein; a niece, Kristen Paporello Rogers and husband, Mathew, of Lancaster and a nephew, Petty Officer Kyle Paporello USCG, of Savannah, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward W. Lazor, Sr.; his grandparents, Rocco and Antionette (Anna) Campagna, John and Anna Lazor and numerous aunts and uncles.
Calling hours will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage, with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 16 in St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, with the Rev. Matthew Strickenberger as celebrant.
Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.
A television tribute will air Thursday, June 15 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.