Former U.S. Representative
Of Burke, VA. Passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the age of 69. Beloved husband of 48 years of Merle Deaver Edgar; father of Robert Edgar Jr. of Fort Payne, AL, T. David Edgar of Moon Township, PA, and Andrew Edgar of Herndon; his mother, Marion Edgar of Villas, NJ, two brothers, Ralph Edgar of Grand Detour, IL., and Richard Edgar of Mechanicsville, MD. Also survived by eight grandchildren. Mr.Edgar had been the president and CEO of Common Cause since 2007. An ordained United Methodist minister, he was elected to Congress in 1974 as a Democrat and served six terms, representing a suburban Philadelphia district. After leaving Congress, he served as president of the Claremont School of Theology in California and also led the National Council of Churches. Friends and family will hold a service on Saturday at 1 pm at Burke United Methodist Church, 6200 Burke Center Parkway, Burke VA. An additional service will be held in Washington DC on Wednesday, May 8, with details to follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Bob Edgar Legacy Fund for Common Cause, or Habitat for Humanity.