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EDMONDSON: William Alexander “Al” of Arva *Updated*

Posted By Haskett Funeral Homes On May 24, 2022 @ 1:05 PM In Lucan,Obituary | 121 Comments

EDMONDSON: William Alexander “Al” of Arva *Updated*

Peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 7, 2021, of Arva at the age of 76. Cherished husband and best friend of Eleanor (Schram) Edmondson for over 54 years. Proud father of David, and William. Dear brother-in-law of John and Aleana Schram, and Marcia Schram. Loving uncle of Elizabeth and Grady, Katherine and Andrew, Peter and Jen, Michelle, and Andrew. Predeceased by his parents, William and Kathleen (Leighton) Edmondson, aunts Jessie, Ada, and Mary, and uncle Jack and his wife Helen, cousin Sandra and Murry Nelson.

Al led a full life built around his pillars of community, integrity and honesty. Within that he was an explorer, a creative and a visionary in all aspects of his life. Al had an extremely rewarding teaching career spanning more than 35 years. He pushed the envelopes of how teachers taught and inspired staff and students alike to seek their full potential. No dream was bigger or more important than any other and Al did whatever he could to support those around him to grow to be better people. If there was a path to find a better solution Al would go down it and rally those around to join him as his equal.  He had a calmness and warmth that was uniquely his own and always acted with others’ best interest in mind. He was kind and gentle but certainly was not afraid to stand up for what he believed in and trusted his moral compass, and for good reason.

Al continued to follow his passion for community by serving as a proud member of the Ilderton Lion’s Club for over 40 years and in municipal politics, as a two-term councillor, Deputy Mayor and finally Mayor of Middlesex Centre Township for almost two decades including 2 years as Warden of Middlesex County. His success came from his simple quest to be authentic and do what is best for the community. Of course among all of his accomplishments throughout his life, his family remained his proudest achievement and greatest priority. He was a great husband and father and truly loved being both. Whether you knew Al as Mr. E, Big Al, Mayor Al or as the Mega Mayor, he always made people laugh, and feel welcome.

Al was fortunate to have some wonderful care during his time with his Amyloidosis diagnosis and wanted to send a sincere thank you to Dr. P. Teefy, and Kim for the unwavering support, nurses Subin, and Raji, Dr F .Rehman and Dr Van Dam, who all worked to ensure his comfort and facilitate his staying at home.

A private family memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13th at 11:30 AM with Reverend Shelia Macgregor officiating. Cremation with interment St. John’s Cemetery, Arva. Though the service is private, the family invites you to join from the comfort of your home. Stream the service live or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh.

Family and friends are invited to an informal gathering to celebrate Al’s extraordinary life at the family farm 14484 Eight Mile Road, Arva on Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 2 – 5 PM. Please join the family in sharing all of your stories and laughter as you remember Al. 

Donations to the London & Area Food Bank, Ailsa Craig & Area Food Bank, the Children’s Aid Society London & Middlesex, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.


Condolences for the family of “EDMONDSON: William Alexander “Al” of Arva *Updated*”

Condolence from Christene Scrimgeour on February 9th, 2021 2:26 PM

I cannot tell you how much I respected Al through my many years of working with him at Middlesex Centre. He could always be relied on to be a good sounding board and he definitely was one of the “good guys”. Your description of community, integrity and honesty describe him so well. I know how much he loved his family and it was evident you were his greatest joy. To all of you, my sincere sympathy – he will be so missed.

Condolence from Ilderton Agricultural Society on February 9th, 2021 2:35 PM

Ellen, Dave & Will;
Al was a great supporter of the Ilderton Fair. We valued his time as a volunteer-always with a smile and a wonderful attitude. Our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Sarah Chase on February 9th, 2021 3:25 PM

Mrs, Edmondson and family,
I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. E. was an amazing teacher and taught us so much more than the curriculum. He taught us how to become responsible members of the community. I am thankful to have been his student.
Sincerely, Sarah Chase

Condolence from Bill Knapp on February 9th, 2021 3:30 PM

Ellen and family… I was shocked and saddened to hear of Al’s passing. No one could have asked for a more empathetic or helpful colleague during my formative years as a teacher at Oxbow. I will always be grateful for having known him and for the privilege of working with him. He was a man of kindness, genuine love for his students and great integrity. I I send my sincere condolences and hope you find comfort and healing through the memories of what he brought to you and the world he lived in. Men like him are rare and I will cherish his memory!

Condolence from Lina and Greg Watterton on February 9th, 2021 3:51 PM

Ellen and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I very much enjoyed the many years working with and for him at London Township and Middlesex Centre. He was always genuine, fair and respected. A truly nice man, we’ll miss him.

Condolence from Scott Mairs on February 9th, 2021 4:11 PM

My sincere condolences to the Edmondson family. Mayor Al was one of the nicest people I have ever met and had the privilege to work with. He will be missed by all who had the opportunity to know him.

Condolence from Middlesex Centre Archives on February 9th, 2021 4:20 PM

Middlesex Centre Archives has lost a true friend and supporter. Without Al, there would be no Middlesex Centre Archives. He believed in the Archives and championed its founding. Thank you Al. You will be missed.

Condolence from Deirdre Oneil on February 9th, 2021 4:30 PM

Mr E to my three kids, Colleague in section 27 teaching with young offenders. Fellow lion. All round great guy. You will be greatly missed. Ellen, Dave and Will, We will be thinking of you.
Deirdre and Max

Condolence from Stephanie and Erick Boyd on February 9th, 2021 4:31 PM

Ellen and family – This obituary is a perfect tribute to a very special man. He was one of a kind and will be missed by many. We had great respect for Al. His commitment to the community and the people in it was evident in everything he did. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to know him. Heaven has gained a good one.

