Theodore M. “Ted” Fish, 70, died March 10, 2017, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver due to complications from heart surgery. His wife was by his side.

He was born Aug. 11, 1946, in New York City, the borough of Manhattan, to Margaret and Theodore B. Fish.

The family moved to East Stroudsburg, Pa., shortly after his birth.

He attended East Stroudsburg High School and graduated from East Stroudsburg College in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Throughout his life he had several occupations, including concrete mason and financial market instrument investor, but he was best known as an artist.

In 1975 he married Louise Altemose.

The couple lived in Stroudsburg, Pa., until 1982, when they moved to Denver, where Mr. Fish became enamored with clay.

He earned a bachelor of fine arts with a concentration in ceramics from Metro State University in 2001.

He was known for his weird ceramic head sculptures.

The head sculpture in the river rocks in front of Salida SteamPlant was his creation.

The Fishes discovered Salida in fall 2004 and moved here in spring 2005.

They said they found this small town with an art community perfect for their dreams.

Survivors include his wife; sister, Maryann Schimpf; and other family members and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held in spring in Salida.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the SteamPlant, P.O. Box 758, Salida, CO 81201.

Arrangements are with The Cremation Society of Colorado in Denver.

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