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Edward Nicholas King

February 1, 1936November 19, 2020
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KING, Edward Nicholas February 1, 1936 ~ November 19, 2020 Passed away peacefully at Lakeridge Health Oshawa on Thursday, November 19th, 2020 at 84 years of age. Beloved husband of Lorna King for 52 years. Predeceased by his parents Arnold and Amelia King and his mother-in-law Anita Manning. Loving father of Louise Spence. Devoted grandfather of Rolando, Nick, Phylicia, Mylene and Othniel and great-grandfather of Jahlissa and Jailah. Dear brother of Joyce and the late Glory, John, Ena and brother-in-law to Roosevelt I. He will be fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews Keith, Cheryl, Ephrem, Jeffery, Simone, Roosevelt II, Deborah, Melina, Anita and great-uncle to many. Due to COVID restrictions visitation will be by invite only at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234).

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Curtis Blaize

December 3, 2020

To my Uncle Eddy!
It has taken me awhile to draft this message because I'm still in disbelief that our mother earth will no longer feel your footsteps, hear your voice, or even smile and laugh by the mere sounds of your laughter.

I know very well why our Heavenly Father has called you home but it doesn't mean that it still doesn't cut like a knife.

Sincerely, you were the best Godfather ANYONE could ever ask for. You and Auntie Lorna were always there for me, Birthday Christmas, Anniversary and everything in between. I can't say enough, how much your laughter, smile and glowing personality will be terribly missed but deeply treasured.

My friends who met you 15yrs ago at my Rehearsal Dinner still remember you. That is a testament to your positive and infectious personality. I love you so much and I'm happy that I was able to be there for you especially in those last days. I take some comfort in knowing that I was able to contribute in some way in extending your final days here.

Rest easy Uncle Eddy, myself and the others will make sure to take good care of Auntie Lorna.

God Bless and Heavenly Father, you definitely called upon the best angel to join you in paradise!

Michelle & Andy Parnham

November 30, 2020

Uncle Eddie, You are loved beyond words and you surely will be missed beyond measure. We know dad (Earl de Pearl) was there to welcome you into the house of the lord. We thank you for being such a positive and bright light on this earth. We will always remember and treasure your light throughout the days of our lives. Rest in peace, until we meet again. Love, hugs & kisses.❤️🥰😘

Natalie Bonadie

November 30, 2020

To our sweet uncle Eddie.
One of the funniest and loving persons we know.

Auntie Lorna sending you so much love and prayers. We love you XO

Lots of blessings
Natalie and Baldwin

Heather Quan Chan

November 30, 2020

Sympathies to the King family at this time.

The Quan Chan Family

Marline Price-Jones

November 30, 2020

For the many beautiful memories shared with you and Lorna at Unity Church or hanging out at Julien’s, I thank you.
May the family have a peace that passes all understanding.
Healing light, love and comfort to the immediate and extended family.
Love and respect as you RIEP.

Marline Price-Jones

Simone O

November 30, 2020

You were such a great spirit. My Pizza Hut partner. Rest in Peace
Auntie Lorna may all the wonderful memories soften your grief.

Love Simone O

Jennifer Atkinson

November 30, 2020

Uncle Eddie was bigger than life when I was growing up. Visiting him and Auntie Lorna in Scarborough was a true adventure. When you walked into their home you were instantly transported back to 1970 with mustards and greens. The best part was the music. The Soca, Reggae, Jump up, Carnival, ran threw your veins from the moment you pulled in the driveway until you passed out on the car ride back to Oshawa. He always had a smile, a hug, great advice over coffee (when I was living down the road and fighting with my dad) He was true, he was real, he was family!!! He will be sadly missed xoxo Rest in peace

Donna Holness

November 30, 2020

Although my heart is heavy at knowing Eddie has gone on ahead, it is also filled with warmth and great gratitude for knowing he was in my life. He never ceased to share his home, music and most of all his love with all. A life well lived and well loved.

Lorna, may your heart heavy now soon be comforted in the memories and love you two shared. Paul and I hold you close in our hearts and prayers.

Ian and Michelle Baptiste

November 30, 2020

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Eddie, he will be remembered warmly.
May he Rest In Peace and love.

Ian and Michelle Baptiste

November 30, 2020

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Eddie, he will always be remembered warmly. May he Rest In Love.



Many things can be said about Edward Nicholas King. Known to friends and acquaintances as a friendly, energetic, empathic and decisive man, his compassionate nature would always shine through, revealing his charm, warmth and conscientious demeanor. He was warmhearted, gentle and organized in all the things he sought to accomplish. Edward was a mentor, a natural “teacher” capable of seeing things clearly, leading others and bringing out the best in all of those around him. He generally had a focus on harmony and peace.

      Edward was born on February 1, 1936 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. His parents were Arnold & Amelia King. Edward was raised in St. James, Trinidad & Tobago. When he was young, Edward's friends and family found that “straightforward” and “honest” were perfect words to describe him. Even as a child, Edward demonstrated strong qualities of self-confidence, perceptive ability and a disposition that was enjoyable to those around him.

      Edward grew up with four siblings. He had one older brother, John, one older sister, Glory and two younger sisters, Ena and Joyce. Edward was constantly involved in all sorts of activities with his family. He was even-tempered, taking care not to get involved in too many family conflicts. This quality served him well, in perpetually bringing harmony, understanding and a sense of peace to the family. Edward carried these traits into his adult life and served as one of many reasons why family and friends found him pleasurable and delightful to be around. Edward was a person who genuinely understood and cared for others, making powerful connections with those he knew.

