James Edwards

James J. "Copper" Edwards

Thursday, March 5th, 1931 - Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
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James J. “Copper” Edwards, Jr., 89, of Plattsburgh passed away Sunday, August 2, 2020 at the CVPH Medical Center with his loving family by his side. He was born in Plattsburgh on March 5, 1931 the son of James J. and Helena (Bates) Edwards. Copper served in the U. S. Army from 1950 to 1953 and received a purple heart and numerous other commendations. He retired from Imperial Mill after forty three years of service. Copper enjoyed playing softball, bowling, hunting and fishing. Copper was a Life member of the American Legion Post 20, VFW Post 125, B. P. O. Elks Plattsburgh Lodge 621 and of Our Lady of Victory Church.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Kathryn, a daughter Cheryl Tobrocke and a brother Jimmy.
Copper is survived by his loving companion of twenty five years Linda Mitchell, four sons; Bruce Edwards and his companion Linda Welch, Thomas (Mary) Edwards, Michael “Mickey” (Carla) Edwards, Stewart “Mitch” Mitchell, a son-in-law Kurt Tobrocke, seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date at Our Lady of Victory Church.
Entombment will be at the Plattsburgh Community Mausoleum on the Tom Miller Road.
Friends wishing may make donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh.
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Jeanne Forgette Forsythe

Posted at 08:55am
My heart is in Plattsburgh today with Linda, my cousins Bruce Edwards, Tommy, and Mickey and their families.
My Uncle Copper was a good man. He was a really good man and I have nothing but the fondest memories of him.
One of four children of Frank Forgette (his sister was Kathryn Forgette), the Edwards welcomed us every summer to help us create some of our most amazing childhood memories.
We stayed at our Aunt Kathryn and Uncle Copper's home on our visits. Welcoming four crazy, wild rambunctious young children into one's home is a much bigger deal than I could have imagined back then. Add to the fact that they had a pool and there was a small package store across the street. Well, that meant running in and out to swim, change, use the bathroom, grab change to buy candy and plop ourselves down to be served one of my Aunt's delicious Michigans. I actually never remember them once losing their patience with the addition of four kids in the house. In fact, I'd learn that my parents' wish was if anything happened to them, we'd be raised by the Edwards. I'm sure they kept their fingers crossed :)
Somewhere in here, I have to say the thing that stands out in particular that we Forgette kids still find endearing. Mickey, my sweet cousin who was always so ridiculously nice to us, was his beer "fetcher." I can hear Uncle Copper yell down the stairs to the basement "Mickey, get me a beer, eh?"
He was a man who worked hard, enjoyed life, loved a cold beer, a good chat and family.
I'm thrilled we had the pleasure of seeing him and Linda in 2004. I'm thankful I called him a few times after his beloved Cheryl passed. The four of us "kids" actually tried to plan a visit a few years back. It didn't work out for us and we'd hoped that would happen soon.
Lastly, due to my southern drawl, Uncle Copper nicknamed me "Farmer."
Thanks for being one of the good ones Uncle Copper.
Jeannie, aka Farmer

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