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Bruce John Edwards

Claremont, N.H. — Bruce John Edwards, 64, of Elm Street in Claremont died at his home on Sunday, April 7, 2013, following a period of failing health. He was born in Windsor, Vt. on July 13, 1948, the son of the late John N., Sr. and Helen (Harrington) Edwards.

He was a graduate of Windsor High School, Class of 1966. He then attended the University of Vermont, Lyndon State College and graduated from Concord College in 1972. Bruce was a staff sergeant in the US Army and then served in the National Guard, Company A, 172nd, 50th Armored Division. On July 10, 1971, he married the former Sharon Anne Knowles. He was a past member of the Claremont Kiwanis, Cub master of Cub Scout Pack 314 from 1987 – 1983 and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 38 since 1992.

Bruce had been employed by Joy Manufacturing Company as MIS Director for 16 years and later worked as the Human Resources/Accounting Manager at Cannon Industries also in Claremont. Most recently he had been employed by the Claremont School District as a Special Education Individual Paraprofessional which turned into one of the highlights of his life.

One of Bruce’s passions was collecting basketball cards and memorabilia and Boy Scout memorabilia. While away on a trip one time his sons transformed his den into a Boston Celtics room, complete with parquet floor, green and white walls and autographed Larry Bird items around the room. He loved the Celtics no matter how hard times were for them.

In 2007, Bruce and Sharon traveled to Ireland for 14 days. They fell in love with the country, its people, its music and its history. Reading about Ireland became a passion and it was hard to know there was other music around because of the Irish music played all the time.

He began his career in Scouting, as an adult, in 1986 as Cubmaster of Pack 314 chartered to the Moose and moved on to Troop 38, chartered to Father Cote Council #1820, where he became the Scoutmaster in 1992. He also served as Committee Member of Pack 314, as the Boy Scout Training Chairman for Sunapee District for more than 11 years, Committee Member of Varsity Team 38 and Sunapee District Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner since 2000. Bruce attended camp with the Troop every summer for nine years and resumed that enjoyment in 2004. Along the way he served as an instructor at the state wide Mini-vesity, was Scouting for Food co-chairman for years, chaired and campaigned for the Sustaining Membership Enrollment annual campaign and went to High Adventure camp twice.

In the late 1990’s, Bruce was instrumental in reviving Pack 314 which sprang from 4 to 85 members in two years. Among the many awards he received were brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow, Cub Scouter Performance, Cub Master of the Year, Scouter’s Training, Scoutmasters Key, SME Campaigner of the Year, Cub Master Performance, Scout Master of the Year, NESA Scoutmaster Award of Merit, District Family of the Year, the Sunapee District Award of Merit, District Committee Training, the Commissioner’s Arrowhead, the Distinguished Commissioner, Wood Badge beads for extensive Scout training, and the highest award a council in a state can bestow upon a Scouter, The Silver Beaver.

Many will also remember him for his volunteer coaching in the community. He coached GCC soccer and basketball for eight years, assistant coached U-12 Boys basketball and worked as an assistant Boy’s JV soccer coach at Stevens High School for four years (which included the summer programs). For three years he served as a Girl’s soccer program assistant and returned to Boy’s soccer in 2003. Bruce assisted Larry Davis in this effort for more than 10 years.

In 1999, he was offered the opportunity to assist with his true sports love, basketball, and the Stevens Boys Basketball Program. In 2001, he became the Assistant Varsity Coach to Jim Domoracki, assisted Doug Preston for two years, and had been with Bill McIver since 2004. His recognitions in these programs include the NBA/WBNA Sportsmanship Award in 2001 and the first recipient of the annual Roger Grenier Coaches Award in 2002. Without the strong support and encouragement of his wife, Sharon, Bruce would not have been as deeply involved in these youth activities. She has worked by his side throughout his days in Scouting and been an integral part. Bruce often said that many, many times, one’s successes are brought about by ideas and labors of those with whom you share a common goal. Many times they are the unsung heroes. Without so many unsung heroes the result would not have been the same. His devotion to his wife, his sons, Scouts, friends and student athletes was witnessed by many.

Members of his family include his wife of 41 years, Sharon A. Edwards, Claremont; two sons, Sean Patrick Edwards, Daniel Ryan Edwards and his wife, Sarah, all of Claremont; a granddaughter, Laurenna Danielle Edwards; two brothers, John N. Edwards, Jr., Enola, Pa., Paul Shaun Edwards, Provincetown, Mass.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the Roy Funeral Home with Carol Thebarge, officiating. Committal services will be held later in the Spring in Riverside Cemetery in Woodstock, Vt.

Friends may call at the Roy Funeral Home, 93 Sullivan Street, Claremont on Wednesday, April 10 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Boy Scout Troop 38, 205 Maple Avenue, Claremont, NH 03743 or Stevens High School Athletics, c/o Frank Sprague, 175 Broad Street, Claremont, NH 03743. You are invited to share a memory of Bruce with the family or leave a message of condolence in the family guest book at www.royfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Roy Funeral Home and Cremation Service.