Condolence from Max Oneil on February 9th, 2021 4:31 PM

Mr E to my three kids, Colleague in section 27 teaching with young offenders. Fellow lion. All round great guy. You will be greatly missed. Ellen, Dave and Will, We will be thinking of you.
Deirdre and Max

Condolence from Bob and Nancy Manning on February 9th, 2021 4:34 PM

Sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was one of a kind!

Condolence from Murray D Morrison on February 9th, 2021 4:35 PM

Ellen, Dave & Will

So sorry to hear of Al’s passing. We had many good times at the ball field and arena. Hope all the memories will be cherished at this sad time. Our deepest sympathy.

Murray & Peggy Morrison

Condolence from Peter and Anna Geene on February 9th, 2021 5:12 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. We always admired his friendliness and his genuine interest in every individual he met.
God bless you and your family as you adjust to these new circumstances We will miss his presence at every Canada day from now on.
Sincerely from Peter and Anna Geene

Condolence from Bryan and Liz Graham on February 9th, 2021 5:33 PM

Ellen, Dave, and Will
Liz and I were saddened to hear of Al’s passing. I vividly recall our time together at Oakridge Secondary School, London Teachers’ College and The Middlesex County Board of Education. Al was elected Student Prime Minister at Teachers’ College and that experience may have helped prepare him for his role in politics in a life after teaching. He was a man of high integrity and a great role model for his students. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Chris Hunter (nee Howald) on February 9th, 2021 5:35 PM

Ellen and family,
Such a wonderful man. I am blessed to have known him as my teacher and Mayor. He was a pillar of our community; Always greeting everyone with a smile and handshake.
I will miss him greatly.
My thoughts and prayers will be with you all during this difficult time.

Condolence from Jim Dean on February 9th, 2021 5:54 PM

Mayor Al Peoples Pal will be missed by many. I had the privilege of speaking with him about community engagement activities, he was a good listener and a very kind gentle man.
Rest in Eternal Peace.

Condolence from John & Lisa Hedley on February 9th, 2021 6:16 PM

Dear Ellen and family
We are so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was a kind, friendly and fun loving man who touched so many lives. May all of your cherished memories help to heal your pain.
John & Lisa Hedley

Condolence from Joanne Kelly on February 9th, 2021 6:17 PM

Deepest sympathies to your family Ellen Dave and Will.. Mr E was definitely one of my favourite teachers and an amazing man! Loved al of my chats with him at lots of functions around Ilderton
Truly will be missed❤️
Joanne Kelly(Heighway)

Condolence from Helga Howald on February 9th, 2021 6:22 PM

Ellen, my deepest condolences, l was very sad to head of Als passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Chelsey Passmore on February 9th, 2021 6:32 PM

Ellen and family,
Sending prayers as you grieve during your time of loss. Al always had a friendly hello when I saw and big smile on his face.
Take care of one another.
~Chelsey (Manning) Passmore

Condolence from Barbara Johnson on February 9th, 2021 6:38 PM

Dear Ellen and Family
So sorry to hear of Al’s passing.
He was a wonderful person who inspired many.

Condolence from Cliff and Ruth Dickie on February 9th, 2021 6:41 PM

Ellen, our sincere condolences to you and your family. Al was a true friend and colleague from our days competing in sports and working together on Township Council. He will truly be missed for his commitment to the community.

Condolence from Barbara Johnson on February 9th, 2021 6:41 PM

Dear Ellen and Family
So sorry to hear of Al’s passing.
He was a wonderful man, who inspired many.

Condolence from Nancy Powers on February 9th, 2021 6:47 PM

I’m not even sure what to say Eleanor. I was saddened to hear about Al’s passing. I’d like to extend my deepest condolences. I will always remember Al’s big smile and the way he would laugh when I teased him about his height. Eleanor if there is ever a time you just want to chat and reminese about Al, please give me a call at 519-639-3239.
Nancy Powers

Condolence from Ann Charlton on February 9th, 2021 7:13 PM

Ellen, Dave & Will

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember him as a wonderful teacher but mostly for the trip out to the East coast.
This truly was an experience unlike any other and something I will never forget.

To Dave – my “Western” friend… take care of yourself, Mom and Will.

Deepest Sympathy – Ann (Loft) Charlton & Family

Condolence from Glenis Robson Hamilton on February 9th, 2021 7:34 PM

Ellen, Dave and Will.

Where do I begin. Mr E. was by the far the most influential teacher I had at Oxbow. I was not the best student and other teachers could have cared less about my needs but Mr. E. made me feel like I mattered. He made me feel more confident in myself. He liked me. It mattered to me. I was lucky enough to have him for grade 7 (for the first time) and then grade 8. So many memories. From going to Fort York to travelling to out east to Newfoundland and PEI. I remember his penmanship was impeccable, beautiful, an artist. He was at my wedding in 1990. When I was walking down the isle with my dad to my future husband, he was there. Our eyes connected and I started crying not because I was sad but because he meant the world to me. He always will. This news breaks my heart. The end of an era. I love you Big Al. You are forever in heart and mind. You will be missed Mr E. I love you.

God speed Ellen and boys. My thoughts are with you always. I wish I could be there. Xoxo.

Glenis

Condolence from Marci Damen on February 9th, 2021 7:58 PM

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I was one of the many, lucky students who knew him as Mr. E. A big man with a big heart who taught us more than academic skills. He provided a community to learn and be inspired us to be good people. He most certainly has left his mark in this world and will be missed greatly by so many.

Condolence from Rose Walton on February 9th, 2021 8:13 PM

Al Edmondson was a true gentleman who cared for his community and the people of Middlesex County. Al honoured the role of leadership and integrity. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Condolence from Carole Adam on February 9th, 2021 8:14 PM

Ellen and family. It is truly such sad news to hear of Al’s death. Like many, I was so blessed to teach at Oxbow with Al. He was always so encouraging and supportive of me in my first years as a teacher. I was constantly learning from how he taught with such passion for the kids. He had such amazing ideas to include all students in wanting to learn but at the same time, was a no nonsense teacher. I loved that about him. Al was so “down to earth” and spoke with truth and wisdom. He certainly had an amazing impact on my life as a teacher.
Thank you Al. You will be missed. I am truly grateful that our lives crossed paths.
Blessings and prayers.
Carole

Condolence from Jack & Dana Garrett on February 9th, 2021 8:32 PM

Dear Ellen and Family,
We were heartbroken to hear about Al’s passing. Our contact with him was mainly though the Lions club, but no matter where you saw him he always had a big smile & greeting for you that just lifted you up! Please take comfort in knowing that so many other people cared about him and will miss him deeply.
Sincerely,
Jack & Dana Garrett

Condolence from Keith & Liz Loft on February 9th, 2021 8:39 PM

Ellen & family,
We were sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I enjoyed working alongside Al at Middlesex Centre and the Ilderton Fair Junior dept. Al will be missed at the many community functions that he took part in.
Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Condolence from Tracey Mitchell on February 9th, 2021 8:50 PM

Mrs E, Dave and Will,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am truly saddened by this news. He was such an influential teacher in my life, and I have so many found memories of him and our class at Oxbow.
I loved getting the opportunity to reconnect with him through you Mrs. E, when I was older…and a teacher myself. I remember when I when I took students to your farm, and how proud i felt that he could see me doing for my students, what he did for so many students.
He was a joy, and so kind. Big hugs to all of you <3

Condolence from Kim Nurse on February 9th, 2021 8:55 PM

I regret hearing of the loss of our wonderful teacher and mentor. Being one of Mr.E’s students was truly a priviledge, a man who viewed the big picture with heart and kindness, he was truly unique. As a shy student, a tall girl,and an introvert, Mr E saw a students abilities and was determined to prove to you that you had talent and value. After asking me, and my refusal, he entered a poem I had written, to the Legion, and I won first place…never forgot that..and will never forget him, rest easy Mr E…….”when the going gets tough, the tough get going” Heartfelt condolences to all his loved ones, Kimberly(nee:MacIntyre) Nurse

Condolence from Karen Thirlwall on February 9th, 2021 9:00 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful human being. The last time I saw him was in a plane home from Vancouver after leaving Whistler and he and his wife brightened up my hours in the sky. He was so proud of Will and all he was doing out west. A life well lived and a big legacy left. You can’t do better than that.♥️
Much love to the family.

Condolence from Luther Poier on February 9th, 2021 9:05 PM

I am saddened to hear of Al’s passing and send my condolences to you and your whole family Ellen. Al taught all of us so much about life, goodness and community. For me, he did it as my baseball coach, my grade 7 teacher and a quiet role model that has come into my mind’s eye many times throughout my life. He was in so many ways ‘the best of all of us”. We were blessed to know him and feel his care. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Bill & Joan Dobbie on February 9th, 2021 9:06 PM

Sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Remember the good times and great memories. Rest In Peace Al

Condolence from Will Pierson/Heather Prout on February 9th, 2021 9:16 PM

Ellen, Dave, & Will
So very sorry to hear of Mr.E, Big Al, Mayor Al’s passing, Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time, he will be missed

Condolence from DAN ONEIL JR on February 9th, 2021 9:37 PM

mr edmonson thank you for teaching me for 2years your support was life changiingi tell everyone i can what you did for me i will always remember thank you DAN ONEIL JR

Condolence from Patricia McKinlay & Jason Shoebottom on February 9th, 2021 9:38 PM

We were saddened to hear the news of Mr E’s passing. He was such a kind, compassionate, amazing teacher. I have such fond memories of grade 8 at Oxbow. Jason remembering going to their house for Dave’s birthday parties as a kid. He was such an engaged teacher and made such an impact on so many people…he will be missed by many….we are so grateful to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Glenn & Sharleen Phillips on February 9th, 2021 10:25 PM

Ellen David & Will
So sorry to hear of Al’s passing.He lived a full life and we are all the better for having known him.
Cherish the memories and great times .Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time

Condolence from Karen Rae Short and Matthew Short on February 9th, 2021 11:08 PM

Ellen and family, reading all of these messages makes me even sadder that I did not actually meet Al. Knowing Ellen from singing together at Siloam, I heard many stories, and loved getting to know him through Ellen. It is a testament to Al that your sons came home from BC and stayed several months to be with you both. Sending our condolences and virtual hugs. Karen and Matthew

Condolence from Joan Robson on February 9th, 2021 11:13 PM

Ellen, Dave, Will.
I know Al is resting peacefully now ,but how we are all going to miss him! You have lots of wonderful memories…treasure them. Heaven has a new special angel today.

Condolence from Sean ONeil on February 9th, 2021 11:33 PM

Mr E, had a great impact on many of us, he a et a strong example for the importance of community and helping others. He helped point and push me in a good direction, and I will never forget the impact he had on me.

I am very sorry for you loss and my thoughts are with you. Mr E was a great man.

Condolence from Donna Mitchell on February 10th, 2021 5:36 AM

Dear Ellen and Family– I really believe Al knew how much he was loved by all who had the good fortune to know him ! I have many fond memories as far back as High School . I’m hoping you can find some comfort in the obvious love shown here for “Big Al” ! Thoughts are with you ! Donna

Condolence from Nancy Flanigan on February 10th, 2021 8:23 AM

Our Sincere Condolences
The staff at Excel Pharmacy

Condolence from Cheryl Grant on February 10th, 2021 8:34 AM

I’m so sorry to hear of Mr E’s passing. He was such a kind and compassionate man. His passion for teaching impacted so many people to reach for their dreams. Thinking of you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Gerald and Brenda Lenders on February 10th, 2021 8:58 AM

Ellen and family,
We are so sorry to read of Al’s passing, and extend our sympathy.
He has left all of you with such a wonderful legacy.
As you move through the coming days , we wish you comfort and strength, from the love and compassion, of family, friends and a community that will long remember him.

Condolence from marjorie and ernie taylor on February 10th, 2021 9:23 AM

dear Ellen and family. so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. Words cannot express how important he was to the schooling of our two boys. He went beyond anything that was expected of a teacher. Rest in peace Al. You did a great job while here on earth

Condolence from Lisa Giesen on February 10th, 2021 9:53 AM

Our Sympathies to Al’s family and friends.

Mr. Edmondson was my teacher many years ago at Oxbow Public School. He was an amazing, kind, and one of the greatest teachers I had. The best thing he taught me was courage and perseverance. I remember when Mr. Edmondson had an accident cutting his fingers. My mum also had an accident and lost two of her fingers on a press at her job, at a young age.
In gym class we were learning “dance”. His hand was bandaged up. He asked for a volunteer to dance with to show the class the dance steps. I volunteered and got to dance with my teacher!! I’ve always remembered that day!!
I believe Al is in the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ at peace and surrounded with love.

Condolence from Bev and Barbara Shipley on February 10th, 2021 10:18 AM

Dear Ellen, Dave and Will,
We are so sorry for your great loss. We first met when Barb and Al taught together but friendship grew as Bev and Al worked together for so many years on Middlesex Centre’s Council and on Middlesex County Council. Al was always full of encouragement and created an atmosphere of respect and integrity whether in the classroom or on council.
May all of you be comforted and gain strength from the many, many wonderful memories that you share. We are holding each of you up in prayer and miss Al .

Condolence from Sandy and Homer Rath on February 10th, 2021 11:18 AM

Remembering Al and family when we lived as a neighbour on the eighth concession. Such good fun with the pumpkin contest.
A life well lived. Our thoughts are with you Ellen and boys.
Sandy and Homer Rath

Condolence from Lee Orphan on February 10th, 2021 11:30 AM

I was truly saddened to hear of Al’s passing. As others have said, he was a key person in so many lives, supporting, mentoring, inspiring, and embedding concepts of moral behavior that have had effect far beyond Middlesex County.

For me he was a teacher at Oxbow who recognized grammar was not my strength, and he provided an extra week of focused grammar teaching at the end of summer vacation before school started. It gave me the confidence to improve rather than give up. He posted messages at the top of our classroom with inspiring and guiding themes, such as, “freedom is the right to do what you ought to do, not what you want to do”. That message and others, have stuck with me for over 40 years.

His summer trip with a school bus load of kids out to the East Coast of Canada was epic. I have so many happy memories of that trip, and still pull out my old snapshots with fondness.

I occasionally bumped into Al over the years since then, he remained a happy, positive person who was a pleasure to chat with.

Al, you will be missed by many.

Condolence from Derek Bindner on February 10th, 2021 11:37 AM

My condolences to the family. Mr. E was truly one of the greatest teachers that represented the profession in the best light. He always acted with the utmost integrity, and genuinely wanted to help everyone reach their human potential. He has been one of my inspirations, and has positively impacted so many lives. Thank-you Mr. E.

Condolence from Graham Hayhoe on February 10th, 2021 11:43 AM

Ellen and family,
I am a fortunate man to have crossed paths with Al. My thoughts are with you !
A good man. Good fun. Good memories.
Graham Hayhoe

Condolence from Serena Moro on February 10th, 2021 12:08 PM

My family and I are saddened to learn of Al’s passing. Al was a pleasure to deal with. I always enjoyed our interactions and conversations. His calm demeanour and warm smile made a difference. And, as Mayor, he always had the time and inclination to truly listen to concerns and comments and to respond appropriately. Sincere condolences to Ellen and family. He made a mark and he will be missed. Rest In Peace, Al.
In sympathy,
from the entire Moro family: Lory, Mary Ellen, Serena

Condolence from Mabel Needham on February 10th, 2021 12:35 PM

Sorry to hear of Al’s passing.
Mabel Needham

Condolence from Jackie Wells on February 10th, 2021 12:35 PM

Dearest Ellen,
I am so very sorry for this deep loss. As I reflect on Al Edmondson, I smile. I met Al while working with VON. We accomplished many policies together. Although we worked hard, we usually did so while laughing. Just a few memories are in regards to his big feet & how often he would trip over them. And many would not know that Al is responsible for the aerial view of VON friends, forming our name which was used on brochures across the country for many years.
Al Edmondson was a great man. A man that I am honored to call my friend.

Condolence from Wayne Potts on February 10th, 2021 12:43 PM

It was with sadness and surprise that I learned about the passing of my high school friend and competitor. I can still remember all the basketball and football games we competed against one another. He was a great guy and will be missed by all that knew him.

Condolence from Mary Loft on February 10th, 2021 12:45 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May loving memories comfort you and give you strength through this time of sorrow.

