Michael Philip "Phil" Edwards, 82, of Tupper Lake, passed away on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 at his home surrounded by loved ones.
Phil was born on July 2, 1932, in Tupper Lake to Joseph Edwards and Margaret (Kavanaugh) Edwards. He was affectionately known as "Chico" by his childhood friends.
He attended schools in Tupper Lake; graduating from Tupper Lake High School in 1951. Upon graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War. On April 21, 1956, he married Elizabeth Ann Bradley and together they began building a family of four boys and four girls. Phil would be the first to tell you that this was his greatest achievement.
Phil started his life's work in carpentry and general contracting with local builders Miller & McNamara, and later partnered with Bob Chartier and Donald LaBarge to form CEL Lumber Company in Tupper Lake. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered his time and energy on many local projects over the years including construction of the Civic Center building and renovation of the Knights of Columbus Hall. Anybody who knew him, knew that he was a stickler for details and a fine carpenter. Phil had an excellent sense of humor, a constant smile on his face and made a friend of anyone he came to know.
Phil is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth; their children: Dorie Patry, Denise Beaudette, John Edwards, Peter Edwards, Mary Casagrain, Tina Shaheen and Scott Edwards; and their 18 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Christopher Edwards.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Tupper Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at St. Alphonsus Church.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Tupper Lake Hockey Association.