Edward Kaminski (1925-2016)

Ed Kaminski was the treasurer of SVEC practically from the beginning for over 20 years.  He was an amazing guy, very active in SVEC as recently as last spring.  Ed was always cheerful and willing to pitch in to help.  We will miss his presence greatly. 

Above Ed is pictured at the E-Week banquet with his wife Liz who passed away in 2012. 

Ed’s daughter Kathleen informed us he passed away Friday August 5. She wishes to inform all the organizations about his passing and welcome everyone to his memorial on Saturday August 13 at 1:00PM at Aquamaids (Where he was also a tireless volunteer) to pay respect to her father and introduce ourselves to her. The memorial will be this Saturday at 1:00PM at Aquamaids Bingo, 1600 Martin Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050.

San Jose Mercury News an obituary:

DJ Cline posted a lovely photo memorial:

Edward “Ed” W. Kaminski, Santa Clara resident for over 50 years, was born in Chicago, IL on July 25, 1925. Ed spent his growing up years in the Bridgeport neighborhood. As a youngster, he went to Healy Elementary School before attending Tilden Technical High School where he graduated with the Class of 1943. Following the war, he continued his education getting a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1950. Furthering his education at the University of Santa Clara, he received an MBA in 1968.

Military service following high school graduation was in the U.S. Army from 1943-45. Awards included the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart (Ruhr Pocket Action), and Bronze Star (Battle of the Bulge).

Work experience over the years included Lockheed Missiles & Space Co. (30 yrs.) in Sunnyvale, CA; Borg Warner (6 yrs.) in Wooster, OH; Ford Aircraft Div. (6 yrs.) in Chicago, IL; and U.S. Steel (1 yr.) in Chicago, IL.

Organizational experiences over the years included being an officer in the Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC) from 1991-2016. Past local Chairmanships included American Society for Materials, The Materials Society, and Pacific Assoc. Synchronized Swimming. He is Past President of the 7th Armored Div. Assoc. (4 yrs. as Pres.) as well as Past Commander of American Legion Post 68 in Wooster, OH, and VFW Post 3982 in Santa Clara, CA.

Awards over the years included: 2000 Paragon Award (International Swimming Hall of Fame): for outstanding contribution to Synchro Swimming USSS Pacific Assoc.; 2001 Junior League of San Jose Inc. Certificate of Appreciation: Outstanding volunteerism in the community, Silicon Valley Engineering Council; 2001 Diploma – The International Olympic Committee: for remarkable contribution as a Volunteer; 2011 7th Armored Division Association Hall of Fame & President’s Award; 2012 Silicon Valley Engineering Council President's Award; and 2013 Tilden Tech Hall of Fame.

Miscellaneous info includes a 63 year marriage that produced 3 children – Kathleen Elizabeth Kear (Randy), Michael Edward (Linda), Charles David; 7 grandchildren, and so far 8 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Ed will be held on Saturday, August 13, at 1 p.m. at the Aquamaids Bingo, 1600 Martin Ave., Santa Clara 95050 (between Elks Lodge and University Electric). In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Swords to Plowshares.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Aug. 10, 2016.

Also some friends can be found talking about their memories of Ed at his Facebook page:
Cards can be sent to 290 Manzanita Ave, Santa Clara CA 95051