      As a young boy, Edward was imaginative, ingenious, clever and a “novel” thinker. Regardless of whether his peers were older or younger, or came from different backgrounds, Edward could easily relate to other kids. He was an active child who took part in soccer and cricket, he was also in the Boy Scouts. However, to Edward, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      During his high school years, Edward had a natural flair for cheering on and applauding just about everyone. He was constantly offering his support and encouragement to fellow members of the groups and activities in which he participated. He graduated from St. Crispin's AC Primary School in 1953. He did well in school and genuinely enjoyed telling stories in a way that drew people to him. In this way, Edward had a talent for becoming the center of attention, a kind of social catalyst. Edward was often found to be the lead person facilitating a group activity, frequently filling the role of being “the life of the party.” Teachers and classmates knew Edward as an excellent listener. He placed a high value on learning and always understood that there was a new lesson to be grasped waiting for him just around the corner. His favourite class was English, and the teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Joseph.

      Always considered a “good” friend, Edward sought to understand the things that others enjoyed. For this reason Edward always seemed to possess a never-ending collection of acquaintances. Edward’s friends found him easy to know and get along with because of his talent for being socially at ease, adept at conversation, and always amiable in his dealings with others. Edward would always seek to learn what his friends enjoyed, and he would go out of his way to make sure that their needs were met. Edward was always seen as the type of person who was the more gracious giver. In fact, he sometimes felt ill at ease when he was the one on the receiving end. Throughout his life he had many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were Austin Seranneau, Eddy Best, Auther Moffat and Jackie Murray. Later in life, he became friends with Kenneth Crawford and stayed good friends with Jackie Murray.

      On September 28, 1968 Edward married Lorna Pamela Manning at the St. David's AC Church of Toronto, Ontario. Compassionate and devoted, Edward worked hard to make his new family happy. He was always generous with his time and this meant that Lorna came first in Edward’s book. He was always caring and made certain that he considered Lorna’s feelings. By trusting his emotions, Edward did his best to make sure that both the marriage and home life ran smoothly. This is just one more example of how Edward was truly a person of empathy.

      Edward’s quality of being a caring and tolerant person who was very accepting of others translated to being a good father to his children. Edward shared these values with his daughter, Louise Spence. Edward was also blessed with five grandchildren, Rolando, Nick, Phylicia, Mylene and Othneil, two great grandchildren, Jahlissa and Jailah and two great great grandchildren, Jaxon and Silas. Edward related well to children of all ages and was able to connect to them on their level. The children always loved him and he was completely and totally devoted to them.

      Edward experienced success in his work life over and over again. His primary occupation was as a Type Setter. He was employed for 37 years with the University of Toronto Press. Edward always made the effort to understand what was needed at work, and was well known by his colleagues as a team player. Edward took pride in managing his professional responsibilities and seemed to always know what was necessary to successfully complete a project. Edward was one to take the initiative and his skills at working cooperatively were highly valued. Edward continually sought to learn what his co-workers did well and how they were most effective, a talent that enabled him to help them develop their own potential.

      Because he was organized and methodical, Edward took great pleasure in his various hobbies. His favourite pursuits were Irish dancing, soccer and bowling. Edward enjoyed sharing his passions with others and could singularly focus on one hobby at a time.

      Edward derived much satisfaction from sports. Because he was so instinctive and could always grasp the big picture, Edward delighted in the strategy and inner workings of a competition. In high school, Edward played soccer and cricket. Recreational sports included bowling and soccer. Edward was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favourite teams' events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was hockey (Toronto Maple Leafs).

      Throughout his life, Edward was actively involved in professional and community organizations. With a talent for focusing in on exactly what was required to be completed, Edward was known to his peers as being able to strengthen any group endeavor. When called on, Edward was a natural leader who created harmony and good relationships within the group, often putting his own needs aside. Edward’s involvement could easily help structure and organize any part of an organization. An added benefit was Edward’s ability to bring valued principles along with him. In high school, Edward was a member of the Soccer & Cricket Club of Trinidad. Throughout his later years, Edward was an active member of the UFT Press Bowling Club.

      Edward’s faith was important to him. He was a member of the Unity Church of Truth. During that time, he was on the Entertainment Committee. He was compassionate and warm hearted, someone who truly cared for others and that was clearly demonstrated in his work with the congregation.

      Edward enjoyed travelling, and because he was so well organized, he would take on the responsibility of planning and scheduling all of the family vacations. His gift for keeping things lively meant that vacations with Edward were always enjoyable. Favourite vacations included the Bahamas.

      Edward was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Edward's favourite was Harley, a Chihuahua dog. They were best friends for 5 years.

      When Edward’s retirement finally came in 2004, he was well prepared. Being the focused and organized person that he was, Edward had taken care to plan for this part of his life. When that time eventually arrived, Edward knew exactly what he wanted to do. In retirement, he found new pleasure in volunteering in the church and social gatherings, and in the fitness club. Even in retirement, Edward continued to stay in touch with his old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Edward passed away from heart failure on November 19, 2020 at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa, Ontario. He is survived by his spouse Lorna, daughter Louise, grandchildren Rolando, Nick, Phylicia, Mylene, Othneil, great grandchildren Jahlissa and Jailah, great great grandchildren Jaxon and Silas, sister Joyce Campbell, nieces and nephews. Services were held at Oshawa Funeral Home. Edward was laid to rest in Western Cemetery, St. james, Trinidad & Tobago.

      Throughout his life, Edward was a gregarious and enthusiastic man. He was generous in sharing his personal attributes, giving and helping those he knew and loved. He would often fill the role of coach, bringing out the best in everyone. He was imaginative, original, tender hearted and easy to get along with. Edward leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and cherished memories. Everyone whose lives he touched will dearly remember Edward Nicholas King.