SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Eric David John Edwards, 68, of Cape May, N.J. and formerly of Southwest Harbor, passed away peacefully Sept. 30, 2009 at the North Cape May Center after a short battle with lung cancer.
Born in Lutterworth England, he spent 12 years in the Royal Navy as a warrant officer on board diesel submarines. In the early 1970s Eric became a U.S. citizen after living in Rockland, Maine and Southwest Harbor, Maine where he worked in the shipyard industry, and owned the Southwest Boat Yard. He had also lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In the late 1980s he moved to Pompton Plains where he met his wife, Edythe, who he married in 1991. Eric was a member of Maine Chamber of Commerce, and the Maine Jaycees where he served as president in 1972-73. After moving to Pompton Plains he continued his public service through organizations like the Consistory of the First Reformed Church, the Pequannock Township Board of Adjustment, and the Republican Club. Eric retired in 2001 and moved to Cape May, where he joined the Kiwanis Club and the Cape May National Golf Club.
His passions were many including sailing, flying, playing golf, traveling and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Eric leaves behind his beloved wife, Edythe; his son Robert Edwards, his wife Celeste and children Julia Rae and Liana Reese of Gorham, Maine; his daughter Heather Lewis, her husband Troy and children Emily and Nicholas of Mount Desert, Maine; his daughter Erica Gitin and children Katie and Alexander of Bloomingdale N.J.; his stepdaughter Barbara Keyser, her husband Wayne and children Hank and Calvin of Montgomeryville, Penn.; and his stepson Robert Thompson, his wife Deborah and children Libby and Ally of Monument, Colo.; along with cousins and family in England.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009. Donations in Eric’s memory can made to The American Cancer Society.