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Edwin D. Duma, former Lackawanna firefighter

May 12, 1933 – Jan. 11, 2017

Edwin D. “Buddy” Duma, a retired Lackawanna firefighter and an optical equipment inspector, died last Wednesday in Mercy Hospital after suffering from congestive heart failure. He was 83.

A Lackawanna resident, he graduated from Lackawanna High School and served in the Army in Germany during the Korean War, attaining the rank of corporal. He earned a degree from the RCA Institute of Broadcasting for radio and television.

Mr. Duma went to work for American Optical, now Leica, and was an optical equipment inspector. He retired in the early 1990s.

He also worked a second job as a Lackawanna firefighter for 24 years, retiring in the late 1980s.

He served several terms as commander of both J. B. Weber Post 898, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Matthew Glab Post 1477, American Legion.

He was a lifelong sportsman and hunter and member of the Lackawanna Patriots Club. He donated more than 60 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Lorraine Ras; two sons, Paul Fisher and Eric; two daughters, Sheila Kwiatkowski and Julie Ann; a brother, Ernest; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Monday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.

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