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.”
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Centres