John R. Edwards, 78, of Lehigh Acres, died Wednesday, May 22, 2013. He was born July 2, 1934, in England, a child of Edward and Louise Edwards.
He was in the service for two years with the British Army and later joined the Merchant Navy, where he got to see the world.
Later, he began a career in real estate. He worked in England, the Caribbean and Lee County for many years with the former Lehigh Corp.
He loved reading, traveling and being at the beach. His greatest pleasure was making people laugh.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruth Edwards; son, Daniel (Teresa) Edwards; sister, Ann Edwards; sisters-in-law, Helen Dahl and Margaret Zucco; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, George Edwards.
A celebration of life was held Sunday, May 26, 2013, at the Anderson-Patterson Funeral Home. A gathering of family and friends will also take place at a later date in Chicago.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in his memory to Hope Hospice of Lee County.