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Ms. Darline M. St. Martin

Edward Tanski, a life-long resident of Easthampton, who passed away on September 24, 1996, was a very active member of the community. Because of his dedication and commitment to helping those in need, in particular those pursuing higher education, a scholarship has been set-up in his name. Ed’s involvement in many organizations through the years demonstrates his commitment to helping. Ed was director of the Easthampton Housing Authority before his retirement in March 1996. He was committed to the elderly population of Easthampton, whom he represented well through the Housing Authority. Ed’s many civic duties included involvement with the Easthampton Community Center, not only as a member, but also as chairman and treasurer. He was once a director of the Easthampton Chamber of Commerce, and he attended many Chamber events until his death. Ed was also very involved with the American Legion Post 224 of Easthampton, serving as both secretary and master of ceremonies at many community events. He was a member of the Easthampton Finance Committee and a member of the Easthampton Public Library Association Board of Directors. As an avid reader; the library was a very important entity to him and he worked endlessly to assure access to all. He was also a long-time member of Town Meeting, and served as the town moderator. Through his involvement in politics Ed saw the Democratic Party become stronger. He was a member of the Easthampton Democratic Town Committee, and served as chairman for many years. He was also a member of the Hampshire Democratic Committee, and the Social Democrats U.S.A. Ed’s involvement with the town wasn’t all political. He was also a corporator and longtime secretary of the Easthampton Rod and Gun Club and a corporator of the Pulaski Club in Easthampton. Ed served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and helped to form the Easthampton Veterans Council. He was also a member of the Easthampton School Advisory Task Force. Ed believed that not all learning came from books, but rather through involvement in extracurricular activities. He was instrumental in resurrecting the Easthampton High School Band, which had been non-existent for a number of years.

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Ms. St. Martin