Edward Matthew Kmiec

January 23, 1917February 11, 2013

Mr. Edward Kmiec age 96 passed away on February 11th, 2013 with his family at his side. He was born in Chicago, Il. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed and was attending church at the time. He served 23 years in the Navy including time in WWII, Pacific Theater, Korean War, and Vietnam. He was predeceased by his wife Hilda Camille Kmiec and grandson Danny Griffin. He is survived by his daughter Jo Griffin, son –in –law Bob Griffin, granddaughter Alex Griffin, brother Chester Kmiec, brother and sister –in-law Bill and Edith Anderson, many nieces and nephews and his dear friend Doris Owens. He called himself the Polish Prince and he was a faithful member of the Polish American Club. He was a member of many clubs of which he was proud and he was a proud American. Visitation with the family will be Monday February 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Murray Hill Baptist Church 4300 Post Street Jacksonville, Florida 32205, followed by his Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. The family has requested that memorial donations be made to The Polish American Club.


  • Visitation Monday, February 18, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, February 18, 2013

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Diane Turner-Sojer

October 17, 2013

To the Kmiec family: I never met this wonderful, special man, but feel like I knew him from my son, Jake, who was one of his care-givers at Great Lakes. Jake spoke of a sweet soul who lifted his living environment with singing! What an awesome way to lift people up! I am honored, as well as my son is, to have "known" Mr. Kmiec and we thank him for his sacrifice in serving our nation! Our family, like yours, is of Polish descent; another small connection to this special man that your family has been blessed to call him husband, father, brother, grandpa, etc. He is finally in his eternal glory, experiencing all the blessings he deserves. God bless your family and God bless Mr. Kmiec. In sympathy and friendship, Diane Turner-Sojer

Chester Kmiec

February 23, 2013

I miss my little brother who always out weighed me. He always placed me number one and we always enjoyed life together. Al though I stayed up here in the snow, he found a warm weather and friendships in Florida. Here at Great Lakes Navel Training Station, he was the Honor Seaman of his class. What a thrill to see my little brother achieve that. I was always proud of his service to our nation. Edwards "older brother", Chester Kmiec

Richard Bernard

February 19, 2013

Sir Knight Edward W Kmiec
May He Rest In Peace!

Betty, Sandra,Debra The Sawley Family

February 18, 2013

To all of Ed's family.
We will truly miss our Shipmate, but we have so many wonderful memories, as I'm sure you do also.
I'm sure Ed and our Dad Sawley are trying to get all kind of organizations started. And having lots of fun.
Thank You for sharing him with us. He will surly be missed.
We love you Ed??

Bill Taylor Chuck Adam

February 18, 2013

Ed's family - Jo, Bob, Danny and Alex - were our family, and for that, we're grateful to Ed for having shared them with us. Ed was a bridge to the past, with his Pearl Harbor service having enhanced our frequent trips to Hawaii, his stories in our minds as we went to the Missouri and Arizona there. That personal history, his humor and zest for life will all stay sith us. All our love.

February 17, 2013

Thanks for all the beautiful memories of the Monday night dances You will always be in my heart Bobbie

Jerry Sinclair

February 17, 2013

Another fellow football referee now meets his "Crew Chief" at the Heavenly gates. Many a life has been touched by this proud American. God bless the family of Ed Kmiec.

February 17, 2013

May the family find comfort in the memories. Keeping in mind the Scriptural hope of everlasting life can help to sustain us during difficult times (John 17:3)

February 17, 2013

Mr Ed: A gentleman always. We only knew you a short time, but because of your endearing ways we grew to love you quickly. Rest in peace, Mr. Ed in the arms of Jesus.
Bill and Marcey Suelzner

Judith "Judy" Largent

February 17, 2013

Ed was a dear friend both thru the Polish American club and AARP Chapter #4098. He never ceased trying to get me back to dancing even though I can no longer dance. I enjoyed his stories and wit. Judy Largent