In Memoriam: Harry Edwards

In Memoriam: Harry Edwards
Harry Edwards | April 2, 1942 - August 13, 2022

April 2, 1942 – August 13, 2022

Harry Edwards passed away peacefully at his home overlooking the St. John’s River on August 13, 2022 at age 80.  He was born on April 2, 1942. He was the oldest of three children born to Harry and Madge Edwards. 

Harry was a lifelong resident of  Jacksonville, Florida.  His mother grew up in Callahan, Florida with 13 brothers and sisters and his father in Starke, Florida with 8 brothers and sisters.  Harry had many aunts, uncles and cousins in Jacksonville and the surrounding area, making a wonderful large family.

Harry attended Jackson High School and graduated from Ribault High School in 1960.  He was a born leader and was President of his senior class. He was an excellent student and athlete.  He played quarterback on the football team.

He continued his education at Palmer Chiropractic College. Upon returning to Jacksonville he opened Edward’s Chiropractic Office where he practiced for over 40 years until his retirement.  His brother Dr. Dave Edwards joined the practice and they made a great pair.

Harry’s life was full.  He truly was a Renaissance man. He was an avid runner…he completed 25 Marathons, including Boston, New York, Montreal, Marine Corps, and most of the River Runs.  He was a member of Timuquana Country Club and enjoyed playing golf.  He built his own home on the St. John’s River where he had a beautiful bountiful garden and a Koi Pond. When he wasn’t running or golfing you could find him in his garden with his dogs Katie and Lucy. He loved to cook and in his early career was involved in the ownership of several restaurants.  He enjoyed spending time at the family condo at the beach and at their home in Maine.   Harry was a very generous person who loved sharing these homes with his friends and family.

Harry is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Linda, his daughter Gayle Hemmingway Runion, (John), his sister Carol Clark (Irv) and brother, Dave Edwards (Diane) and sister-in-law Wendy Timberlake (Edgar).  He had many wonderful nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.  Harry was a father figure and mentor to many young men including Kevin, his cousin, and for the last 20 years, Davor Begic and Vedad Begic, who are like part of the family.  

The funeral will be at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Fl. on September 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.  with burial and greeting at the church following the service. Hardage-Giddens, The Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida.

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