Paul Bates Edwards

June 21, 1928October 28, 2020

Paul B. Edwards, 92

EAST ORLEANS - Paul Bates Edwards died peacefully in his sleep at home on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the age of 92.

He was born in Worcester, MA to the late George Bates Edwards and Ethel Turner Edwards, graduated from the former Worcester South High School in 1946, Dean Academy in 1948 and attended Worcester Poly Tech.

In 1951 he married Gloria Smith of Worcester and raised three sons, building their own house in Sutton, MA. As a family they loved to camp, spending weekends in Northern New England and weeks during the summer in Brewster on Cape Cod.

He worked for U.S. Steel in Worcester until 1964 at which time they moved to Orleans and he started a building business with his college roommate Bruce Campbell. He held many positions in the building industry until 1976 when he became a dispatcher for the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 1993.

Paul was a Call Firefighter on the Sutton Fire Department for 20 years as well as an EMT/Call Firefighter in Orleans for 20 years. This interest was passed on to his son Steven, Retired Fire Chief in Orleans and his grandson Ryan, Lieutenant/EMT in Harwich, MA.

He was active in the Orleans Firemen's Relief Assoc., Barnstable County Deputy Sheriff’s Assoc., the County Narcotics Enforcement Officers’ Assoc., and the Orleans United Methodist Church. He and Gloria spent countless hours co-managing Cora’s Cupboard, the Orleans Food Pantry as well as other church activities.

Paul was predeceased by his wife Gloria in 2016.

He is survived by his three sons: Steven (Cindy), David (Paul Grace) and William, all of Orleans. He leaves six grandchildren, Kevin (Desiree), Sarah Kerr (Michael), Ryan (Christy Lin), Scott (Mariana Soares), Emily (Mark St. John) and Mitchel. He also leaves five great-grandchildren, Harley, Paxton, Kira, Owen and Jaxon; as well as his only niece, Deborah Bazydlo of Dudley, Ma.

Paul and Gloria had a passion for travel. Camping in the early years and later traveling the world on bus tours and cruises. He had an incredible ability of remembering specific dates, places and activities they took part in and would spend hours reminiscing with family members. Collecting model trains and operating his basement layout was a favorite pastime remembered by the grandkids. Nauset Beach was another favorite place for them and for years the old 4X4 would be loaded up on Sunday morning and the day would be spent on the outer beach with family and friends. Although never having played many sports, he would spend hours watching golf, college football and his favorite U-Conn Girls Basketball.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cora’s Cupboard, c/o Orleans United Methodist Church, P.O.Box 1565, Orleans, MA 02653 or the Orleans Firemen’s Relief Association, 58 Eldredge Parkway, Orleans, MA 02653.


  • Cora’s Cupboard
  • Orleans Firemen’s Relief Association


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Duff Campbell

November 21, 2020

He was "Uncle Paul" to me. My sisters and I grew up spending Christmas afternoon over at the Edwards' home, sharing the holiday with the family we were closest to. Do you remember Instant Insanity? Long before Rubik's Cube, Paul and my father Bruce spent a whole afternoon (attempting to) solve Instant Insanity with logic and their engineering sense. And had a great time doing so.

Paul and Gloria were such good family friends, for years, and I miss them both. The stories, the memories, but most of all the warmth and the kindness. I miss you, Uncle Paul. My condolences to Steven, David, and William, and the rest of Paul's family and friends.

James Fletcher

November 5, 2020

I have fond memories of Paul when I started at the “Shack” in 86’. It was a tight-knit group of individuals and Paul was a large part of that family. He played a significant role in my training back then and I have had the opportunity to bump into him on occasion through the years. He will be sorely missed. Paul was a good man that lived a full life - our condolences to his family. Jim and Barbara Fletcher

Oresta Johnson

November 2, 2020

In loving memory of Paul and a life well lived.

I am so blessed to have had Paul & Gloria
in my life and to all of the Edwards family
my thoughts and prayers are with you.

With love & fond memories.


Kristin Campbell Mccullough

October 30, 2020

Paul was my dad’s fraternity brother (Bruce Campbell) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and later his business partner in Cape Colony Builders. The Campbell kids (3) and the Edwards kids (3) grew up side by side. Paul and Gloria were “Dad-E” and “Mom-E” to us. My mother maintained the friendship of 60+ years until Paul’s passing. We are blessed with many memories of days spent with the Edwards. Loving thoughts to all who knew and loved him.

Julie Walsh Fawkes

October 29, 2020

So many found memories of Mr. Edwards growing up. The Hopkins Lane and Off Hopkins Lane family's were all close and everyone knew each other.
May he rest in peace.

Julie Walsh Fawkes


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