Dad's Favorite portrait
Ward Emil Edwards
  • 88 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 19, 1925
  • Place of birth:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
  • Date of passing: Nov 3, 2013
In memory of my father, Ward Edwards

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Ward Edwards, 88, born on January 19, 1925 and passed away on November 3, 2013 surrounded by his family. We will remember him forever.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to North Memorial Hospital’s Safe Journey program, The Cookie Cart Teen Training Program, or donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank all the staff at North Memorial, Presbyterian Homes , Park Nicollet Methodist Hospice and our caregiver Florence (a true angel) for their dedication and caring which helped to make Ward’s last days comfortable and peaceful.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by michael burke on 3rd November 2016

"Ward was such a giving man... When I had met him at North Memorial I watched as he was involved in the United Way campaign raising as much $200,000 annually, The Employee Resource Council Halloween for kids event, raising money for the organization such as our guest house, Highway Clean up!! Anyone that knew Ward knows that he consistently made a positive impact on community, family and friends. These are just a few words of remembrance, they are also the reasons I miss my friend so much. I know based on how he lived his life he is resting peacefully with God. Take care my friend, I hope some day to see you again. Michael."

This tribute was added by Laurie Edwards on 3rd November 2015

"Blessing The Boats
by Lucille Clifton

May the tide that is entering even now the lip of our understanding
Carry you out beyond the face of fear
May you kiss the wind then turn from it
Certain that it will
Love you back.  May you
Open your eyes to water
Water waving forever
And may you in your innocence
Sail through this to that"

This tribute was added by Laurie Edwards on 19th January 2015

"Happy 90th Dad.  I think about you every day and miss you very much. Thought about you and missed you when we were skating this Christmas."

This tribute was added by michael burke on 19th January 2015

"Hey Ward, you are still in my thoughts and always will. You were a good, kind man who made a positive difference in this world. For that I miss you so much! Take care, LOL Michael Burke....."

This tribute was added by Scott Edwards on 3rd November 2014

"Miss you Papa. I think about you all the time."

This tribute was added by Florence Austin on 19th January 2014

"Happy Birthday Papa, may your gentle soul rest in peace. Amen"

This tribute was added by Scott Edwards on 19th January 2014

"Happy Birthday Papa! We are all thinking about you and missing you very much.
Walk in Beauty."

This tribute was added by Laurie Edwards on 19th January 2014

"Happy Happy Birthday Dad!  I hope you are sailing somewhere fabulous, or skating across a vast lake, or playing hockey, or iceboating, or eating a great apple pie!  We love you so much and miss you so much."

This tribute was added by michael burke on 19th November 2013

"To all: I had the opportunity to work side by side with Ward at North Memorial for many, many years. Just mentioning his name brings up memories such as cleaning up the highway, employee resource council, safe halloween haunted house for kids, United Way, food shelf just to name a few... Growing up he was inspirational to me because he truly gave back to the community! My wife Carol-lynne & I will miss him dearly."

This tribute was added by Florence Austin on 16th November 2013

"I had the pleasure of being Mr Edwards caregiver for a short period, but his kind soul made it feel like I knew him longer. It was a great pleasure meeting his wonderful family who all made me feel at home.I truly enjoyed working with Mr. Edwards, I am blessed and honored to have been a small part of his life. Papa, you will be missed!"

This tribute was added by Laurie Edwards on 9th November 2013

"Then there was "the lake" -a destination in itself-An adventure every time-my father's favorite place and now mine-Lake Minnetonka-"Big Waters" in the Sioux language…"There is room to breathe, there is a realness of place.  The seasons are extreme, but they pass and return,  and the world seems far steadier than it does from the vantage point of a coastal city." (C. Sittenfield)"

This tribute was added by Becky Stover on 9th November 2013

"Ward made Deaconess seem like a family-not a work place. He provided R&R for us student nurses with a fun filled day skiing at Trollhaugen- lessons included and our times on a Dr's. Yacht and picnics on Lake Minnetonka.  He was my excellent boss as a referral nurse in the community and took time to visit me after my first baby was born. I was able to take care of him in ICU. A special man."

This tribute was added by Jane Grudt on 8th November 2013

"After retirement, he continued to attend the annual LDH Alumni & Friends luncheons, with deep devotion to the LDH family.  He was truly one who reflected the meaning of the plaque under the marble statue of Christ in the LDH lobby:  “At His Feet”.  - LDH Alumni Board of Directors"

This tribute was added by Jane Grudt on 8th November 2013

"In 1960 Mr. Ward Edwards became the Administrator of Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Minneapolis following the retirement of Sister Anna Bergland.  His humble and gracious spirit radiated as he skillfully carried on the hospital leadership that had been in the care of Deaconesses until then.  He treated every nursing student and employee with an unusual amount of appreciation and respect."

This tribute was added by martha gisselquist on 8th November 2013

"Mr. Edwards treated us Deaconess students so well!  He took us to Trollhaugen skiing; he took us to Lake Minnetonka for picnics; he was an excellent administrator and friend.  Blessed be his memory!"

This tribute was added by Robbin Shumway on 8th November 2013

"I am so sorry for your loss.  I was on the Employee Resource Council at North Memorial with Ward and we became good friends.  I will so miss him telling me stories about his life.  I will always hold a special place in my heart for him."

This tribute was added by Linda Hampton on 6th November 2013

"Ward was a wonderful man to work with in the Marketing Dept. of NMMC.  He will be missed!"


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This memorial is administered by:

Laurie Edwards
Terrie Pitts
Scott Edwards

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