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Ronald Edwards

Ronald Edwards

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RONALD EDWARDS was born in Nyack on April 13, 1945 to Adele Eure and Curtis Edwards who both predeceased him. He is also predeceased by his Step Father Garfield Carter.

His surviving siblings include: Curtis Edwards Jr., Marlene Theresa Harvey, Larry Edwards, Gary Carter, Kenneth Carter and his special cousin James T. Hamlet. His brother Tyrone Edwards predeceased him.

Ronald is survived by his 3 children; Karla Riendeau, Ronald Edwards and RJ Trimble-Edwards.

He was drafted during the Vietnam War and served in the United States Army overseas in Korea for
2 years.

He was retired from the New York State Department of Correctional Services at Fishkill Correctional Facility where he served as a Correction Officer, Firearms and Chemical Agents Instructor and Defensive Tactics Instructor. Ron resided most of his life in Beacon, New York.

In the early 1980's Ron and his friend Ray Eurich became partners in R and R Racing, Cycle and Auto Performance, and built race bikes. Ron continued to build motorcycles until his recent illness prevented him from doing so.

He also served as a President of Local 1255 and Vice President of Council 82, Security and Law Enforcement Union, AFSCME/AFL-CIO.

He was an outstanding athlete and excelled throughout his life in Football, Basketball and Track and Field.

He tried out for the New York Jets in 1969 with Joe Namath and John Dockery but his time was cut short by an injury.

In 1995 he was inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2009 he was inducted into the Rockland County Track and Field Hall of Fame.
In 2015 he was inducted into the Nyack High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
He was All County (Rockland) in Football, Basketball and Track and Field.
He was a New York State Champion in High Jump.
He was the First Basketball Player to score 1,000 points in Rockland County and County High Scorer.
In 1984 he won Gold Medals for High Jump at the International Police Olympics in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1986 he won Gold Medals for High Jump at the International Police Olympics in Columbus, Ohio.
He won many motorcycle drag races at various drag strips around the country in the Super Comp class.

He was known most affectionately by his drag racing friends as “Voo Doo”, named after one of his drag bikes, “Voo Doo One”.

He was both Head Coach and Assistant Coach for many years, coaching his son RJ Trimble-Edwards in Pop Warner Football, CYO Basketball and Cal Ripkin Baseball and his teams won many championships.

Ron’s favorite hobbies included drag racing with his friends Raymond (Juice) Stewart and Joe Franco, and traveling around the country with his Brother Kenny Carter to watch his son RJ Trimble-Edwards play Division 1 College Football.

"In light of the recent worldwide occurrences dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, and in accordance with State Regulations (no-more than 10-people and social distancing applying); a private gathering of Immediate Family Only will occur then interment will following to the Veterans National Cemetery in Long Island, NY.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for memorial donations to be made in Ronald's memory to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements were entrusted to the professional care of the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508 845-831-0179; To offer a message of condolence, share a fond memory with the family, or offer a donation to their preferred charity, please visit: www.LibbyFuneralHome.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 |
    When
    Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
    Location
    Private Gathering of Family - Libby Funeral Home
    Address
    55 Teller Avenue
    BEACON, NY 12508
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    Notes
    "In light of the recent worldwide occurrences dealing with the outbreak of COVID-19, and in accordance with State Regulations (no-more than 10-people and social distancing applying); a private gathering of Immediate Family Only will occur then interment will following to the Veterans National Cemetery in Long Island, NY. There will be a Last Ride given by our motorcycle hearse as a final-ride through the City of Beacon before departure for the Long Island National Cemetery; those bikes that would like to attend and caravan PLEASE ARRIVE AT THE FUNERAL HOME BY 11:00AM, at which time military honors will be rendered by the United States Army Honor Guard.
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  • Interment

    Location
    Long Island National Cemetery
    Address
    2040 Wellwood Avenue
    FARMINGDALE, NY 11735
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Donations are being accepted for: ST JUDE CHILDRENS RESEARCH HOSPITAL INC.

