IN THIS ISSUE
Third issue for the 2014 membership year
This journal is devoted primarily to remembering THS president, founder, husband and best friend, Edward Stephen Kamuda who passed into Eternity on April 13, 2014.
In the words of one of Ed’s favorite heroes, John Wayne: “A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job.” Ed Kamuda was a man who lived by a code – he had a clear sense of right and wrong and was consistent in what he believed. In his life and his work, he lived core values that are – honor, perseverance, and commitment.
Ed’s life was taken away from us too soon and it is hard to understand why tragic things like this happen to such good people. However, this is a question without an answer and we should not dwell on his loss but his legacy – of founding the Titanic Historical Society (originally Titanic Enthusiasts of America) despite obstacles, of being instrumental in preserving Titanic history when history and tradition were out of fashion in the turbulent social upheaval of the 1960s and remembering the remarkable things Ed accomplished.
There are many tributes from THS members and friends in this issue, I regret there was not room to print all of them. Some are poignant and personal while others are humorous and heartwarming. I read them all and they were very difficult to sort through.
Life happens, and you are forced to adapt to circumstances. How you handle those circumstances is really what defines who you are. And Ed certainly made his mark and defined who he was.
If you’re lucky in life, somewhere along the way you come across someone like Ed whose integrity, humility, principled, and wisdom become touchstones for you. He definitely has been that for me. So now by God’s grace I enter the next chapter of the journey over which I have very little control. We’re on God’s timetable in this – clearly not ours. We continue to be carried along and sustained by the Spirit, and the love and prayers of our amazing Titanic friends.
…Karen Kamuda, Publisher
Edward Kamuda: A Titanic Legacy
By Karen Kamuda
Titanic’s Gus “The Cat” Lives On
By Edward Kamuda
Milton Long’s Voyage on Titanic Was His Final Oneâ€¦
Although It Wasn’t His First Sinking
By Edward and Karen Kamuda
What Happened to Titanic’s Lifeboat Nameplates?
New York Herald April 20, 1912
Why Mr. James Clinch Smith Left Home (Conclusion)
The Denver Post
THS Memorial Service for Edward Kamuda
Liturgy of Christian Burial for Edward Kamuda
Burial at Oak Grove Cemetery for Edward Kamuda
Memorial Garden and Walkway Donors
Memorial Garden and Walkway Dedication
Letters from THS members and friends remembering Edward Kamuda.
FRONT COVER: Edward Stephen Kamuda
BACK COVER: One of Ed’s favorites. When he was on the Titanic set in Mexico, he remembered the Fr. Browne photo of a lone figure strolling on A-deck thought to be Major Archibald Butt (inset) and I snapped the picture for posterity..
(No. 207 Titanic Commutator is available August 1, 2014)