Edward J. Chmura, Current Staff

Edward J. Chmura (1956 – 2013)

HATFIELD – Edward J. Chmura, 56, of 11 Scotland Road, passed away suddenly Monday, March 25, 2013, at home.

Born Aug. 29, 1956, in Northampton, he was the son of Mildred (Novak) Chmura and the late Eugene Chmura.  Ed grew up in Hadley but also spent much time in Hatfield farming with his family.

In 1974, he graduated from Hopkins Academy. He later earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Holyoke Community College.

Ed was the plant operations manager at the Williston Northampton School for 31 years.

Ed was a member of the St. Kazimierza Polish Club in Hatfield and was a former Little League coach. He enjoyed going to the beach with family and friends, especially Cape Cod.

Besides his mother Mildred Chmura of Hatfield, Ed is survived by his wife Marie (Kuchyt) Chmura; his son Brian M. Chmura; his daughter Jenny A. Chmura; his brothers Stephen Chmura and John Chmura, all of Hatfield; his sisters Ann Donnis of Hatfield; and Jeanie Sullivan of Sunderland; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father Eugene and his sister Carol Fagnant.

Ed’s Funeral will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Ahearn Funeral home, 783 Bridge Rd., Northampton, followed by a Liturgy of Christian burial in Our Lady of Grace Church in Hatfield at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery in Hadley.  Calling hours are Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family may contribute to a scholarship at the Williston Northampton School in Ed’s name.

Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on March 29, 2013

19 thoughts on “Edward J. Chmura, Current Staff”

  1. Warm, funny, always cheerful and helpful; my memories of Ed inspire me to be a better person. We will all miss him bitterly.

  2. I was lucky enough to have Ed as my Little League coach way before my time at Williston. He used to ask me how I was doing when I ran into him around campus; he always had a smile on his face. A truly great guy who will be missed.

  3. Ed you are a great loss to everyone who knew you. Your laugh and lite heartedness will not be forgotten.

  4. Ed was truly one of the kindest people I have known. Always curious and interested, he exemplified the way to treat others. I will miss his anxious questions about the state of the Red Sox, and I will cherish the memories of the one baseball camp we ran together back in the mid 1990’s. He asked if I would help him run the camp, and even though I did not know him as well then as I would later, I knew there was no saying no to the man with the genuine smile. I will miss that smile the most.

  5. Ed was an incredibly kind and generous man who always found a way to get things done with a smile on his face. We adored him and will miss him.
    With love and sympathy, the Cheney Family

  6. I can’t imagine heading down to the rink and not seeing Ed. He was always optimistic and together we believed that we would win every game we played. He was as much a part of the Williston hockey program as any player or coach. Ed will be missed terribly and next season will definitely be dedicated in his memory!

  7. Ed had a personality that put you at ease. His kind way and generous spirit is something we can aspire to. A gem in our community. Its unbelievable that he is no longer among us- but we were so fortunate to have known him. Our prayers and sympathies to his family. The Choo’s

  8. I didn’t know Ed well, but seeing his kind and welcoming always made me love being part of such a wonderful community.

  9. Ed is truly missed by the Williston community. His pleasant manner and his willingness to laugh, as well as all the things on campus he quietly addressed, are memories we will all have of this wonderful man. He was so proud of his family…..it was always such a pleasure to talk about family with Ed. Our entire family wishes the Chmuras peace and serenity at this time.

  10. Ed was one of those people who made you smile on campus. Whenever he walked in, he just made things easier and more fun. He made Williston a better place, and I’ll miss him–we all will. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  11. I have had the pleasure of know Ed for many years. I also had the pleasure of working with his wife Marie. I will miss Ed’s incredible sense of humor and the fact that he was genuinely a great guy. Always smiling and joking I know for me I will miss this wonderful man. My condolences go out to his family and all who knew him. The family will be in my prayers.

  12. Ed was a great representative of what is best of our community. Warm, positive, helpful, loyal, dedicated; I was privileged to work with him for those 31 years and it will be a hole hard to fill.

  13. Ed was one of the good ones. I worked for many years with Ed and know what a loss this. My love and prayers to his family and to the Williston Community for their loss.

  14. What a wonderful smile: warm, genuine, and full of joy. He did so much for all of us, and we already feel the loss of his presence on campus and his generous, kind spirit.

  15. Simply a picture of Ed smiling captures who he was, warm, fun, and caring. I had the pleasure of knowing Ed for many years and always enjoyed his presence. Our hearts go out to his beautiful family who mirror the best qualities Ed possessed.

  16. We were very saddened to hear of Ed Chmura’s unexpected death. We know that he is going to be missed by the entire Williston community. Ed always brought a smile with him wherever he went and was always eager and willing to do that little extra for everyone. Again, we are so sorry to learn of the loss of our friend and someone who made Williston such a special place in our lives.

  17. Ed and I grew up as youngsters, a few doors away from each other in Hadley. Those were magical days from tricycles to sports, cars and girlfriends. We both shared a typical group of rural friends. We played little league baseball and later softball together. The last time I saw Ed, was when I had an art show at the Williston Gallery. Ed visited me to tell me he would not be able to attend the opening. That was fine with me. I was so pleased that he made the effort to visit me while I was hanging my artwork. Also, I had not seen him for many years. Ed went out of his way to visit me. And, of course, we mostly had many laughs. More recently, Ed and I were emailing each other chuckling about the funny things we experienced as kids. About one week before Ed passed, we had emailed each other. Through a mutual friend, I learned Ed had passed while packing to move to the Cape. Ed was the salt of the earth and I often think of him and the beautiful man he was.

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