Marblehead, MA — F. William (Bill) Edwards, 80, died peacefully at the Kaplan House in Danvers early Saturday morning. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Cynthia (Bartlett) Edwards, with whom he had shared 57 years of marriage. Bill was born in Flushing, N.Y., and was the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Birkett) Edwards. He spent his early years in Montreal, Canada, before moving to Marblehead. He is a graduate of Marblehead High School, Class of 1952, where he was an All Star member of the hockey and baseball team. After graduation, he was married and joined the United States Air Force, and he was stationed in Paris, France. Mr. Edwards was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1957, and moved back to Marblehead to begin his family. He was member of the Philanthropic Lodge F.&A.M. Marblehead, past Exalted Ruler of the Marblehead Elks and past Commodore of the Boston Yacht Club. He loved his friends, skiing, boating, and a good cigar.
Most of all he looked forward to being with his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by two children, Scott Edwards and his wife, Kathleen, and Carl Edwards and his wife, Diane, all of Marblehead; four grandchildren, Billy, Jeffery, Jennie, and Kyle Edwards, all of Marblehead; brother-in-law, Jim Quillen of Marblehead; his brothers, Donald and Robert; his sister, Libby Ovitt; and all his great friends and neighbors on Summer Street. He was predeceased by his beloved sister, Barbara Pudvah.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m., February 13, at the Murphy Funeral Home, 85 Federal Street, Salem Mass.
A celebration of his life and a burial at sea will be held at the Boston Yacht Club this summer, with the date and time to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kaplan House, 78 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA 01923. For his guest book, or additional information, please call 781-631-8885, or visit www.murphyfuneral home.com.