Palm Harbor, FL — David Edmondson, 88, of Palm Harbor, Fla., passed away peacefully with his wife by his side on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Born in England in 1925, he served proudly on a mine sweeper in the British Royal Navy in WWII, and played professional soccer for Middlesbrough, England, before emigrating to the United States in 1948. He was the owner of Home Decorating Center in Bradford, Mass., and Park Haven Rest Home in Haverhill, Mass. In 1975, he became the operations manager of the Boston Garden Sports Arena and held that position until his retirement in 1985.
David was loved and will be missed by many friends and family members. In his retirement years, he was an avid golfer and traveler, and enjoyed many happy hours with his grandchildren, who will always cherish wonderful memories of their trips to Florida. He will be fondly remembered for his dry British wit, his gentle manner, and his generous spirit. He loved classical music, golf, soccer, the coast of Maine, and a good cup of English tea. He was a scholar, a sportsman, and a gentleman.
He is survived by his wife, Claire Heath Edmondson; daughters, Pamela Edmondson and Walda Smith of Haverhill; son, David and wife, Norine, of Haverhill; son, Dennis and wife, Faithe MacElliott of Atkinson, N.H.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and many loving friends.
Claire would like to express her sincere gratitude to the Burgundy team of Suncoast Hospice.
Those wishing to, may make donations to Suncoast Hospice in David’s memory.
ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of David's life will be held at a later date.