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BILLY BARRACK

Posted at 12:34am
A TRUE FRIEND ALL THE WAY. A GOOD MAN. A MAN OF PRINCIPLES, PRIDE, HONOR, SELF RESPECT, AND RESPECTFUL TO ALL PEOPLE THAT'S WHAT I HAVE FOUND AND EXPERIENCED WITH RON. I HAVE ALSO HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING HIS MOM AND STEP DAD HIS BROTHER CURTIS ANOTHER GREAT GUY AND SOME OF HIS COUSINS. ALL NICE PEOPLE. RON TOOK PRIDE IN EVERYTHING HE TOOK INTEREST IN, AND SUCCEEDED ALL THE WAY. LET RECORDS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. I HAVE HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS IN MY LIFE TIME SOME WHO I THOUGHT WERE MY FRIENDS, BUT I HAVE TO SAY OVERALL RONNY WAS MY BEST ALL AROUND FRIEND I COULD EVER HAVE HANDS DOWN. AND TO ALL OF HIS FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS IT'S A BIG LOSS. I COULD SAY SO MUCH MORE, BUT IT WOULD TAKE FOREVER. GREAT TIMES I WILL ALWAYS TREASURE. SO SORRY I JUST FOUND OUT ON TUESDAY. RJ KEEP UP WHAT YOUR DOING YOUR FATHER WAS SO PROUD OF YOU WE HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS ABOUT YOU YOU TURNED IN TO BE A FINE YOUNG GOOD LOOKING YOUNG MAN. SAY HELLO TO YOUR MOM. I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE BORN. LOVE BILLY AND TONI BARRACK POB 381288 MURDOCK FL. 33938.
LR

Leon D. Royster

Posted at 08:55am
My sincere heartfelt condolences to all of Ronnie's family and all that knew him, this is truly a great loss. If you look up " Cool " Ron's picture is right there as an example.
I was proud to attend his induction into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame and to race with him ............ I wish we could've gotten a few more in.
R.I.P. VooDoo
Missing you.
MA

MR GEORGE AND PAT ASKEW

Posted at 09:02pm
FIRST OF ALL MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES ARE EXTENDED FROM THE ASKEW FAMILY! RONNIE WAS "ONE OF A KIND" IN SPORTS AND IN LIFE. AS AN ASPIRING ATHLETE IN NYACK I LOOKED UP TO RONNIE AND HE NEVER LET ME DOWN. YOU NAME IT AND RONNIE COULD EXCEL AT IT IF HE SO CHOSE TO! ONE OF MANY PLEASANT MEMORIES IS RONNIE NAMING MY BLACK THUNDERBIRD...."THE MIDNITE COWBOY"! THEN HE AND JULIUS DAWSON(RIP)....GAVE ME MY NICKNAME, "THE PRIDE"! RONNIE WAS A MANS MAN AND A STAND-UP BROTHER. THEY DO NOT COME MUCH BETTER THEN RONNIE EDWARDS AND I CAN TESTIFY TO THAT! MAY HIS CHILDREN CARRY ON HIS LEGACY IN LIFE! LOL....KARLA, I HAVE NOT SEEN YOU SINCE YOU WERE ABOUT 8 YRS OLD. I STILL REMEMBER YOU, YOUNG LADY! I AM GOING TO MISS RON E. AS I CALLED HIM! MAY GOD ALLAH WELCOME RONNIE AS HE ENTERS THE KINGDOM AND THE GARDEN! PEACE BE UNTO THE FAMILY! AMEEN!
RM

Robert Marsden

Posted at 06:52pm
Ron was a good friend of me and Diane for many years. I enjoyed racing with Ron and enjoyed our motorcycle trips with all our friends to Maine, Myrtle Beach and Lake George. Rest in peace my friend 🙏 Bob and Diane Marsden

Margaret Schatzle

Posted at 09:51pm
RJ here is the link to share to others for the article on your dad! It's hard to read the one I attached.
https://www.rctfhalloffame.com/ron-edwards.html
At the end of the article it mentions your mom and you.
I know you will cherish this and hang it up with your other special memories of him.
Much love and Hugs xo
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