Joseph Douglas Edwards, 87 of Kingston, NY died Thursday, May 31st at New Paltz Center after a lengthy illness. Mr. Edwards was born August 18, 1930 in Kingston, NY and was the son of the late Douglas C and Alice Relyea Edwards. Mr. Edwards graduated Kingston High School and attended Ulster County Community College. He also served in the United States Coast Guard, stationed aboard a light house in Boston Harbor as well as a cutter in the North Atlantic. He was employed 30+ years with the US Post Office in Kingston as a rural mail carrier. Mr. Edwards received several safe driving awards during his employment.
He had a love of water and boating. In addition to his Coast Guard service he coached the YMCA and several swim club teams here in Kingston, even taking a team to a national meet in Florida. He was an avid swimmer competing in AAU Masters.
Surviving are two daughters; Alice Lynn (William) Hughes, Kathryn (Stanley) Ostrander; his 2nd wife, Marjorie Eckert Edwards and two step children; Joyce Ann and Anthony, a sister; A. Gail Edwards of Kingston as well as 10 grandchildren; several great grandchildren also survive.
He is pre-deceased by his 1st wife Mary Louise Hutton, daughters Joanne and Tracy and a son John.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Health Alliance Hospital and New Paltz Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing for their wonderful and compassionate care.
Entrusted to the care of the Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Ave. Kingston, the family will receive their friends on Monday from 5 - 7 pm, with a Memorial Service at 7 pm.
The family suggests memorial contributions to American Heart Association 301 Manchester Rd # 105, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Please leave a memory for the family at www.Keyserfuneralservice.com
I was so sorry to read of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kay, Sorry to hear about your Dad. You are all in my prayers at this difficult time. Mary Lou Hutton
Sorry to hear about your dad.
I'll keep him in my prayers..
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