SKANEATELES — John Irving Edwards passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Born in Syracuse, on May 20, 1933, John was a lifelong resident of Skaneateles, graduating in the class of 1951. After completing a degree in architectural drafting, he served in the Army and played in the 266th Army Band at Fort Hood, Texas. Upon his return he resumed his position at the Skaneateles Supply Company, becoming a co-owner after several years. Later, his expertise and talent for connecting with people led him to a successful sales career.
John married the love of his life, Shirley Mason, in 1955, and together they chose the lot on which John built the family home that has been their residence ever since. John had many talents and interests, including building, which he learned from his father, cooking, community service and travel.
John loved engaging with people everywhere he went, and he had a heart for service to his community. He volunteered for many years as an EMT, and later as a driver for SAVES. He also drove for the Laker Limo. John served on the vestry and sang in the choir at St. James Episcopal Church, where he was a lifelong member. He was a past master of the Masonic Lodge.
For John music was a lifelong pleasure and avocation. He started playing the tuba in 7th grade. The next year, he became a member of the Auburn Civic Band, a position he held for 71 years. He also played in the Auburn Chamber Orchestra for many years and the Skaneateles Community Band from its inception.
John is survived by his four children, Kim Edwards (Thomas Clayton), John Edwards (Cindy), Mark Teasdale-Edwards (Katherine), and Amy Wenner (James); as well as by 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; also by his sisters, Rena Pasternak, Nora Brown and Nancy Smith.
He was predeceased by his brother, Herb Edwards.
The family is grateful for the excellent care John received at St. Joseph’s Hospital, with special thanks to the nurses and to Dr. Nishith Amin.
A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, in St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Skaneateles.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. James Episcopal Church.
Condolences may be left at www.robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.