INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (WWLP) – A prominent western Massachusetts historian who helped filmmakers on the Academy Award-winning film “Titanic” has died.
Edward Kamuda, 74, died at home on Sunday, following a long illness. Kamuda was one of the founders of the Indian Orchard-based Titanic Historical Society, and had served as its longtime president.
The society, which was founded in 1963, maintains the largest collection of pre-discovery Titanic artifacts, which are housed at their Indian Orchard museum, as well as at exhibits in Missouri and Tennessee. Members of the THS have included survivors of the 1912 shipwreck, as well as members of their families.
According to a news release sent to 22News by the THS’s Chris Dougherty, Kamuda and other members of the society had assisted Dr. Robert Ballard with the discovery of the ill-fated ship’s wreck off Newfoundland in 1985. He also aided filmmaker James Cameron in his making of the 1997 film “Titanic.”
He and other members of the organization were also responsible for several books and documentaries on the disaster.
To allow mourners time to travel, calling hours for Kamuda will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, April 25 at the St. Pierre-Phaneuf Springfield Chapels on Chapin Terrace. A service will be held at the Titanic Historical Society at 7:00.
The following morning, there will be a brief service at the funeral home at 7:30 A.M., followed by a memorial Mass at St. Rose DeLima Church on Grattan Street in Chicopee at 9:30. He will be buried thereafter at Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield.
The ill-fated ship went down 102 years ago, on April 14, 1912.