WILLIAM H EDWARDS
Remembering happier times at Bethany & Luke's wedding
William H Edwards, 65, passed away in August surrounded by family after a long battle with bladder cancer. Recently moved to the Chicago area, he and his wife of over forty years, Susan V Edwards, previously lived in northern Virginia, London, UK and for twenty years in Massachusetts. His work as an engineer for Bechtel Corporation resulted in extensive opportunities on transportation projects such as the Dulles Rail Extension in VA, the London Underground Project and the "Big Dig" in Boston, MA. His extensive career developed within project controls where he began in field/cost scheduling, advanced into mega-project service and corporate teaching to assist tomorrow's leaders.
"Willo" as he was known by family, hometown and college friends, was born in Lima, Ohio, son of Judson Robert Edwards and Mary Mackenzie Edwards who are deceased. He graduated from Lima Central Catholic High school in 1969 then attended the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana where he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1973. His first job upon graduation was with Stone & Webster Engineering Corporation in 1973 where he met his wife. They were later married in 1975 on a very rainy Saturday in October. The inclement weather subsequently postponed the sixth game of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds making both families and friends sigh with relief.
Bill was an avid sports spectator of mostly Boston teams and Notre Dame, played golf when possible, enjoyed reading mystery novels and spending time with his granddaughter. He and his wife traveled extensively in the UK, Europe and Northern Africa while living abroad.
Additional family members include his oldest daughter Bethany Alberts, son-in-law Luke Alberts and granddaughter Julianna of Oak park, IL, his youngest daughter Melissa Edwards and her fiance, Mark Ring of Gravesend, Kent in the UK, his sister Anne Edwards of Lima, Ohio, brother Robert Edwards of Dayton, Ohio and deceased brother Tom Edwards. Three nieces, two grand-nieces and one grand-nephew were also special to him including brother-in-law William Verrelli of Massachusetts.
Future memorial services will be held in Ohio in November and in Massachusetts this October.
Please send any donations to Loyola Medicine Hospice, 701 West North Avenue, Melrose Park, IL 60160 Attention: Jackie Kareb.
Bill's journey through Life
touched me in so many ways
Our meals together
Golf and sports viewing
I am richer for it all
Journey on Bill