Henry A. Mund Jr., a former East Hampton Town councilman and executive assistant to former New York State Assemblyman, Speaker, and minority leader Perry Duryea, died on May 5 at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood, Del. He was 87 and had moved from East Hampton to Lewes, Del., in 2010.
Mr. Mund “never met a stranger,” his family said, and “could run into people he knew in whatever country or state he happened to be in.” He enjoyed boats, the sea, sunsets, sunrises, and most of all, besides his family, friends. He was a man who enjoyed people and life to its fullest — a “father, husband, soldier, statesman, and connoisseur,” family members said.
He is survived by three children of whom he was very proud, Henry A. Mund III of Alna, Me., Kate L. Mund of Amagansett, and Lauren L. Mund of Lewes. Three grandchildren also survive.
His wife of 62 years, Alice Mund, died shortly before her husband, in March.
Mr. Mund was born in Forest Hills, Queens, on Sept. 30, 1925, the son of Edna Mund and Henry A. Mund Sr. During World War II, Mr. Mund served as a staff sergeant in the infantry in the European theater from 1943 to 1946. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of what is called the Greatest Generation. Of that title, Mr. Mund had said, “I was getting drafted, and I fought like hell just to stay alive. There was not a damn thing great about it.”
He graduated from Syracuse University in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and sociology, and studied sociology for a year at New York University’s graduate school.
Mr. Mund worked in the political arena for a good portion of his life during the 1960s and 1970s — in Albany for Mr. Duryea, and as a member of the East Hampton Town Board. He believed in the rights of the people and in effecting action in government.
He served as the senior vice president and Long Island regional director of New York State’s Empire State Development Corporation and, in the private sector, was vice president for marketing and business development at Greenman-Pedersen, an engineering and construction services firm.
A graveside service for both Mr. Mund and his wife will be held at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton at 1 p.m. on June 15. It will be followed by two receptions — an afternoon tea at the Ladies Village Improvement Society in East Hampton, where Mrs. Mund was a key volunteer, and a 5 to 6 p.m. happy hour at the American Hotel in Sag Harbor, which Mr. Mund liked to frequent.
Memorial donations have been suggested to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in care of P.O. Box 305, Calverton 11933, or to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, at 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, La. 70130.