Summerside man remembered for his kind heart and love of teaching

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SUMMERSIDE- Summerside has lost one of its most well-known and dedicated educators.

Glenn Edison was a devoted and loved teacher, principal and coach. He died Tuesday at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont. He was 62.

His daughter, Grace Edison, said her father had cancer and his health declined rapidly.

He will be greatly missed by his family, she said, though his legacy will live on in the lives of those who loved him.

For her, it will be his love of sports she will always remember.

Some of her earliest memories include spending time with him in gymnasiums and of generations of sports teams clamoring through her house for after-game celebrations.

“That was a huge part of my life. A huge part of his life,” she said.

Edison encouraged Grace and her sister to play sports throughout their education.

“He was the most supportive man in the world in terms of anything my sister and I wanted or needed to do,” she said.

As well, he never allowed his children’s gender to stand in their way.

“He always made sure my sister and I had equal opportunities as females. I played on lots of guys’ sports teams, and I think he did that for a lot of young girls.”

Looking back now as a grown woman with children of her own, she can truly appreciate how supportive he was.

Edison was certainly a prolific coach and had a special love for basketball.

“He lived to coach. He was always wanting to get kids into sports…my dad, I don’t know what he would have done without sports,” she said.

Garth Turtle worked with Edison at Three Oaks Senior High in the physical education department.

 “He has left a tremendous impression and influence on those kids,” said Turtle.

Edison effectively coached every sport, he said.

“He was a great teacher of sport and about life. That’s why he had such a positive influence on so many young men and women in our community. The legacy he left behind, you can see it every day.”

Bud Brander also worked with Edison and agrees he was an educator worth celebrating.

“He was a very good coach and he did an excellent job as a teacher,” said Brander.

Brander said he was an exceptional role model for staff and always had a student focus at heart.

He thought Edison was a hard worker and a good friend.

“I’m certainly going to miss him.”

Francois Caron was one of Edison’s many students.

They loved getting together to chat about old times, said Caron.

“We shared lots of laughs and lots of great times,” he said.

Edison always talked about his daughters because they were very special to him, he said.

 “I thought he was a fabulous coach and he was certainly a wonderful man.”

Throughout his successful career, Edison taught or administered at various schools across the Island.

However, it was at Summerside Intermediate School where Edison truly left his mark, said his daughter.

He was principal there for several years and oversaw the school’s expansion and redesign, and introduced new programs.

“That was his baby. I guess people refer to SIS as ‘the school Glenn built’,” she said.

A gathering will be held for Edison in the cafeteria of SIS on Wednesday, April 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. His family is calling it, ‘A time to share memories of Glenn.’ All are welcome.

 

 

 

Organizations: Valley Hospital, Summerside Intermediate School

Geographic location: Mississauga, Iceland

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  • Carry
    May 04, 2014 - 12:08

    He was the best principal ever. I learned so much from him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Joanne Sheen-Knight
    April 27, 2014 - 17:07

    Gayle and Grace: So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. He will be missed by many. We are out of province presently so will miss the gathering. There will be many happy memories to share. Take care, Joanne and Barry

  • Charles and Debbie
    April 25, 2014 - 11:10

    Glenn was a good neighbour, willing to help or lend you anything you needed. We had some good times going out to dinner with he and Shirley Anne. He will be missed.

  • Wendy Lundrigan
    April 25, 2014 - 10:37

    Glenn was a great man - all 3 of my children had him as principal of SIS and to this day respect him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • peter stone
    April 25, 2014 - 07:45

    I remember mr. Edison he was a great teacher, and a great man. sry for your loss

  • Barbara Burleigh
    April 24, 2014 - 20:36

    My deepest sympathy to the family. I was a fellow Principal in the Western School Board with Glenn and was very shocked to hear of his passing. Sorry we are out of the country presently and unable to show my support to you all in person. RIP

  • StephenClow
    April 24, 2014 - 19:15

    Thanks for the guidance Glenn. I can't begin to imagine the sheer number of lives this man has influenced in a positive manner. Many lessons of life and sport.