A life­time of ser­vice

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS -

CHRISTO­PHER Ed­wards was born in eShowe to Nancy and Raoul Ed­wards, a phar­ma­cist and busi­ness­man in the town.

He ma­tric­u­lated from Dur­ban High School (DHS) in 1950, be­fore fur­ther­ing his ter­tiary stud­ies in Cape Town.

In 1958 the young sports­man and qual­i­fied phar­ma­cist opened Ed­wards Phar­macy in Union Street, a land­mark build­ing that still stands to­day.

It was the third (and largest) branch of Ed­wards Phar­macy, the first was opened by his fa­ther in iXopho in 1928, and the sec­ond in eShowe in 1930.

Chris mar­ried his sweet­heart Erica Cherie McLagh­lan in 1961 - to the dis­may of many young ladies in Zu­l­u­land - and to­gether they had three daugh­ters - Mar­got (1961), Jan­ice (1967) and Rozanne (1971).

His daugh­ters de­scribe him as a lov­ing fa­ther, who was qui­etly be­sot­ted with his grand­chil­dren Do­minik, Jes­sica, Ch­es­ney, Emma, Matthew, Christoper and Ru­pert, a men­tor to his sons-in-law An­drew, Mark and Leon, and lov­ing brother to Eve Wey­ers.

His quiet phi­lan­thropy and vested in­ter­est in the com­mu­nity (he served proudly as a Ro­tar­ian for many years) saw him awarded the Ro­tary Paul Har­ris Fel­low­ship Award in 1992.

His care­fully col­lected boxes of mem­o­ra­bilia over the years are a tes­ta­ment to his friend­ship with many around the world, and over­flow with care­fully hand-writ­ten let­ters of thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion as well as cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for var­i­ous acts of ser­vice and kind­ness in the com­mu­nity.

Be­sides his beloved daugh­ters, he was a fa­ther fig­ure to many young men who flour­ished un­der his quiet and un­der­stated lead­er­ship over the years.

2015: Chris is pic­tured with his daugh­ters (from left) Rozy, Jan­ice and Mar­got at an ap­pre­ci­a­tion din­ner held at Mick Kelly Park, at which the club­house and grand­stand were named after him

Chris mar­ried Erica in 1961

Chris Ed­wards8 May 1933 - 14 Oc­to­ber 2018

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