NATICK – Norman “Rick” R. Edwards, 87, of Natick and West Dennis died June 28, 2021 surrounded by his family.
He was the beloved husband of Elizabeth A. (MacInnis) Edwards, to whom he was married for 59 years.
Rick was born and raised in Newton and was the son of the late Norman C. and Grace (Kneeland) Edwards.
In addition to Betty, he leaves their four children, Maryellen Carew of Westborough, Laurel Kelly and her husband Tim, Rick and his wife Paula, Brian and his wife Judy, all of Natick, and was the father of the late Holly Edwards. He also leaves his loving grandchildren, Holly, Ryan and Kathryn Carew, Timmy, Liam and Shane Kelly, Colin, Paige and Alex Edwards, and Alison and Emily Edwards, and a sister, Nancy Hicks of Santa Rosa, CA.
Rick was a proud Air Force veteran who served in the Korean War and was stationed in Korea, Japan and France during his military service.
He was a talented and respected auto mechanic and owned and operated West Natick Citgo and West Natick Auto Repair.
In his younger days, he liked to sail and fish, and was also an avid reader and history buff who enjoyed listening to music and spending time with his family.
The greatest decision Rick ever made (next to marrying Betty) was to purchase a summer home in West Dennis on Cape Cod. There, he and Betty spent the best days of their lives enjoying the summer breezes and sunshine. Rick could often be found sitting on the deck with his friends and family, a beer in his hand, and one — or all — of his grandchildren running in and out of the house or sitting down to talk to their Grampy.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass, Tuesday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford Street in Natick.
Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery.
Visiting hours are Monday, July 5th from 4-8pm, at the John Everett and Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park Street in Natick.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blinded Veterans Association/Department of Veterans Affairs – Attn: Fiscal Service Agent Cashier,150 South Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130 – on the check, please write: General Post Fund FCP 5103/Blind Rehab.
For directions and guest book please visit www.everettfuneral.com