Passed away peacefully on May 11, 2023 at the age of 71, Edwin Bartlett Richards. Predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Agnes (Luscombe), and Aunts Sylvia Kelsey, Marjorie Reid, and Daisy Scammell.
Leaving behind with fond memories brothers David (Lorraine) and nephews Jason and Brian, of Florida; Donald of Bareneed; special friends David Jones of Mount Pearl and Cathy Long of St. John’s; special cousin Kim Kelsey of Middleton, NS; and many other relatives and friends.
Edwin overcame several disabilities to lead a life of service to his church and community, and through employment, to the public service of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was an associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 56. He strongly believed in the importance of education to the advancement of society and donated his time and money to that cause. He loved music and song and was a longtime listener to VOWR, served on church choirs, and enjoyed playing the piano for residents at Cambridge Estates and Bishops Gardens when he resided there. Thank you to the doctors and nurses of 4 North A and the ER staff of the Health Sciences Centre who cared for Edwin. Thank you also to the staff members of Cambridge Estates, Bishops Gardens, and Caribou Memorial Veterans Pavilion who provided assistance to Edwin.
The family will receive visitors at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held from St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, 1 Westerland Road, on Monday, May 15 at 2 p.m. Interment to follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road. The funeral service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person with the link available on St. Augustine’s website.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Edwin’s memory may be made to VOWR, or St. Augustine’s Anglican Church.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
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St. Augustine's Anglican Church, 1 Westerland Road
Interment to follow in the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road.
So sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. Sincere condolences to Dave, Don and family.
Rest in peace, Eddie.
To Dave and Don and family. I was so sorry to hear of Eddie’s death. He and I reconnected in the past several years. We wrote to each other, and when I’d be in St. John’s we’d visit and eat a meal together. Eddie lead a life of service and kindness to his fellow humans. His endless positivity has made a mark on many! He will be missed. Wishing peace to ye at this time.
Sincere condolences to Edwin’s family. I worked with Edwin at the Dept of Health. He was a kind man who was very respectful of all. Rest in peace Edwin.
To Edwin’s Family:
Sincerest condolences on the loss of Edin.I remember him from the Confederation Building and the kindness showed to me when I firsts started with Government.
May he rest in peace.
So very sorry to learn of Edwin’s recent passing.. I worked with him for several years at the Department of Health. He was a joy to meet daily, always with a winning smile and a pleasant word for everyone. Sending sincere condolences to his family..
My deepest condolences to Edwin’s family. I had the privilege of working with Edwin at the Department of Health. He was a pleasure to work with and we shared many laughs during that time. Edwin will be sorely missed. Rest in pease my friend.
I was deeply saddened to hear of Edwin’s death, especially so because he loved life and made the best of every moment. He cherished so much – a simple conversation, a piece of music, a friendly smile. He exhibited a warmth and excitement whenever we reconnected ( which I am sure he did when he met anyone he knew ) and always took the time to ask about my family, especially my brother who ran the choir at the Long Side Club which he had participated in. His love for music was perhaps only overshadowed by his love of others., which is why he liked to share his talent so freely. He truly overcame the challenges of his condition and by his very being educated people about the ability within disability. He was generous, kind, welcoming, genuine, giving, appreciative and always had a smile that emanated who he was- a truly special person. Rest in Peace, my friend, may you sing with the angels.
My sincere condolences to Edwin’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Edwin at the Department of Health. Edwin always had a smile and made time for our chats.
I was so saddened to hear about Edwin’s passing today. I met Edwin a little less than two years ago at Bishops Gardens. My parents moved in at around the same time so I got to know Edwin well over time. We’ve had many chats – I made sure to say hi and have a little chat before I’d run up the stairs to visit my mom and dad… I have sweet videos of Edwin playing the piano for me at Bishops Gardens. He would ask me to record him. My dad and I thought a lot of Edwin. We really missed him when he eventually had to leave Bishops Gardens a while ago. My sincere condolences to all of Edwin’s family and friends. He was a gem .
To Edwin’s family my sincere condolences on his passing. I had the pleasure of working with Edwin up to his retirement from the Department of Health. Edwin was a dedicated hardworking individual may he rest in easy peace
Dave, Lorraine and family
We are sorry to read of Edwin’s passing. Please accept our sympathy upon your loss. We will visit with you at Carnell’s to express our sympathy in person.
Heidi and Dick Janes
My heart is aching knowing I will not see Edwin’s kind eyes and big smile again. I got to know Edwin while running a Pen Pal Program with Old School Intergenerational Projects at Cambridge Estates and Bishops Gardens. He was always so passionate, committed and willing to share his experiences and knowledge with the students. Myself and Claire absolutely adored Edwin. He participated in more of our programs as well and we loved to see him each time. If family are interested in having some of his written letters, we still have them and would be happy to send it along to you. Send us a message.
Edwin was the type of person that made the world a better place; I feel badly for people who never knew his kindness and warm voice. Condolences to family, friends and everyone who was lucky to know this wonderful man during his lifetime. A devastating loss for all.
Edwin, my friend. We will continue doing the important work we know you enjoyed and appreciated very much. You were one of our biggest supporters and it did not go unnoticed, we will be forever grateful to have known you. Rest easy.
First met Edwin when we worked in the Registry @ the Department of Health in the West Block of Confederation Building. Always a smile and a pleasure to have a conversation with.. He would always brighten my day with a chuckle or a funny pun. thoughts and prayers are with the family. Edwin, you have your wings now, dear friend. You truly deserve them!!!
Edwin’s family. Deepest sympathy on the passing of your brother Edwin, a kind, gentle, loving and christian gentleman. I first med Edwin back in the early 80s when he was a faithful member of the HUB. Edwin was such a joy to be around. His positive attitude and outgoing personality would always bring a smile to others. I remember the fun time I had at his wedding to Beth, unfortunately also deceased. It was a pleasure every time I met him. When I would see Edwin, as well as Cathy, it brightened up my day. What wonderful chats we would have. The world would be a much better place if we had more like Edwin. He loved unconditionally and always gave of himself. Know he will be truly missed. May Edwin’s gentle soul rest peacefully in the loving arms of our Savior. Until we meet again Edwin my friend, rest in peace and love.,