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Ed Kwas
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Birth: Jul. 7, 1939
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 9, 2008
Ellicott City
Howard County
Maryland, USA

the passing of Edward F. Kwas. After a hard-fought battle with cancer, Ed passed away on Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at 3:23 a.m., at his son's home in Ellicott City, Maryland. Ed celebrated his 69th birthday on July 7th.

Ed was a long-time legacy U.S. Customs Service employee who retired on January 3, 1998. He served in many senior level positions at Customs including: Assistant Commissioner of Information and Technology; Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Trade; Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Management; Senior Advisor for the Automated Commercial System (ACS); and Regional Commissioner of the Southeast and New York regions. He received many awards and honors during his distinguished tenure at Customs, including a Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service from President Clinton in 1996.

He was and is revered by former and current Customs and CBP employees. He was a visionary and a catalyst for change in many areas including: inspection and control; TECS; ACS; enforcement selectivity; information technology; strategic trade; performance measurement; interagency coordination, and other areas and CBP, today, still benefits from the fruits of his many efforts. He was truly one of the Customs icons and will be missed by so many.

Born and raised in New York City, he was a huge sports fan and an avid reader, particularly of history.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Ed's family: his wife, Ivy; his son Richard Kwas; daughter Lucille Cirillo (an OFO Public Affairs Liaison, in New York.); and their spouses, Julie Kwas and Jason Cirillo; as well as his little grandson, Alexander.

Memorial Service Information:

A memorial service will be held at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, MD on Monday, July 14th at 11 a.m.
The church address is:
3175 Paulskirk Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Saint Marks Cemetery
Howard County
Maryland, USA
Created by: Mike Bell
Record added: Jul 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28167213
Ed Kwas
Added by: Mike Bell
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Farewell Mr Kwas, I worked under you while I was in the Port of Newark, NJ. You were a good regional commisioner. Farewell
- Mike Bell
 Added: Jul. 10, 2008

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