Condolence from Mary Loft on February 10th, 2021 1:02 PM

Ellen and family
Please accept my deepest sympathy. Al was such a friendly man with a great smile.
May your wonderful memories bring you comfort and give you peace.

Condolence from Delbert Shewfelt-Former Mayor of Goderich on February 10th, 2021 1:53 PM

My condolences to Al’s family. Have known Al for many many years and lots of dealings through Association meetings. He was a very smart man and always had great information and ideas to pass on.

Condolence from Donald & Sharon Appleby on February 10th, 2021 1:56 PM

Spud and I were shocked and saddened to hear of Al’s passing. He was a funny, caring man. All the years we worked together at Craigwood, our days always started with everyone meeting in the kitchen and sharing coffee and lots of laughter. Our deepest condolescences.

Condolence from Gary Sutherland on February 10th, 2021 1:59 PM

Eleanor
Very sorry to hear of Al’s passing.
My heart felt sympathy to you and family.
I was a classmate of Al’s for 5 years back in the 6o’s at HBBeal secondary school in the pre engineering and pre according course..
I have many fond memories of those happy days.
Most memorable was our graduation beach party at Ipperwash beach.
Each of us from that class have moved on with our lives and many of us lost touch but the happy memories are cherished.
Gary Sutherland

Condolence from Rene &Maria Van Bommel on February 10th, 2021 2:04 PM

Dear Ellen; We send our thoughts and prayers to you and the entire family. Whenever I think of Al I think of a tall man in Canadian maple leaf pants walking with the greatest confidence at Canada Day events in Middlesex Centre. There was never a time one didn’t see a smile on his face. The moment he saw anyone the biggest grin would come across his face. We truly hope that beautiful memories will overtake the sadness of these days.

Condolence from Chris Robson on February 10th, 2021 2:17 PM

Ellen & family
Sorry to hear about Al. You and Al were always friendly faces on the odd equine emergency.RIP

Condolence from Sabrina Langill on February 10th, 2021 2:27 PM

Ellen & family, my deepest sympathies to you during this difficult time. Al was a kind, honesty , thoughtful and true gentleman! He is truly part of my many happy memories at the County and my dad still asks about him after meeting him at the IPM in Glencoe. He truly had an impact on everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. He will be fondly remembered.

Condolence from Cathy Saunders on February 10th, 2021 2:33 PM

As Al’s former Planner, Clerk and CAO, I have nothing but fond memories of a supportive and kind gentleman. My husband John and I remember fondly, the happy times of sharing the Canada Day parade activities with Al in his Canada Day “jammies”, sitting on the back of a pick up truck, being driven (not very well, I might say) by me. I have a few good curling memories with him as well. Al will always have a very special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ellen and Family.

Cathy Saunders and John Fracasso

Condolence from Bob and Nancy Rushton on February 10th, 2021 2:34 PM

We were very saddened by the news of Al’s passing. He was certainly well known and well liked within the Middlesex community. He was a great teacher, a great community person and a great Lion. We will especially remember his strength of character and of course that big smile of his. Our sincere condolences.

Condolence from Linda Grace on February 10th, 2021 2:58 PM

Dear Ellen,
I was so saddened to read of Al’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely,
Linda Grace

Condolence from Sarah Corman Dahl on February 10th, 2021 2:59 PM

Ellen and Family,
I am sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I enjoyed my time working with Al at Middlesex Centre. He was respected and always so kind and thoughtful to everyone.
Sarah Corman Dahl

Condolence from Wes & Christine Hodgson on February 10th, 2021 3:21 PM

To Ellen, David & William
We were sad to hear that Al had passed. Our deepest condolences. For several years Wes had the privilege and enjoyment, of serving with Al on Middlesex County Council. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult and sad time. Cherish the memories.

Condolence from John & Mary Walls on February 10th, 2021 3:44 PM

Ellen, Dave & Will;
It was a pleasure to have known Al. He had a great personality and enjoyed working with him in Minor Hockey, Lions, London Township Council and other events. Al was a good friend to many and he will be missed. Thinking of you.

Condolence from Kathy McNaughton on February 10th, 2021 4:47 PM

It is sad news to hear of Al’s passing. Condolences to all of his family. Al’s friendly greetings and caring ways will always be remembered by the community.

Condolence from Tom and Mary Ann McLaughlin on February 10th, 2021 4:56 PM

Ellen and Family – our sincere condolences on the passing of a dear husband and father. For several years I had the privilege, and enjoyment, of serving with Al on Middlesex County Council. He will be missed by so many in the community he served. Cherish the many memories you have as they will last you a life time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Condolence from Marie Bannon on February 10th, 2021 5:33 PM

Dear Eleanor & family – Sincere condolences on Al’s passing. My late husband Jack & I always had much admiration and thanks towards Al for his kindness and care in helping to form and make Mark the fine young man he is. in academics, sports, and personality. He will be greatly missed by the Ilderton area.

Sincerely yours,

Condolence from Clare & Wendy Bloomfield on February 10th, 2021 5:42 PM

Ellen and family, we are sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you

Condolence from Dee Hoevenaars on February 10th, 2021 6:29 PM

Ellen and Family so sorry to hear of Al’s passing! We have many Wonderful Memories of working along side of Al! He was a Gentle Man and respected and loved by All! Special Thoughts and Prayers during this very difficult time.

Frank & Dee

Condolence from Steve Evans on February 10th, 2021 6:56 PM

Ellen and Family,
As the former Planner for Middlesex it was my privilege to work with Al who was such a great man and a respected politician. I especially remember the time we spent together working on the Middlesex County Plowing Match and how hard you both worked in making that such a success. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time.
Al will be missed.

Condolence from Marian Smibert on February 10th, 2021 7:03 PM

Dear Ellen and David and Will: Mom and I were truly saddened to hear that you had lost Al. I first met Al in 1976 when I arrived at Oxbow School as a new teacher and it seemed like that was the start of many wonderful encounters I would have with Al including being on the staff at the Section 27 together and taking part in the annual July 1 breakfast in Bryanston dressed in all our wonderful Canada Day finery and after donating blood at the Ilderton Community Centre it was often Al who served me my refreshments and we could get caught up on our recent travel escapades. One funny incident I remember when David and Will were young was the 2 of them coming in to Oxbow School with their mother and I noticed that one of them had one blue boot on and one red boot. I commented on the nice boots and he said “My brother has a pair just the same. ” I had the honour of decorating the cake for your 40th wedding anniversary. Mom and I were honoured to attend that event too. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you get through this difficult time in your life. He was a very fine man indeed.

Condolence from Pat Edgerton (Dawson) on February 10th, 2021 7:10 PM

Ellen and family…I was so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. I have fond memories of Al at Oakridge SS. He was a fine man, and will be missed. May your many good memories of your life together help to sustain you in your loss.

Condolence from Colleen Rollings on February 10th, 2021 7:32 PM

I’m so sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was one of my first soccer coaches, and with those memories, I’m still playing today!! What a wonderful man. I always loved to see him at community functions when I was home for a visit!!
My sincere condolences to all of you: Ellen, Dave and Will.

Condolence from Greg Brady on February 10th, 2021 8:29 PM

Ellen, Dave, & Will — I’m so sorry to hear the news of Al’s passing. He taught me in 84-85 and we were a loud group, some of us were, anyway – and he’d get loud with us sometimes, in a good way! I can’t begin to tell you what a perfect fit “Mr E.” was for “Grade 8” and how ideally he prepared us for the high school years ahead. We didn’t talk then now about the rollercoaster ride of being young and the ups and downs and how you have to push through things to get where you need to, but Al was brilliant at spotting when you needed a pep talk, and when you needed a bit of a non-physical kick to get working harder in academics or athletics or getting along.

You don’t realize moving on to high school that it’s hard to have that “personal connection” with teachers at that level – you can rediscover that in university, but you’re close to an adult by then. I remember thinking that in the early days at Medway, that what we had with “Mr. E.” was special.

I last ran into him when my dad & I were next to him and a friend at a London Knights game in 2002 – he remembered everything about me and was so encouraging, and everyone deserves to have a few teachers like that as they move us forward.

I’m sorry for your loss and do know the impact he had on so very, very many of us who crossed his path. He left an indelible footprint with so many of his students.

Condolence from Deborah and Rich Hunter on February 10th, 2021 11:05 PM

Rich and I were very saddened to hear of Al’s passing, we offer our deepest condolences to your family. Al was a classy man. What a great loss to our Community

Condolence from Susan Cook on February 11th, 2021 5:03 AM

Dear Ellen, I was so saddened when your son told me of Al’s passing. He was a definite presence in the community and always showed such a positive attitude in everything he did. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Arnold P. Hull Middlesex County Board of Education Principal on February 11th, 2021 7:32 AM

Eleanor, David and William
Al leaves for all who knew him a remarkable legacy. I remember him as a principled person who acted with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual group and community. He always amazed me with his work obligations and recreational activities without sacrificing his responsibilities to his family. My sincere condolences.

Condolence from Jim and Marian REITH on February 11th, 2021 8:32 AM

What a wonderful person! May he rest in peace.

Condolence from Colleen & Murray Hunt on February 11th, 2021 8:32 AM

Dear Ellen, Dave and Will,

Our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of Al. He was such a wonderful man of integrity, so kind and humble.

Ellen, you and Al were extremely kind to me when I was your tenant approximately 20 years ago. I was treated like family and you both were so welcoming and kind to my family and friends. I cherish those memories.

Murray and I fondly remember Al’s toast at our wedding reception. He was a special person and will be dearly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

Colleen (Foran), Murray and Bridget Hunt

Condolence from Susan Miko on February 11th, 2021 10:13 AM

Dear Ellen, David and Will
Al was a wonderful man and we remember how kind, thoughtful and caring he was in all his interactions with the community. Our kids remember what a great coach he was and how his positive encouragement helped them to enjoy soccer and gain confidence . We are deeply saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Alex and Susan Miko and family

Condolence from Bill and Marilyn Hack on February 11th, 2021 10:34 AM

Dear Ellen, Will and Dave, we are so sorry to hear of Al,s passing. We got to know your family through hockey when Al coached Tom . Those were great times. Al was so good with those young lads. Always fair and gentle. The boys looked up to him. Our prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.
Bill and Marilyn

Condolence from Grace Rollings on February 11th, 2021 2:31 PM

Grace Rollings
We always enjoyed a chat with Al at our children’s sports events or at community events in later years. Our sincere condolences to Ellen, Dave and Will at this difficult time.
Clarke and Grace Rollings

Condolence from Bob Petrie on February 11th, 2021 4:50 PM

Ellen, Dave and Will
Im so sorry for your loss, I was saddened by the news. When we think about all the the good times we had it was always a pleasure to be with you Ellen and Al. It didn’t matter if it was work or play, a dinner or a dance we have great memories .
Thanks Al. It was a honour to have you as a friend
Bob

Condolence from Mallory Dow on February 11th, 2021 5:53 PM

I was so very saddened to hear about Al’s passing. What a very generous and kind man. I will always remember how loving you both were to Toby and how you made me feel so welcomed when I would visit. Ellen, may you hold his memory close and know how much he was simply adored by many. My most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Condolence from Barbara Janelle on February 11th, 2021 7:57 PM

Dear Ellen, Dave and Will,

I think of Al and remember his smile, his kindness and his engagement in life. He touched the lives of so many people and made such a wonderful contribution to Middlesex County.

