Tom Edwards, RIP

July 26, 2010

On Friday, July 23, 2010, local man Tom Edwards was killed in a traffic accident on the McClugage Bridge in Peoria, IL.   Mr. Edwards was 79 years old.

Mr. Edwards will most likely be described as an environmentalist, but he was much more than that.  At one period, he was a writer for the Peoria Journal Star.

Years ago he had several conversations with Monte about nature and man’s role in the world regarding the environment.  One time he stopped by Monte’s house in Banner, IL and spent time with Monte.   Monte was extremely humbled by the visit of a local journalist of Mr. Edwards’ stature and spoke of it many times.

Monte always had great respect and admiration for Mr. Edwards and was in awe of his steady, worthwhile and tireless advocacy for the environment. There is without a doubt, the one thing Monte and Mr. Edwards had in common was their deep, unmatched love of the natural world.

Monte would have been heartbroken to learn of Mr. Edwards’ passing.

Anyone fortunate to know Mr. Edwards knew him to be a charming and gracious person.  The natural world is worse with his loss.  Condolences to the family of Mr. Edwards and all those who knew him.

3 Responses to “Tom Edwards, RIP”

  1. rosh edwards said

    thank you for the kind words.
    Rosh Edwards

    • monteellis said

      You are very welcome for the kind words.

      Over the years Monte spoke very highly of his respect and admiration for Mr. Edwards and often of his great appreciation for his drive and constant environmental battles.

      Because of his own drive and love of nature, Monte also realized the type of battle Mr. Edwards waged every day when it came to nature and the environment and was amazed at his drive and strength, especially when he considered Mr. Edwards was his elder by ten years.

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