EDY, Robert Rowland - Died on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Westmount Gardens, London in his 101st year. Mr. Edy was born in London, Ontario and was a graduate of London Central High School. After high school he worked at Kellogg’s of Battle Creek as a shipping clerk and at Lawson and Jones Ltd. as manager of Strike-Rite Matches. He then left London to join the George Weston Ltd. company, first as manager of its South Africa operations and later as manager of its India operations. In 1950, Mr. Edy and his family moved to London, England where he studied music at the Trinity School of Music and performed as an operatic tenor. His brief but successful career was highlighted by several concerts at Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, a television contract with the BBC, performances with Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and representation of Canada in Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s II coronation choir. Upon Mr. Edy’s return to Canada in 1953, he also performed at the Grand Theatre in London. In 1955, Mr. Edy and business partner Mr. Lloyd Entwistle founded the National Auto League of Canada, which they ran out of their business headquarters on King Street until they retired in 1982. Mr. Edy served as the chairman of the London YMCA and chairman of the board of trustees of First-St. Andrew’s United Church. He was known and will be remembered by all for his diplomacy, generosity and wit. Mr. Edy was predeceased by his beloved wife of 44 years, Mary (Fraser) Edy, his sister, Marjorie A. Edy, and his dear friend Aileen Jones. He is survived by his brother, Donald L. Edy, of London, along with son and daughter-in-law, Donald Edy and Mary F. AmRhein of Bow, N.H.; granddaughter Carolyn M. Edy of Boone, N.C.; grandson David G. Edy, of Claremont, N.H.; grandson Jonathan P. Edy and his wife Babette of South Berwick, ME.; and four great-grandchildren. Also remembered by friends Michael and his wife Deanna Douglas. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation or the charity of your choice.
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