It was an honor to know him and be in his presence.

You are in my thoughts and prayers. And I wish I could be with you and give you each a long hug.

Much, much love to you,
Barbara

Condolence from Joan Clubb Morley on February 11th, 2021 11:31 PM

Ellen,David and William
I’m blessed to have had this astounding man have a influential part in my life !
I was fortunate to have Al as a teacher in grades 7 and 8. A time when you are so receptive and impressionable trying to figure out your way in life, options and become a beneficial member of your community. Al was there giving you lessons and tools to figure it out, leading by example !
Al took us on an an amazing east coast trip for 2 weeks. 30 or so grade 7 and 8 students, 3 chaperones and his family in a school bus and a pickup truck. Our parents probably thought he was delirious, demented, but they absolutely trusted him. Al’s classroom went mobile ! Al and Ellen let me stay in their home for 2 days before we left so I could go.
Teacher extraordinaire !
Through the years whenever we ran into each other there was always a heartfelt hug and time to chat.

I look at his picture, his eyes, his smile,
gives you an accurate depiction of the man ! Precious, genuine, candid, honest original, faithful, straightforward, respectful, my interpretation of my teacher and friend !
Al’s life hasn’t ended because of the enormous amount of lives he has touched, his memory goes on and on !
Hugs and love 💓

Condolence from Lynda Stokes on February 12th, 2021 2:08 AM

This is such sad news. Mr. Edmondson was my grade 8 teacher at Oxbow. He was really exceptional, I think in large part because he was such a tremendous role model for us. He taught with joy and that slightly wry smile. He had a knack for cultivating talent and confidence at what I now appreciate can be a terribly awkward and confusing age. He made us feel seen and that we mattered. He demonstrated considerable empathy and kindness to kids who I suspect had rougher home lives than mine. He introduced us to woodworking! He was as warm, engaged and charismatic as ever when I would run into him as an adult at the Ilderton Fall Fair, or a Lions thing or, probably the last time I saw him, my Dad’s visitation. Mrs. Edmondson and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Condolence from Prof. Jan Shepherd McKee on February 12th, 2021 8:09 AM

Heartfelt sympathy to the family from a former student who was inspired by Mr. Al Edmondson.

Condolence from Murray Manson on February 12th, 2021 10:09 AM

Dear Ellen and family-So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and great friend.
Thoughts and prayers with you. Love
Murray and Kathy Manson

Condolence from Stuart and |Cathy Cunningham on February 12th, 2021 10:27 AM

Dear Ellen and Family,
As Siloam Church friends, Stuart and I wish to extend to you our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear husband Al.
May God’s Blessings hold you and your family close in His care.
Sincerely,
Stuart and Cathy Cunningham

Condolence from Don & Elvy Urbshott & Wayne and Julie on February 12th, 2021 11:13 AM

Dear Ellen and Family,

Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us everyday,
Unseen, Unheard, but very near,
Still missed, still love and very DEAR.

Condolence from Debbie Heffernan on February 12th, 2021 11:52 AM

Ellen and family, our sincere condolences- Al always had a big smile and time for everyone ! He will be missed by our community.
Debbie and Terry Heffernan

Condolence from Monte McNaughton on February 12th, 2021 12:18 PM

To Ellen and Family,

It was an honour to have known and worked with Al in his role as mayor and as a concerned and informed constituent. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Condolence from Cynthia Cragg on February 12th, 2021 1:49 PM

Ellen and Family, We are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
Graydon and Cynthia Cragg

Condolence from Pat and Rick Woods on February 12th, 2021 3:37 PM

To Ellen and Family:

We are so sorry to hear of Big Al’s passing. He was always the gentleman in every meeting, crowd and gathering of which he was a part. He was the consummate teacher, warm and encouraging to everyone in his care. He leaves a large space in the community which will be hard to fill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.

Condolence from George Webb on February 12th, 2021 7:57 PM

Ellen and family I lived in the same area of south London as Al. He moved the year I move there so I didn’t meet him but all my friends would talk about him and what a great guy he was. When I started a wood working shop I met him. He had a shop and would sell wood.. Always honest and fair. When he became a member of council I found him still helpful, still honest and forward thinking. He supported the green initiatives of electric cars and solar panels and he spent time with my son and others supporting their environmental efforts. He will continue to be missed for a long time.

Condolence from Jo-Anne Schyvenaars on February 12th, 2021 8:25 PM

It was an honour to work with such a wonderful man. Al helped settle me into the beginning of my teaching career almost 30 years ago. His natural comfort and supportive style with his students was inspirational. It was wonderful to see how our at-risk students trusted and respected him. I always strived to live up to the high standards modelled by Al, he was an extraordinary mentor. My deepest condolences to Ellen and family. May all your cherished memories help you in these difficult times.
Jo-Anne Schyvenaars

Condolence from David and Joan Elston on February 12th, 2021 8:57 PM

Ellen and family, our sincere condolences to all of the family at this sad and difficult time.

Condolence from Barry McNaughton on February 13th, 2021 11:00 AM

Thoughts go out to Ellen and the boys! Mr E was a gentle giant with a large heart for teaching! He taught us to believe in ourselves! He will be missed by many but thanks for 2 great years of teaching me 7 and 8 and the trip to the East Coast! He introduced me to camping as a dairy farm family we didnt camp on getaways!! So off on a school bus to the East Coast and back! What a blast! Thank you Mr Edmondson!! I always drive by Oxbow and think of Mr E!!
Rest in Peace!!

