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Eugene "Gus" Edwards

March 1, 1934March 27, 2021

Eugene “Gus” Edwards, 87, passed away unexpectedly at the Danbury Hospital on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Gus, better known to all as “Coach”, was a much beloved husband, father, grandfather, and respected mentor to countless youth.

Gus, born on March 1, 1934, in Danbury, CT, was the son of immigrant parents, Nicholas and Catherine Edwards. He spent his post-depression childhood in Georgetown, CT, where he learned the value of hard work, making do with what you have, and a job well done.

He was a 1952 graduate of Danbury High school where he lettered in three varsity sports, football, track, and baseball. Gus was the Captain of his football team during his senior year and set the record for the quarter mile. Gus then attended the University of Rhode Island, where he majored in Agricultural Studies, lettered in two sports – football and baseball - and served as a member of the ROTC.

Following graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and served a tour of duty in Germany. While in Germany he was quickly promoted, serving as Company Commander, and played on the division baseball team. Gus continued to proudly serve in the U.S. Army Reserves until retirement. He attained the rank of Full Colonel and was a graduate of the Army War College.

When he returned from Germany, he began his career as a teacher and coach at Danbury High School, attended graduate school at Fairfield University, and at the same time operated his own landscaping business. During his teaching and coaching career, spanning over forty years, he started as a teacher and freshman football coach, later becoming a guidance counselor and head football coach. It was the perfect spot for him to help and mentor his students and teams. He led the DHS Hatters football team as its head coach for seventeen years, taking his teams to three FCIAC championship games, winning two titles. He instilled a strong work ethic and a sense of commitment and responsibility in his players and students. Gus also founded the DHS wrestling team. He later left coaching to watch his two sons play football in college. Most importantly, Coach cherished the life-long relationships and friendships that he maintained with his players and students.

Gus was active in his community and the recipient of many awards – notably membership in the Old Timers Athletic Association, the DHS Athletic Hall of Fame, and the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement.

His true love was working the land. He maintained a Christmas tree farm for many years, and expanded into vegetables, giant pumpkins, pussy willows, and blueberries. You could find him on the farm working the soil passing his knowledge on to his grandchildren. His life was filled with activity, love of his family and community, high expectations, and hard work.

Gus is survived by Elaine, his beloved wife of 62 years. His children: Robin and her partner, Dan; Gene and his wife, Jennifer; and Marty and his wife Lori. His grandchildren: Kyle, John, Alex, Mike, Annie, Christopher, and Brenden; and his cherished dog, Pumpkin.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 11am on Monday, April 5, 2021 at Mountain View Cemetery, New Fairfield, CT. Those attending the service are required to wear facial covering and maintain social distance protocols. The service may be viewed virtually at www.thegreenfuneralhome.com. From the home page scroll to "Recent Obituaries" and click on Eugene Edwards' page, then select "Join Livestream". . Contributions in Gus' memory may be made to the Coach Gus Edwards Scholarship Fund, c/o Principal Dan Donovan, Danbury High School, 43 Clapboard Ridge Rd., Danbury, CT 06811 (indicate Gus Edwards Scholarship in memo line).

The family asks that you pay Gus’ legacy forward by doing a kind deed for a young person.

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Services

  • Visitation (Private)

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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Dolores Barchi

April 15, 2021

My most sincere condolences to Elaine and Gus’ fine family. I met Gus in 1952 at URI. He was Pete’s long-time friend, and mine as well. He was not only a colleague at DHS but also Pete’s landscaping buddy with many beautiful gardens to their credit. He was an extraordinary man, coach, councilor and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Jim Murphy

April 8, 2021

Deepest condolences and prayers to the Edwards family. Your father and grandfather was a remarkable person.

jaime camacho

April 7, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to Gene and family. Your dad touched a lot of lives! Truly a life well spent.
Jaime & Tish

Ronnie Daisomont

April 7, 2021

Mrs. Edwards,Robin,gene and Marty I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a nice man and very well respected in new Fairfield . I grew up two houses down from the Edwards ,and gene and Marty were my long-time childhood friends and I’ll always cherish all the moments that I had with the Edwards may Gus Rest In Peace

Once again I am so sorry for your loss


Ronnie D.

Chuck Strickland

April 5, 2021

Edwards family....sincere condolences for you all and a heartfelt thank you for sharing Coach with us. The impact he had on so many lives, including mine, cannot be overstated. He was a man among men. It was my good fortune to play for him, if only for a couple of years. Coach encouraged me, instilled confidence, and helped develop leadership skills. He demanded much, but gave even more. Rest In Peace Coach. Chuck Strickland Class of ‘72

Jerry Bielizna

April 5, 2021

Dear Elaine and Family,
I value the time I spent with Coach. Wether it was the Wednesday breakfast gathering, or bunching winterberries, the conversations were always full of insight, knowledge, wisdom, and wit. I am honored to have had Gus as my friend.
Jerry Bielizna

Walter Belardinelli

April 4, 2021

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty Rest In Peace Coach 🙏

Ken Piela

April 4, 2021

Coached helped and encouraged so many people and never sought credit or recognition. He could get the most out of his players and students because you never wanted to disappoint him. He wanted you to be the best you could be and he was always there to help. He helped so many, boys and girls alike, athletes and non-athletes and his influence has made a huge difference in so many lives.
Nice job Coach and Thank You
Ken Piela

Ken Kolwicz

April 3, 2021

I’m sending my heartfelt condolences to the Edwards Family. Along with being a legendary “Coach” he was a great mentor and friend. His life wasn’t about the plain & simple, the ordinary and the routine but about the intensity of living purposefully, working hard and succeeding. We both shared a background in horticulture and occasionally met for discussions about trees and plants. Plus our good football stories too. It was fun to see him at his Christmas tree farm with his neat vintage Jeep. He would be harvesting the red winter berries for the holidays...it was always a good time...it was an honor and joy to know you...the world has lost a great man...May God Bless You, Sincerely, Ken Kolwicz

Kevin Burns

April 3, 2021

I played for Coach Gus Edwards a long time ago and have had many other coaches in other athletic endeavors and in business, but when I think of the word, "Coach", I think of Coach Edwards. He epitomized all the great things a coach should instill in teams and in individuals - discipline, sacrifice, collaboration (he probably wouldn't use that word), toughness and love of life. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us over these many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kevin Burns

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY