The man who had a lot to do with parks and recreation in the City of Vision has passed away. Ed Chismar, architect of the city’s parks and recreation master plan developed in 2003, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.
His wife of 32 years, Carol, said it seemed as recently as May that her husband had been winning his battle but, by July, they realized chemotherapy wasn’t working and his days were numbered.
Services will be held at Holy Child Catholic Church in Tijeras, with a rosary Thursday at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception; a funeral Mass will be held there at 10 a.m. Friday.
Chismar is also survived by three grown children: sons Eddie and Nathan, and a daughter, Audrey, recently wed to Daniel Lenzi.
Chismar left his position as director of parks and recreation in 2005 and took a similar job with Bernalillo County. Jay Hart took the post in 2009 and Hart said he was more than Chismar’s successor; the two had been friends for about 25 years.
A lot of people are close to Ed…If we had problems, challenges, Ed was the fellow I would call. I looked at him as one of my mentors and I hope he looked at me the same way. In parks and recreation, we get close to each other; that’s our support group. Ed would take and give you the shirt off his back.
hismar’s passing became “a big topic of the New Mexico Recreation and Parks Association” in Farmington last week, where Hart’s two-year term as president ended.
“Ed was all about parks and recreation – and providing services to children,” Hart said. “Last year, we honored Ed with the highest award, the lifetime achievement award, that we hand out. We had to do it remotely; Ed couldn’t do it.”
“He did an outstanding job in taking our department to the next level, engaging the community, and he had a strong belief in trying new things to help engage our youth, as well as looking at adult programs,” former Mayor Tom Swisstack said.
Added former city manager James Jimenez, “He used parks and recreation programs to really benefit the whole community.”
Deborah Brogdon, director of senior services for the city, said she knew Chismar back when the two were graduate students at the University of New Mexico in the 1970s.
“He had a compassion for people – he cared about people,” she said. “He had a passion for parks and recreation and we’ll miss that.” Brogdon added, “He loved to fish, he loved to referee and he also loved this community.”
Article written by Gary Herron with the Rio Rancho Observer. Saturday, November 7th, 2015 at 12:05 am.
Ed Chismar was loved, and admired by those who were fortunate enough to know him.
At the time of his retirement from Bernallio County, Ed shared the following articles with his work family. The articles that Ed wrote reflect the love, and compassion that he had for the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space field: