Ed­wards was city al­der­man and Went­worth MLA

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - DANIEL NOLAN dnolan@thes­pec.com 905-526-3351 | @dan­dun­das

Former Lib­eral MLA and city al­der­man Ray Ed­wards has died. He was 96. Ed­wards, who died Mon­day, was a con­tem­po­rary of politi­cians like long­time Hamilton mayor Lloyd D. Jack­son (1950-1962) and served when On­tario par­lia­men­tar­i­ans were called a mem­ber of the Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly.

He also served at a time when an al­der­man could serve at coun­cil and the leg­is­la­ture. Af­ter he was elected the Lib­eral MLA for Went­worth in 1959, he stayed on coun­cil and did not seek re-elec­tion in the 1960 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion so, as The Spectator re­ported, he could “de­vote fuller time to his du­ties as MLA for Went­worth.”

“Coun­cil is los­ing an en­er­getic and valu­able rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the re­tire­ment of Al­der­man Ed­wards from the coun­cil scene in fa­vor (sic) of Queen’s Park,” it said.

Ed­wards came to promi­nence in the 1958 city elec­tion when he was elected in Ward 8, top­pling long­time al­der­man Ken Crock­ett, who was known as the “Mayor of the Mountain.” He was re­luc­tant to be­lieve he would win, but when his vic­tory was as­sured, Ed­wards, said, “At least I don’t have to ful­fil any prom­ises — didn’t make any.”

He was elected to the leg­is­la­ture in June 1959 for Went­worth, which then in­cluded all of Hamilton on the Mountain, plus An­caster and what is now Glan­brook. He ran for re-elec­tion in 1963, but was de­feated by Tory Don­ald Ewen. He ran in 1975 in the rid­ing of Hamilton Mountain but PC mem­ber John Smith was re-elected.

Born in Mey­ronne, Sask., Ed­wards came to Hamilton in 1933. He served four years in the Sec­ond World War as a fly­ing of­fi­cer for the RCAF. He en­tered real es­tate in 1948 and was pres­i­dent of the new Hamilton Real Es­tate Board Co­op­er­a­tive Group in 1952. He be­came an in­sur­ance agent and was a found­ing mem­ber of the Bethel Gospel Taber­na­cle and a sup­porter of Cross­roads Tele­vi­sion.

Ed­wards is sur­vived by his wife of 75 years, Rita, two sons, two daugh­ters, 16 grand­chil­dren and 22 great-grand­chil­dren.

Ray Ed­wards: both MLA and al­der­man

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