Ronald Edwards

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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  1. Cindy Trimble says:

    Rest In Peace… I am so glad you made it to see RJ complete his college football career and see him graduate. He wanted you to be there so bad and you were. We will both always love you…XO

  2. Kris Cullen Walker says:

    Hello Edwards family. With our deepest sympathy Stuart Walker, Jr and Kris Walker send out heartfelt love to you. Stu and I are heartbroken by the loss of a dear friend of the Walker family. Stu and I fondly spoke about times when we and the Edwards were living in Shanks and being a tightly knit group of friends. Stu shared stories with me regarding the close friendship he and Ronnie had before Stu left Nyack High School to attend Tappan Zee. Our father, Stu Sr and mother, Sandy always spoke about the Edwards brothers as if they were their own. As Stu said “This is a such a loss and it’s a heartbreaker. May you reveal in the accomplished life he led and know you and yours are in our prayers. Rest In Peace dear sweet friend
    We will always hold you in our hearts.

  3. Karla Riendeau says:

    I’m proud to be your daughter and I’m blessed being able to spend this time with you. Your grandchildren – Hannah, Sarah, Adam, Ashley and Gabriel as well as your great grandchildren – Gianna, Vincent, Emma, Alayna, and William are so fortunate to carry your blood and to have had you in their lives. I love you Dad and you will be forever with me in my heart.
    As you have said “My daughter, my 1st born child.” 💖

  4. Christopher Russell says:

    I wish I could have spoke with you before you were gone, there’s a lot I would have said. The time I got to share with you and the things I got to do are forever a part of my best memories, from racing in Texas, Ohio, Florida,and New Jersey to our man to mans in the basement in Glenham and then Mackin. Thought I was losing once in 97 when I had to call Ambulance for your heart attack, but you came back and we got to race again. You changed my life, taught me respect, and countless other lessons that I still carry with me today. I made friends like Franco and Shotgun that I never would have met. I wish things had worked out different for you and my cousin Cindy but none of that changes the happy memories I have with you. I will miss you my friend but being around RJ helps to deal. He is the man you would want him to be, I know you were proud. Farewell Ronnie, I hope heaven is an endless quarter mile that you can enjoy forever. Christopher Russell

  5. Shirley Trimble says:

    Ronnie, It was so good talking to you a couple of weeks ago when you said how much you loved and missed Kenny and I, and how much you missed my cooking, and thought that one of my Thanksgiving dinners would make everything all better. We have a lifetime of great memories and photographs together as we travelled all over the country having fun. You will always be family and we will always love you. Give my love to Kenny Sr., Kenny Jr., Little Frankie (who you called Spock) and all the loved ones that we said good-bye to together before you. Your home at last where you can be healthy and happy once again. All my love, Shirley 💔

  6. Margaret Schatzle says:

    God Speed Ronnie! Love you!
    Peg

  7. Margaret Schatzle says:

    Dearest RJ,
    I write this with a heavy heart as my heart aches for you at this sad and difficult time. It has been the hardest year for you – losing grandpa and now your dear father. I know how much your dad meant to you and how he was more than a dad. He was your friend, coach, advocate and mentor.
    I remember when you were born. It was the proudest day of your dad’s life. Every minute there on, he lived and breathed life because of you . He had big plans and dreams for you. With your hard work and your parents guidance and love you made all his dreams come true!
    I have known your dad for 30 years and he was always kind to me and I am proud to say he was my friend. I will always enjoy the times we spent together and our special chats. Of course, the topic of conversation was always about you and your mom and how much he loved you both.
    I enjoyed hearing him tell me about his sports career that started out in high school and the records he broke. He was an extraordinary athlete not in just one sport but many. I was truly amazed how he tried out for the New York Jets with Joe Nameth. I would would brag in front of him to others how he tried out for the Jets!!! I often felt bad that your dad wasn’t able to go to college and pursue his own personal dreams. I know that was one of his regrets. His dreams came true with your successful academic and sport endeavors! You did it RJ! You made his dreams come true!!!
    If I couldn’t make your game , he would give me play by play and tell me about all the great plays you executed, how fast you could run and play both offense and defense. He was so proud. He would often repeat himself with the same stories, only to make sure I knew how proud he was of you. Many times we had to talk your dad out of going down to the sidelines to tell the coaches what plays they should be playing.
    One of his passions was to coach you and your friends when you were younger. He loved giving back to kids, especially kids that came from low socioeconomic backgrounds and struggled in life. He could relate to this and wanted to make a difference in their lives.
    I have to say one of his passions that involved motorcycles and drag racing was never my favorite to watch. I was amazed by his fearless racing but was always scared he would get hurt.
    Your dad always made sure you worked hard and that you would have a constant strong mindset to succeed. He taught you to never give up, persevere and turn your dreams into real accomplishments.He made sure you always spoke to others with respect and gratitude. Your dad was so proud that you displayed all the above qualities with such ease, grace and a smile!!
    I will cherish the memories that we all had together which you were the center of all – Pop Warner, CYO basketball, Cal Ripkin Baseball, your dance recitals and drama plays,First Holy Communion and Confirmation, Halloween parades, summer barbecue and pool parties.
    Through the years, your dad would call to say hello and to review the game we had just been to. He taught me a lot about football and he would make sure I understood how the coaches weren’t running the right plays and what he would have done. He was your Number 1 fan!
    I am so glad that I got to spent time with your dad at the hospital before the pandemic . We talked about the old times and he reassured me that he was going to beat this. He specifically said that he wanted to see you graduate, talk to his contacts to get you to try out for the NFL, and be beside you through the next phases of your life.
    No doubt, your dad liked his cars and motorcycles but he really was simple man and what he really wanted is to live life with you at his side! He had so much more to see and do with you.
    He loved and breathed for you RJ. You were his heart and soul!
    God Bless you RJ.

    Dear Ronnie, I will cherish the memories, our friendship. You will always remain in my heart! I will miss you my dear, gentle friend Ronnie! May you rest peacefully with the God and the angels. Until we meet again!

  8. Margaret Schatzle says:

    Dear RJ,
    I wanted to share this memory of your dad with you and others. It was when he was inducted into the Rockland County Hall of Fame. You were 12 years old. It was a proud time to see your father acknowledged for his athletic abilities and recognition for the records he set and broke. He was described as a ‘natural athlete, a good all around athlete. At his acceptance speech, he told the audience that he was excited that you were on the path of great excellence and that you were his inspiration and he could see himself in you and you were the apple of his eye and was blessed to have such a talented son and would make sure you would follow your dreams!

  9. Margaret Schatzle says:

    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

  10. Robert Marsden says:

    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

  11. MR GEORGE AND PAT ASKEW says:

    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!

  12. Leon D. Royster says:

    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.

  13. BILLY BARRACK says:

    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.

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