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Apr 14, 2013 8:02 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Public Memorial Service held for photographer Joe Schwartz

The Central Coast is remembering photographer Joe Schwartz.

Joe was well-known for his photography that sought racial harmony from the 1940's to 1970's.

A Public Memorial Service was held Sunday afternoon at the Atascadero Lake Pavilion.

Joe passed away on March 13th. He would have been 100 this July.

Joe's friends and family remember him as a compassionate, fun-loving man who wanted to bring change to the world.

"Always the supporter of those who are unlucky, always the defender of the less fortunate. Our dad knew that this world is a better place when it is everyone's place," said Carl Schwartz, Joe's son.

"His values were very much similar to those of Mother Theresa. That's how deep his compassion and values were. He was a man of passion and peace," said Harvey Levinson, one of Joe's friends.

"I recall Grandpa Joe wiggling his ears, laughing in his loud voice, and the two of us intertwining in our dance routines. Our grandpa-grandson ballets," said Joe's Grandson, Damian Schwartz, "In spirit, he'll continue to be the life of the party. I can not organize his dark room or ask for trivial handouts anymore, but I will continue to laugh, smile, and dance with him in my thoughts."

Joe is remembered as a champion for African American rights.

Some of his photographs are set to be featured at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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