This is to advise that Warrant Officer Radio Instructor Carl James Niel EDWARDS of Michigan, USA K15304 crossed the bar.
Carl James Niel Edwards, 81 years of age of Livonia, Michigan passed away 16 December 2019 after a several years’ fight with a rare Parkinsonism disorder.
He was born on 16 December 1938 in Napier, New Zealand to Coral Isobel McInnes Edwards Robson and James Edwards. He attended Napier Boys’ High School. He married Nancy Lee Kendall on 24 June 1988 in Livonia, Michigan.
Between 1955 and 1974 Carl served in the Royal New Zealand Navy. Through intensive effort, he achieved early promotions and was Communications Officer for HMNZS Waikato, planning ship’s communication systems in Belfast Ireland, where it was built and commissioned in 1966. His last naval rank was Warrant Officer, Radio Instructor. When asked to become a senior rate officer he turned it down several times sure in the belief he would have more influence to achieve his goals at the appointed warrant level. With that standing, he helped and guided many along their career paths.
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His second career was in the automotive industry where he managed assembly plants in New Zealand, Australia and the U.S. for Nissan Datsun, American Motors Jeep and Chrysler Corporation. In 1989 he joined Chrysler= as Operations Director for Arab American Vehicles in Cairo, Egypt where he and Nancy lived until 1996. Carl helped to restructure that facility to obtain a non-military commercial/recreational market for the Jeep Cherokee in the Middle East. He also liaisoned with companies in Israel and Turkey. He retired in 2001.
In earlier days he achieved medals in swimming and shooting competitions. Cars were his hobby, and he was a member of the Auckland Car Club. In later years he worked to keep a beautiful valley property at home. He enjoyed the company of his family and friends and his special pets, Ned and Katya and later Ellie who made sure to watch over him.
He is survived by his loving Nancy; and from a previous marriage, his devoted daughter Donna Tapp and also daughter Gaylene and son Maurice. He is predeceased by loving parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins.
A memorial is being planned in the spring of 2020. Memorial donations may
be made to:
THE MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION FOR PARKINSON’S RESEARCH
DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE