EDWARDS, WaynePosted: April 15th, 2021
Dr. Wayne John Edwards
1954 – 2021
It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dr. Edwards passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital from complications of COVID 19 on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at the age of 66 years.
Dr. Edwards was born in Trinidad and migrated to Canada in 1995. He leaves behind his wife, Harriet, and his sons, Andre and Adrian. His death also precedes that of his parents Garnet and Faith, brothers David and Philip, sister Judy and adopted ‘sister’ Diane Williams.
Dr. Edwards earned his medical degree in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies. He received a government scholarship to study psychiatry in London from 1983 to 1988 where he pursued his post-graduate degree at St. George’s Hospital under the mentorship of his lifelong friend Dr. Aggrey Burke.
After completing his government service in Trinidad, the family migrated to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, where he worked at the Regional Hospital from 1995 to 2002. A firm and solid friendship was established with his colleagues Drs. Jim and Julie Chandler while the family lived in that small and beautiful town with its many lakes.
Wayne and his family moved to Lethbridge in 2003 and all family members became Canadian citizens two years later. Dr. Edwards initially practiced at the Bigelow Fowler Clinic South before opening a private clinic. Additionally, his practice included working at the hospital, the Children’s Mental Health Clinic, the Adult Mental Health Clinic, a stint at the University of Lethbridge, and monthly visits to the clinic in Milk River.
Apart from medicine, Dr. Edwards’ passion was music. He played the piano, organ and steel drum, and was heavily involved in the music ministry at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church. Dr. Edwards loved to travel and was able to visit several places on his bucket list, including visits to China, Japan, Australia and St. Petersburg, Russia. His other interests included a fascination with planes and automobiles.
Dr. Edwards was a highly respected medical practitioner who dedicated his life to the service of his patients. He will be greatly missed.
Our thanks go out to the doctors and nurses at the ICU who worked valiantly to save Wayne’s life. The family also wishes to extend their gratitude to the clergy of St. Augustine’s Church, Revs. Steve Bateman and James Robinson and other members of the parish family who have been a bedrock of support during a very difficult time. Special hugs and kisses to Barbara, Carina, Dorothy, Karen and Shannon in this regard. Our gratitude also extends to our neighbours, especially Charlene, Mark and Hannah, his colleagues and friends who were unstinting in their encouragement.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions a private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Steve Bateman officiating. The service will be live streamed and may be accessed via Wayne’s obituary on the Cornerstone website or the St. Augustine’s Anglican Church’s Facebook page.
To send a condolence, please visit www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com