Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home & Memorial Park

2853 Sunset Point Rd, Clearwater, FL


John R. Edwards

December 14, 1944July 18, 2019

Edwards, John Robert of Clearwater, FL, passed away July 18, 2019 peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends. John was born December 14, 1944 in Selma, Alabama. He moved from Bristol, Tennessee to Florida in 1958, attended local schools, and graduated from Largo High School in 1963. John attended the University of Florida, then was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam for 13 months. Following, John worked in the Merchant Marine until meeting the love of his life, Patricia “Patty Ann” Sofarelli, who he married on September 25, 1971. John then worked at Seco South in Largo, FL until his retirement. John lived a vibrant and dynamic life, and never met a stranger. He enjoyed fishing and traveling with his many friends and family, especially to great destinations such as Costa Rica, Alaska, Guatemala, Italy and the Great Smoky Mountains. He always looked forward to solving the world's problems every Tuesday evening with his buddies at the American Legion in Dunedin, entertaining and grilling gourmet steaks on his porch, finding the latest deals among the aisles of Costco and Lowe’s, and golfing with “the guys” every Friday at Cove Cay. John is survived by his loving daughter, Melissa Howard; son-in-law, Steven Howard; sister, Elizabeth “Beth” Chinlund; brother-in-law, Robert “Bob” Chinlund and sisters-in-law, Andrea “Andie” and Mary Sofarelli. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elwood Lee and Hellen Edwards, and his beloved wife of over 46 years, Patty Ann. All friends and family are invited to a casual service and memorial lunch and cocktail celebration of John to be held at Cove Cay Golf Club in Clearwater, Saturday, August 3rd, starting at 11:00 am. Flowers are welcome as are donations to Suncoast Hospice in John’s honor.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 3, 2019


John R. Edwards

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Peter O'Connell

July 30, 2019

I made no secret of the fact John was one of my favorite people in the world. It was my honor and pleasure to have worked with him for over two decades. John mastered the art of successful “work/life balance” before anyone knew of the term, and boat show dinners with him were always a highlight of my travels. John, you were one of a kind and will be missed. My sincere condolences to friends and family.

Cindy Hurlburt

July 29, 2019

My sincere condolences to John's family. I worked with him for a couple of years at Seco South. I remember him as always positive and upbeat. I was sorry to here of his passing.

Lisa Martinez

July 23, 2019

Rest in Peace my friend. I wish I would have gotten to see you these last 15+ years but I have never forgotten our friendship! I will always remember our lunch dates over the years when I was at IPY the first time. You were such a special person! I hope you are happy now that you are back together with Pat. Till we meet again...