Peabody MA — Emil Szmyd, 83, of Peabody, died Saturday at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, after a brief illness. He was the husband of the late Theresa (Lewicki) Szmyd, who died in 2006. According to family legend, Emil’s mother, Victoria Szmyd, a native of Newmarket, N.H., gave birth to him on the steps of the U.S. Embassy in Poland on May 20, 1930. He later immigrated to the U.S. in 1950, after being raised by his grandmother while Russian and German soldiers occupied his village of Lubla, Poland, during WW II. After reuniting with his family in the U.S., Emil learned how to repair houses from his stepfather and became an electrician. He joined the IBEW Local 259 in Salem, later retiring from Local 103 in 1992. He worked all over the North Shore. He was also the vice president and an active member of the Polish Falcons Nest 188 of Salem. He enjoyed playing cards, watching birds, playing harmonica, and being with his grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Edward Szmyd, Richard and his wife, Catherine Szmyd and Robert and his wife, Tara Szmyd all of Peabody; his grandchildren, Nicholas, Maggiemae, Isabella, and Rose Szmyd; his sisters, Irene, Marilyn and her husband, Ron; and his cousins, Walter, Oleshia, Joe, Tadeck, Statia, and Teresa.