In memory of

Neville Paul Eugene Edwards

August 27, 1957 -  October 4, 2022

Neville Paul Eugene Edwards, son of Ruby Pearl Edwards and Shirley Dacosta Edwards, was born in Jamaica, on August 27, 1957. It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Neville’s passing on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

During the last few weeks of his life, while he was at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, he was surrounded by family and friends, old and young. He was able to spend his final moments listening to good music and passing the peace with loved ones.

When he moved to Toronto from Jamaica at age nine, he quickly found his place (though he never quite got used to Canadian winters) among the East York community, joining many sports teams including baseball, basketball, and football. As an athlete, he relished in “rattling his opponents” and sports led him to Kent State (Ohio) to pursue his dreams of playing college football. He then chose to prioritize his studies by returning to play at Western University (Ontario). Neville was an educator, athlete, coach and actor who was very determined to reach his goals and took great pride in his accomplishments. He inspired many of those around him, including student athletes and colleagues, always leading by example.

Neville is survived by his three children: Jamaal (Terra), Kamila, and Rashan; and three grandchildren: Isaiah, Finn, and Adriana. His family will miss his quick wit, spontaneous music trivia, and movie nights. He was a treasured brother to his siblings, and a loved uncle to his nieces and nephews. The entire family is incredibly grateful to the staff on C-2 at Sunnybrook Hospital for their kindness and support.

A visitation will be held at Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre on Tuesday, October 11th beginning at 11am, followed by the memorial service at 1pm. A reception will be held at Astoria Shish Kebob House 390 Danforth Ave. (Chester and Danforth) after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Odette Cancer Centre and TDSB Centre of Excellence for Black Student Achievement (School:Toronto District School Board, Initiative: Centre for Excellence of Black Student Achievement).

“And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched... for nothing loved is ever lost, and he was loved so much.”


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Cathy Bone and Jim Short (Friend of his childrens mother)

Entered October 7, 2022 from Ladner, BC

Sending comfort to Jamaal, Kamila and Rashan,


Entered October 7, 2022 from Winnipeg

When I entered Grade 9 at Riverdale Collegiate in 1971, I had not played team sports. I gave basketball a try. I became his teammate on the Bantam Basketball team. I was awkward, but I was given the chance to play. I learned from him.

I occasionally saw Neville in later years when he taught at Eastern Commerce, usually when I entered the subway car and he left it, both of us going to work. At RCI's 2007 Reunion, I told Neville that I learned a lot playing basketball alongside him, especially when I became a Teacher, supervising elementary gym classes, or when I assisted with coaching my son's Soccer and Baseball teams. Of course, I recognized him in his TV and film appearances - especially when he played 1920s Toronto politician William Hubbard, like Neville and I, a son of the East End.

My deepest condolences to Neville's family and the RCI alums. Rest in Peace and God Be With You, until we meet again.

Melanie Tait & Peter Bangarth (Friends)

Entered October 7, 2022 from Orangeville

We are so sorry for your loss. Cancer is very cruel. We have learned from our own experiences that time does help. Although it never hurts less, it hurts less often.
Be kind to yourselves.

Junior Steele (Cousin-in-law)

Entered October 7, 2022 from Fresno, California, USA

Rest In Peace, until we meet again. Love you Neville

Ramona Sattaur (Colleague)

Entered October 7, 2022 from Toronto

I am so very sorry to hear of Neville’s passing. I will miss our inside Jamaican jokes and lots of laughter (not to mention his lunchtime soup). I wish I had had the chance to say goodbye. We at MPC have missed you and will always remember you fondly. All my best wishes to your wife and family. With love, Ramona Sattaur


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