Edmund J. Zmuda of Falmouth, who was known as “Mayor of Main Street,” died on May 21 at Royal of Cotuit Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Mashpee. He was 86.
He was the husband of Barbara A. (Erickson) Zmuda for 56 years.
Born in Fall River, he was the son of Joseph S. and Caroline (Pomprowicz) Zmuda. He was a 1950 graduate of Durfee High School.
He enlisted with the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1974. He also served in the Army Reserves from 1952 to 1974, rising to the rank of master sergeant. While on active duty, from 1968 to 1970, he was a correspondent for The Falmouth Enterprise.
Much of Mr. Zmuda’s working career was spent in men’s retail clothing. He started to work for the Empire Clothing firm when he was a senior in high school. He stayed with the Fall River store for 12 years before he was promoted to manager and given his own store at Falmouth Plaza, where he remained from 1962 to 1968.
Downtown on Main Street, Mr. Zmuda was proprietor of Fore Buoys for several years beginning in 1970, then worked for Issokson’s for four years starting in 1972, and finally Puritan Clothing (1976-1998), retiring as the Falmouth store manager.
He furthered his education in the field during his working years by studying marketing at Cape Cod Community College and receiving his associate’s degree in 1980. He was then invited back by the college president to teach marketing and taught for two years at CCCC.
During his retirement, Mr. Zmuda worked in the concession stand for the Cincinnati Reds Spring training facility in Florida. He also was the 2000 chairman of the Cape Cod Census and worked for 15 years part-time at the WHOI Exhibit Center and gift shop.
He was an Honorary Life Member of the Elks. For 52 years he belonged to the Falmouth Lodge of Elks, and held the positions of treasurer, chaplin, Exalted Ruler and District Deputy; for 15 years he was chairman of the Elks National Foundation.
Mr. Zmuda had also served as president of Falmouth Plaza Merchant’s Association, Falmouth Jr. Chamber of Commerce and the Falmouth Village Association, where he also received Manager of the Year and was dubbed the “Mayor of Main Street.”
He also enjoyed his membership with the Boy Scouts Troup 42 and Pack 41. He received the Baden Powell Service Award from the Cape Cod Council of Boy Scouts.
He was past commander of the Falmouth Disabled American Veterans Chapter 81.
Among his hobbies were golfing and bowling.
In addition to his wife, he leaves his children, Michael D. Zmuda of Falmouth, Laurie A. Murphy and her husband, Jay R. Murphy, of East Falmouth, Philip W. Zmuda and his wife, Su Zmuda, of Lacey, Washington, Joseph E. Zmuda of North Falmouth, and Eric S. Zmuda and his wife, Lisa Zmuda, also of North Falmouth; eight grandchildren; and other family.
Visiting hours will be Thursday, May 30, from 4 to 8 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
A funeral Mass will be said on Friday, May 31, at 9 AM in St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway.
Burial will follow at 11:15 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.