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John W. Edwards

Obituary for John W. Edwards

October 16, 2016
Hanson, Massachusetts


John W. Edwards, 77 of Hanson died on October 16, 2016 after a tragic motor vehicle accident. He was born in Joplin, Missouri son of John E. and Georgia Lucille (Sexton) Edwards and was raised and educated there. He was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Navy achieving the rank of Sargent First Class (SFC)E-7 and also served after his discharge in the Army National Guard. He was a member of the VFW Post #697, Whitman, MA advocating veteran's affairs. He was a volunteer member of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station of the NADU Museum. John was a lifetime member of Harley Owners Group, a memberof South Shore HOG and recently the veteran's liaison for the club. He was also a member of the First Congregational Church of Hanson, MA.

He had been employed for 28 years as a printer at Halliday Lithograph Co. in Hanover prior to his retirement. After retiring he provided many years of transportation services to Plymouth Color, Bill's Taxi Service, Drummond Transportation, and Creative Extrusions and Technologies. John was a "motorcycle enthusiast" and they traveled across country numerous times. John and Lorraine enjoyed gardening and their vegetable gardens were a source of pride for them and John inspired others by helping to create gardens for them. He was a devoted family man and a caring neighbor.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine A. (Munro) Edwards and his children, John W. Edwards II of Orange Park, FL, Wayne H. & Karen L. Edwards of Liberty Township, OH, Andrew J. & Robin D. Edwards of Hanson and Christine L. & Henry J., Jr. Moniz of Halifax. He was brother of the late Franklin Edwards, Melvin Edwards, Everett Edwards, Iris Sue Ernest, Patricia Holbrook, Peggy Sadler, Dorothy McCarn, andBennie Gagon. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Services at the First Congregational Church in Hanson will be at a later date.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the First Congregational Church, 639 High Street, Hanson, MA 02341, the VFW Post #697, 95 Essex Street, Whitman, MA 02382 or the VFW Post #534, 110 E. Veterans Way, Joplin, MO 64801.

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the First Congregational Church of Hanson at 11:00 AM. Burial with military honors will follow in Fern Hill Cemetery. The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home of Rockland is honored to be assisting the family. To share a memory or to leave a message of condolence on his "Tributes" page, visit

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