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Richard "Dick" Edson

Richard "Dick" Edson

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May 26, 2014
I Just Learned Of The Passing Of Dick Edson ( 7 months late on May 16, 2014 ) - I Don't Think It's Too Late To Express My Condolences To His Family And To Say A Few Words About What He Meant To Me / Even Though He Was Never My Teacher or My Coach / In 1969-70 I was The Best Runner In Volusia County In Cross Country, The Mile and 2 mile Runs / The 1st Black Runner To ever Beat ALL Of Dick Edson's Runners In All 3 Events / I Ran For Mainland - I Was Successful Because Of My Sheer Desire & Determination - But I Didn't Have Anyone To Properly Train Me / I Had The Ability And Desire To Be The Best / All Of My Life I Have Felt I Got DEPRIVED Out Of Being A STATE CHAMPION - Because I Didn't Have DICK EDSON As My Coach / I'm A Proud 'MAINLAND BUC' but I Also Proudly Wear A Seabreeze Sandcrab Shirt To Occasionally Remind Me Of The STATE CHAMPION I Would Have Been If Only DICK EDSON Had Been My Coach / To Prove My Point I Also Attended The Univ of FL - Set A School Record In The Marathon and Made NCAA History / and Lastly I Will Always Appreciate The Kind Words Dick Edson Spoke To The News Journal In 2008 about His Memories Of My 40 years of Participation In THE EASTER BEACH RUN / For Me To Be Vividly Remembered By TWO Outstanding Individuals The Stature Of JIMMY CARNES In GAINESVILLE and DICK EDSON in DAYTONA BEACH - IS SPECIAL!
November 13, 2013
Coach Edson was a funny, smart and caring individual. He knew your potential and worked hard to move you beyond it. Because he knew your potential, he made it impossible to perform below it whether in Track or Cross Country or in the classroom. He was frequently a person of few words and accomplished more change and motivation simply with a look.

I enjoyed his wry wit and sense of humor. He constantly poked the swimmers and divers and asked them why they weren't participating in "real" sports like Track or Cross Country. Mr. Edson and Don Staller proved the formidable opponents in most aspects of high school student's life. I always enjoyed their mental gymnastics as to whether Music or Mathematics was the universal language. Neither one ever budged from their own perspective.

I believe that I am a better person and achieved more in life as a result of the influence, motivation and moral compass that Coach Edson provided a young high school student and athlete. He will be missed.
November 08, 2013
It's taken me a while to write a note of condolence on the passing of this wonderful man/teacher, because I can't possibly do him justice - and I don't believe I've seen him since high school graduation in '72. It's obvious from reading the comments of others that he had the same impact on many that he had on me, and I can only "ditto" much of what has been said. He was a fabulous teacher who made me love math, someone who commanded the great respect of usually disrespectful teenagers with his gentle humor and wit that was never unkind. He was tough, funny, nurturing, inspiring and we knew he genuinely cared about us, his students. He is my all time favorite teacher. I was honored when he asked Alison DeWalt and me to serve as track team statisticians during our senior year. I still remember the mortification I felt at "the look" he gave me several times in his classroom when I disappointed him with my behavior, because I respected his character so much and wanted his approval. I remember attending his wedding to his beloved Bettyanne and was so thrilled for them and touched by the example of their marriage. (I kept the N-J wedding announcement, a napkin with "Dick and Bettyanne October 16, 1971" and a thank you note in my senior year scrapbook.) I also remember him confounding me/us in class with his logic that "Trees cause wind" and not being able to disprove him. It was a privilege to know him. And now, from the perspective of one approaching 60(!) I know he is one that has heard, "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Master."
November 05, 2013
Coach Edson encouraged me and gave me attention when he could have been focusing on the much more talented members of the cross-country team. He earned my utmost respect as a caring and talented coach. He taught me self-discipline in my training, to try harder, to never quit. I credit Coach Edson for the fact that I am still running, sometimes even on the same beach. Michael Jones, Class of 1975.
November 02, 2013
You never forget one of the good guys and best teacher. RIP Mr Edson. SB "76"
October 16, 2013
Thank you for being in our lives. May you rest in peace
And keep watch over your family.
October 16, 2013
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
October 16, 2013
Betty and Jeep my heart breaks for you both. Dick's strength, integrity, compassion and faith left quite an impression on us growing up. His acceptance, compassion and witty way made him so approachable. He is missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
October 15, 2013
As a Seabreeze graduate, I was fortunate enough to call Mr. Edson "my teacher". It was a joy to attend his class & with his son, Jeep, no less. My thoughts & prayers go out to Mrs. Edson, Jeep, and the rest of the family.
October 14, 2013
i will always love you dad. you taught me how to be a man and father. i miss you greatly.

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