TILTON -Michael Allen Edwards, 45, of 846 Laconia Road, died in Laconia on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.
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Mike was born March 30, 1967, to Kathleen (Halnon) Edwards and Allen Edwards in Haverhill, Mass. Mike was raised from the age of nine by his mom and his stepfather, Stephen W. Lord.
Mike attended Belmont schools where he was a class officer, participated in most sports and played a major role in the school production of "The Wizard of Oz," playing the Scarecrow.
Mike entered the U.S. Air Force out of high school and upon completion of his tour of duties, he attended Embry Riddle University, achieving a degree in aeronautical science.
Michael married Phyllis Lonergan from Tilton, and had a daughter, Mikaela Rae. They remained in Florida where Mike worked as a flight instructor before returning to New Hampshire to his beloved lakes and mountains.
Mike worked in the auto business in New Hampshire for about 20 years. He later married Dana Hedlund and they continued to live in New Hampshire.
Mike liked to call himself "the dog whisperer" and would play for hours with his four-footed friends, JD, his beloved Choko and his new follower, Meme. He enjoyed boating and swimming in lakes Winnisquam and Winnipesaukee, bringing Mikaela for rides in the country on his motorcycle, snowmobiling in Pittsburg and was passionate about fishing the Connecticut River and Indian Stream. He provided many laughs this summer with his story of fishing in a kayak, wearing his waders in Moose Pond. His daughter loved to fish with him and Choko. He was a huge fan of the New England Patriots. Mike was zany and full of fun.
Many thanks to his Facebook friends for the many prayers and kind words. It is a comfort for all of us. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Michael is survived by his daughter, Mikaela Edwards, studying marine biology at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and her mother, Phyllis Lonergan Edwards; his mother, Kathy, and stepfather, Steve Lord, of Pittsburg; his sister, Christine Hajjar, and her husband, Doug, and son, Dylan, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his step- sister, Sarah Lord. of Jackson; his father, Allen Edwards; half -brothers, Joshua and Kristian Edwards of Myrtle Beach, S. C., and Dana Hedlund McShane; many aunts, uncles and cousins and his companion and best friend, Dollie Naroian, of Tilton.
Mike was predeceased by his special grandparents, Mimi and Baba Edwards, Nana and Gramps Halnon, Grammy Kate and Grampa Bill.
SERVICES: There will be no calling hours.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1:30 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box 572, Laconia, 03247 or the Pittsburg Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club, 17 Dickson Lane, Pittsburg, 03592. Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to wilkinsonbeane.com.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home
164 Pleasant Street Laconia, NH 03246
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 17, 2013