Robert M. Edwards, age 80, of Johnstown, passed away on Monday, September 3, 2012, at the Wells Nursing Home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on August 12, 1932, in Binghamton, the son of the late Frank M. Edwards, D.D.S. and Norma R. Crocker Edwards.
Robert was a graduate of Binghamton Central High School and Harpur College. He also attended St. Bonaventure University and Drew University. Mr. Edwards then honorably served his country in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant during Korean War from 1953 to 1955 and also served in the New York State Guard 42nd Internal Security Battalion from 1958 to 1972, obtaining the rank of captain before being honorably discharged.
He was a career accountant, working for various companies such as the accountant firm of Kenneth R. Hancock, Coopers & Lybrand, the Squibb Corporation, Beech-Nut, Coleco Corporation, Johnstown Hospital, Scotia Marine and lastly as a field agent with Knights of Columbus, retiring in 1996. Up to the time of his passing, Robert operated as a part-time tax accountant.
"Bob" was of the Catholic faith, a communicant and usher at the former St. Anthony's Church in Johnstown. He was a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, Fraternal Field Managers Association, Hospital Financial Management Association and the Two Million Club of the National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors. Mr. Edwards was also member of Loyal Order of Moose, Johnstown, Broadalbin Knights of Columbus, Council 7629 and St. Rene Goupil General Assembly 1427. Robert was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. "Bob" was a cub master and scout master with Boy Scout Troop 104, of Johnstown. He enjoyed camping and was an avid fisherman. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Survivors include: his wife, Georgiana S. Heagle Edwards, whom he married on August 25, 1984; one son, Robert "Mike" Edwards and his wife, Paula of Johnstown; one daughter, Evelyn L. Edwards of Johnstown; two grandchildren, Justin M. Edwards and Ashley M. Edwards; and several cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one son, Edward A. Elphee, who passed on September 14, 2011.
A Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher St., Johnstown. The Rev. Thomas Morrette will be the celebrant. Friends and family may call prior to the funeral service from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert's memory to the St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo, N.Y. 14214.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.barterdonnan.com.