It is with great sadness that the DRPS announces the passing of our former Chief David John Edwards at the age of 64.
Chief Edwards passed away Dec. 12th at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. He was born and raised in Oshawa and joined the Oshawa Police as a cadet in April 1961. He took his oath of office as a police constable in April of 1963. When the Durham Regional Police was formed in 1974, he attained the rank of Inspector and was again promoted to Superintendent in the Fall of 1974.
He was made Deputy Chief of the DRPS in August of 1982 and became Chief of Police Designee in May of 1988, officially filling the role in December 1988. He served as Chief from that time until his retirement in 1993.
“Chief Edwards always fought for the frontline officers,” said Deputy Chief Chuck Mercier. “He always had the best of intentions at heart.”
A Police Attendance Funeral will take place on Monday, December 18, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at Kingsview United Church, 505 Adelaide St. E. in Oshawa. All Police Officers are requested to wear No.1 Dress uniforms. Visitation is at the Oshawa Funeral Service, 847 King St. W. on Sunday, December 17th, 2006 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the R.S. McLaughlin Durham Regional Cancer Centre or the Bowmanville Memorial Hospital Foundation in David’s memory.
Flags at all DRPS divisions will remain at half-staff until sunset on Monday, Dec. 18, 2006.
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Chief Edwards Drives his Namesake Vessel (JPG file, 166.5K bytes)