LUDLOW- Edward P. Mazur, CFSP, 55 of Ludlow, MA and Stratton Mountain, VT died peacefully Saturday March 15, 2014 after a valiant 3 year battle with cancer. Born in the old Ludlow Hospital, November 3, 1958, he was the youngest son of the late Ben S. and Emily D. (Kapinos) Mazur. Educated in Ludlow Public Schools, he was a 1976 graduate of Ludlow High School. He furthered his education at Holyoke Community College and was a 1978 graduate with an Associates Degree in retail management. He was a 1982 graduate of the New England Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, and received his funeral director and embalmers license later that same year. Ed worked at the family firm, Kapinos Funeral Home, for many years and was a driving force in making many changes. In 1984 the firm was renamed Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home to reflect the heritage of ownership. He also worked for several area funeral homes as a member of their adjunct staff.
Active in the funeral service community, he was a member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association, the National Funeral Directors Association, and the International Order of the Golden Rule. In 2004 he was appointed to the Massachusetts State Board of Registration in Embalming and Funeral Directing by Governor W. Mitt Romney, and has served as secretary, and chairman. During his tenure on the board sweeping changes were made to pre-need funeral regulations, and a comprehensive rewrite of archaic state laws. Ed was currently serving as a Board member of the Funeral Service Foundation, the charitable voice of the National Funeral Directors Association and as a Board member of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association.
Ed was committed to community service in the Town of Ludlow. He served as a call firefighter with the Ludlow Fire Dept for over 20 years. He was appointed to the Board of Assessors in 2001 and served for over 10 years. He was currently serving as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee. He was a charter member and board member of the Ludlow CARES Collation, a member of the Ludlow Lions Club and a Charter Member of the Ludlow Rotary Club. In addition he served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Randall Community Center/Ludlow Boys and Girls Club. He led the community in 2000 in the Celebration of Freedom to raise funds and to honor and recognize World War II Veterans and home front workers. He led the town in prayer in the dark days following the September 11, 2001 attack, he and his committee, planned an emotional service of hope and remembrance. In 2005 he led the towns relief effort in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. He was also on the ground on day 5 after the hurricane to help funeral service professionals in Mississippi during the aftermath of the storm.
After super storm Sandy in 2012, he and Maxine led a clothing drive to aid the residents of Staten Island and the New Jersey Coast. In December 2012 the large evergreen tree on the funeral home property become an angel tree where the public could honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy by decorating the tree with angels.
Ed was a past member of the Springfield Symphony Chorus, and Schola Cantorum.
Ed was honored in 2006 as the Holyoke Community Colleges Distinguished Alumni and in 2008 as the Ludlow Polish American Citizens Clubs Citizen of the Year. He was recently named the Ludlow CARES Coalitions first Citizen of the Year.
He was a communicant of St. Cecilias Church in Wilbraham, MA.
He is survived by his wife and best friend Maxine C. (Bizon) Mazur, a brother Robert J. Mazur and his wife Laura of Wilbraham, and a brother in law Matthew A. Bizon of Springfield. He was predeceased by his mother in law Irene Bizon on March 5, 2014. He also leaves his beloved Springer Spaniels Rylie and Holly, an uncle, cousins, extended family members and friends.
Independently owned and operated Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home and Cremation with Confidence by Kapinos-Mazur Care for the Community Since 1932
Funeral services celebrating his life will be Friday, March 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM followed by a Concelebrated Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Cecilias Church, 42 Main St. Wilbraham, MA at 11 AM. Rites of Committal will follow in Hillcrest Park Cemetery.