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Kevin Patrick Edmonds

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Kevin Patrick Edmonds died peacefully in his sleep in the early morning of April 10 in his home in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Born January 31, 1961, in Darby, Pennsylvania, he was 51 years old. He graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School in 1978 and was a 1984 graduate of Fairfield University with a BA in Fine Arts. Kevin loved people. His ability to encourage and inspire those around him was a hallmark of his friendship and the cornerstone of his professional success. He had a great gift for being an exuberant and fun-loving companion and yet he was comfortable bringing the deeper issues of life to light. He worked for the last decade of his life as a sales trainer in the pharmaceutical industry, spending many happy years at Quantum Learning on State Street in Newtown, later founding his own training company, Waypoint Associates. He was an adventurer. He was fearless. An avid snowboarder, sailor, and outdoorsman, he was ever ready to plummet down a Colorado mountain or captain a sailboat on the many trips he took to the British Virgin Islands. His heroic battle with pancreatic cancer only caused him to embrace his life with redoubled passion and exuberance. He lived large, and enriched his limited time with an inspiring and deep-spirited generosity. He will be remembered by many as driving his navy 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible in hometown parades, turning up the volume at spur-of-the-moment, overflowing house parties, and playing guitar at the Temperance House in his Love Illuminati "A Love for Life" t-shirt. After snowstorms, he could be seen flying down the street on his snowboard, towed by his beloved dog, Lucy. In the past few years he took his family to Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Slovakia, and Croatia, exploring castles, hacky-sacking in ancient courtyards, and documenting these travels (and Avalon, New Jersey summers) with his trusty camera. Kevin served as treasurer of the Newtown Library Company and on the Historical Architectural Review Board. He was posthumously pronounced Honorary Mayor of Newtown. Though we will always miss him, we will try to lessen our loss by cultivating the most positive qualities in ourselves and discovering the very best in each other and in every situation, as he did. We will remember him always and smile. Kevin is survived by his parents, Joan F. (ne Bell) and Patrick G. Edmonds; his wife, Christine (ne Sweeney); his children, K. Harrison and Adrienne. He was the brother of Christopher (Mary) Edmonds, Patrick (Laura) Edmonds, Kathryn (Jon) Schafer, and Brian (Amber) Edmonds. Dear uncle of Christopher, Kaitlyn, Sean, Thomas, Griffin, Ava, and a newborn baby nephew. He is predeceased by his sister Nora Edmonds, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on May 20, 2009. A memorial celebration was held at Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home on Friday evening and a funeral mass was celebrated at the Church of St. Andrew on Saturday. Interment followed at Newtown Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Kevin's name may be sent to Fund A Cure for Pancreatic Cancer, 14 Periwinkle Pl., Newtown, PA 18940-9225.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Apr. 18, 2012
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