Condolence from Ann Meyer on February 13th, 2021 11:21 AM

Dear Ellen and Family,
Joe and I are very sorry for your loss of a very special gentleman.
I miss Al’s hugs and smiles at Middlesex Centre. I miss standing in a conversation with Joe and Al .. feeling extremely safe with them towering over me. Al presented my Daughter with her Canada Cord … plus so many many more special memories …. Al may have left us in this life but he will never ever be forgotten ❤️
May he rest in peace.

Condolence from hugh lynch on February 13th, 2021 11:23 AM

TO ELLEN AND FAMILY,SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.AL WILL BE MISSED BY MANY AND REMEMBERED AS AKIND GENEROUS PERSON WHO CARED FOR AND DONATED HIS TIME TO HIS COMMUNITY. SINCERELY HUGH AND LORRAINE LYNCH.L

Condolence from Joan Winkler on February 13th, 2021 11:47 AM

Ellen, Dave and Will,

A beautiful tribute to Al, a man who touched the lives of so many in such a meaningful way

Thinking of you
Teri, Kim and Joan

Condolence from Donna Robertson on February 13th, 2021 12:23 PM

Dear Ellen and family,
On behalf of the Alma College Alumnae, please accept our condolences to you for your loss.
We are thinking of you.
Donna Robertson

Condolence from Donald Schram on February 13th, 2021 12:42 PM

We send our condolences to you Ellen & your family on Al’s passing .

Don & Helen Schram ,St Thomas

Condolence from Melanie Stanley on February 13th, 2021 9:34 PM

As an alumnus of Oxbow — Mr E. is how he is known to me. Many a student will remember his famous handstands and the ensuing pocket treasures that would spill out. I remember how for a family without a second car, he would pick up me and my siblings on #4 Highway so we could attend early morning sports team practices. He made a point of encouraging my interest in English by finding mentors from secondary school to come and speak to me about future studies in English. He in turn wanted me to tutor younger students — maybe he saw the potential teacher in me. When he brought a small group of us to our first Gilbert & Sullivan play in Stratford he said to me — I think you’ll be coming back a lot to this place Melanie. I have many memories of the specific actions he took to expand my world. His family should know that he made a positive impact — the best trait of a teacher.

Condolence from Rob and Cheryl Schram on February 14th, 2021 12:28 PM

Dear Ellen, Will, and David,

We were sorry to hear of Al’s passing. He was a wonderful person in so many ways. He was kind, understanding, thoughtful, hard working, and loved his family. He will always be remembered.

Condolence from Lisa (Moore) Mangiarelli on February 14th, 2021 1:10 PM

Will and family, may you have lots of love and support during your time of grief and many memories that bring you happiness.
Heartfelt condolences.

Condolence from Wilf Fryday on February 15th, 2021 7:56 PM

A friend told me about Al’s death the other day, and I was saddened. Although, our lives have drifted apart in recent years, since we moved away from Arva, I remember Al as a good friend and colleague, to begin with, and then as our Mayor in Middlesex Centre for many years. During that time, we had many discussions about life and conditions in Midd’s’x Centre.

In contemplating writing this tribute, I wondered if very many of those who knew Al, knew him as “Big Al,”as we did in educational circles in London. I soon discovered, when I read the obit, that many did. Al was first an educator. He taught elementary school but one of his specialties was geography. I was a geography head for many years in a variety of high schools in London and organizer of the London Geography Teachers Association. Al attended our meetings regularly.

Al was also a man of strong faith. We pray that his wife and family will find solace in that, and depend on God for strength in this time of sorrow.

Wilf Fryday

Condolence from Margo Collver on February 16th, 2021 1:10 PM

Ellen & Family. Keith and I were saddened to hear of Al’s passing and have been thinking of you and remembering so many good times! Thank you so much for sharing your husband and father with so many people. Big Al to many, but always Mr. E to me – he was an amazing teacher, and a wonderfully kind person whose memory will live on in the many people and projects he touched.
Keith and Margo (Robson) Collver

Condolence from Cara Finn on February 16th, 2021 8:22 PM

Words cannot adequately express my sadness in hearing of Al’s passing.

From the day I met him nearly 20 years ago, Al was such a genuinely kind and commanding individual.

An absolute gentleman, Al was always there with a friendly smile and an encouraging word. He saw the best in people and his love for his community and family was immeasurable.

Al will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Condolence from Rebecca McClure (Becky Gray) on February 21st, 2021 11:04 PM

Mr. Edmondson (The BigE to me) was my grade 8 teacher at Oxbow and a true mentor and friend to all. I have so many, many memories, some being: that twinkle in his eye, him convincing the landowners next to the school to allow us to run cross-country through their farm, learning to X-country ski, learning how to use a router, being allowed to design the Ilderton Park, the tears in his eyes when he told me his son had had an operation on his eyes and had seen birds on a wire for the first time, orienteering, survival game, his many sayings that have stood me well as I navigated life after grade 8 including “Of all your troubles great and small, the greatest are those that don’t happen at all!”
Thank you forever Mr. E, and to your family for sharing you so generously with all of us.

Condolence from Morag KINCHLEA on February 25th, 2021 3:37 PM

Dear Ellen – I was so sorry to hear of Al’s death and offer my sincere sympathy at this sad time.

Blessings and stay safe.

Condolence from Mike & Gail Loyens on May 28th, 2022 8:19 PM

I’m very sorry to hear about your loss.
Al was a great fellow and I always had a nice conversation with him when I ran into him.

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