Father Michael W. Edwards, age 75, of Vero Beach, Florida, went to be with his Lord & Savior, October 24, 2023.
Born November 28, 1947 at Niagara Falls, New York, he was a son of the late J. William Edwards, Jr. & Patricia Snyder Edwards.
A 1965 graduate of Bishop Duffy High School, Fr. Mike as he was affectionately known, sought to further his education receiving his Bachelor of Science from Niagara University in 1970 and again graduating in 1972 from the University of Pittsburgh Mortuary Sciences. He then proceeded to study theology, graduating from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York in 1978.
Ordained as a priest by the diocese of Buffalo, New York in 1979, Father Edwards served the church in many capacities over the years and continued to do so until his health dictated otherwise. Starting as an Associate Pastor at St. Andrews Parish in Kenmore, NY in 1979, with stops along the way at St. Martin’s Parish, Buffalo, NY. 1983, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Kenmore, NY. 1985, St. Helen Catholic Church, Vero Beach, FL. 1989, Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. 1992, Mary Immaculate Church, West Palm Beach, FL. 1994, St, Juliana Church, West Palm Beach, FL. 1996, St. Peter Church, Jupiter, FL. 1997. He returned to serve as lead Pastor at St. Helen Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL from June of 1999 until his official retirement in July of 2016.
After “retirement”, he continued to be of service to the church and assist the diocese as the Episcopal Delegate for Senior Priests until August of 2021. He was also a member of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and The 100 Club.
In addition to his parents, Father Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel D. Edwards.
Father Edwards is survived by his loving family, brothers, Joseph W. Edwards and wife Patricia, Mark A. Edwards, and Brian J. Edwards and wife Mary Jo; Nieces, Erin E Simson (Keith Simson), Abigail L. Edwards (Steve Matthews), Allie Dell (Jason Seiler), Courtney Heigl (Joe Heigl); Nephews, J. William Edwards IV (Sara Edwards), James O. Edwards (Marissa Edwards), & Zachary E. Dell; and many other loving family & friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Helen Catholic Church, Thursday, November 9th, at 11:00 a.m. followed by Interment in Crestlawn Cemetery by Strunk Funeral Home.
Father Edwards will lie in repose from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 8th, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Helen Catholic Church, 2085 Tallahassee Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960; the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach at Diocesan Services Appeal 9995 N. Military Trail P.O. Box 109650 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410-9650.
Arrangements by Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, Vero Beach, FL. A guestbook is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com
The service at St. Helen will be lived streamed.
The link is: https://vimeo.com/event/3837266