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Andrew Wilson Edmonds

Andrew Wilson Edmonds passed away exactly as he wanted to: peacefully and at home on January 14, 2023. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware he graduated from The Hill School and MIT. He was a Lieutenant in the US Navy, an engineer and a fixer of broken toys.

Over the years, he resided in Delaware, Massachusetts and his beloved Vero Beach, Florida. Andrew was a lifelong member of The Wilmington Club, The New York Yacht Club, The Key Largo Anglers Club, The Oyster Harbors Club and The Wianno Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Quail Valley River Club.

Andrew was an avid participant in The Classic Car Club of America and took great pride in collecting Cadillacs, especially the very rare V16 Cadillacs. Over the years he collected two complete fire departments of antique fire engines including a 1929 Seagraves Pumper with questionable brakes which lead to some hair raising rides through Boston.

However, he took the most pride in his support of rescued big cats at the Central Florida Animal Reserve where he adopted tigers, lions, and leopards. He knew all their names and had pictures of each around his office. Adopting tigers actually started on childhood trips to F.A.O Schwartz where he always chose stuffed tigers to take home. He and his late wife Marsha also become adopters of countless rescued English Mastiffs. Dogs who had never known a safe and loving home lived out their lives in comfort and style.

He did not like to wear suits or even ties. Shoes were boat shoes or if truly forced, a pair of loafers. In his younger days he set the fashion bar with vibrantly colored shirts with miraculously matching socks and appropriately contrasting shorts. Madras pants were for evening. He preferred leftovers for breakfast, Coors Light (which he will pour himself, thank you very much), anything with gravy and everyone else’s desserts.

Andrew is predeceased by his wife, Marsha Kelsey Edmonds, his parents George P. and Natalie du P. Edmonds and his brother George P. Edmonds, Jr. He is survived by his son Andrew W. Edmonds, Jr. and his wife Dr. Maura F. Edmonds, of Wilmington, Delaware, his granddaughter Barbara A. Edmonds of Brooklyn, NY, his grandson Andrew W. Edmonds, III of Wilmington, Delaware and his sister in law Sally R. Edmonds of Cambridge, Massachusetts as well as many nieces, nephews and his former stepchildren Sanderson H. Carney, Donna C. Heussler and Hans S. Heussler. He is also survived by Bella, his most recent English Mastiff rescue and two enormous koi fish.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Central Florida Animal Reserve, 500 Broussard Road, St. Cloud, FL 34773, or The Mastiff Rescue of Florida, mastiffrescuefl.org. Please pat your dog.

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    Amber Ortiz lit a candle and writes,
    What a year. So sad to hear of Andy's passing this week. His obituary is spot-on. They loved those tigers at CFAR and all of their mastiffs; and I'll always remember their tropical attire - boat shoes for him and flip flops for her. I truly appreciate the reference to "Coors Light (which he will pour himself, thank you very much)" and I'm sure the servers at Quail will too!! I will miss Aunt Marsha and Uncle Andy. So many memories.
    01/18/2023 03:09 pm
    Patricia Rode lit a candle
    01/18/2023 04:26 pm
    Avis Daly lit a candle and writes,
    I vividly remember the times the ladies would be playing bridge in the guest house and you would come over to say hello and see what snacks we had. Chat for a bit have bite to eat then go to big house for your lunch.
    01/18/2023 04:55 pm
    Jonathan W Kelsey lit a candle and writes,
    Safe trip…. Say hello to Marsha… Thanks for the memories… Love Jon
    01/18/2023 05:18 pm
    Jamie Collins writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you lay Uncle Andy to rest. It seems unreal that it has not been a year yet since Aunt Marsha passed away…. I am sure she was there to meet him. Uncle Andy, Thankful for SO many memories! ! Loved dinner chats & sharing my steak with you(you taught me to cut my steak many years ago) you teaching Adalyn to touch the elevator button with her knuckle (which she still does), encouraging our boys to learn REAL history, all the fun trips over the years, evening swims, boat rides, antique cars & firetrucks! You made some sweet cousins dreams come true, You picked out the best restaurants and our table was always ready with your Coors! You & Aunt Marsha will truly be missed. Give her love from all of us! Love, always, Jamie
    01/18/2023 08:20 pm
    Lori Atkins & Dan Spurlock lit a candle and writes,
    After reading the obituary and comments it seems he had a life well lived with devoted family and friends. Andrew, Maura and family we are sorry for your loss. GOD Bless you and keep you during this difficult time. I am sure he will be missed by many.
    01/19/2023 02:30 pm
    Amber Ortiz writes,
    Speaking of Uncle Andy's colorful, preppy pants... Marsha once told me that the day she met Andrew, her future husband, they were at a pool party in Cape Cod; where she had been getting thrown in the pool all day (she was petite and liked water sports, so it was a fun thing); and one of the first things they talked about were his pants! She said, "I really like your pants!" And that was the start of them getting to know each other haha. I've always liked that story of the start of their 40-year relationship.
    01/20/2023 02:52 pm
    Amber Ortiz writes,
    I've also been thinking about Uncle Andy's sense of humor. It was a bit dark, New Englandy I think of it. And he did have a taste for the gothic style and the macabre. For instance, he had a car that was fit for a president, dark and shiny and luxurious, with all the bells and whistles, literally, and it had a hood ornament that was a big creepy bat, right?, gothic like the Batman car. I used to visit Marsha and Andy frequently before I moved to California; and he would drive us to dinner in that car, and insisted on taking his favorite cross street in Vero, named Flamevine. I always found it interesting that he collected fire engines and that his favorite street had a fiery name (it is also a flower). He was a good conversationalist at dinner. I learned lots of life lessons from him and enjoyed his company. I was proud to be his niece.
    01/20/2023 03:01 pm
    Bill Kelsey lit a candle and writes,
    No one said it better than Bob Hope sang it in his weekly signing off, so I borrow his words, Andrew: “Thanks for the memories…We thank you, so much.” You will be missed.
    01/21/2023 08:43 am
    Elizabeth Kelsey lit a candle and writes,
    This is such a charming and loving tribute that keeps the memory of Uncle Andy alive. My thoughts are with you, Jerry, Maura, and family.
    01/21/2023 04:21 pm
    Bill & Jane Haight writes,
    We enjoyed our many boating experiences and meals with Andrew and Marsha. His entertaining stories will always be in our memories. His interest in technical topics was always engaging and entertaining to share. He will be missed by all who associated with him.
    01/22/2023 02:19 pm
    Lee and Dory Marchildon lit a candle and writes,
    We were so saddened to read of Andy's recent passing. He and Marsha were so good and generous to our family that we and our two boys always referred to him as Uncle Andy. The previous comments and tributes are so spot on, and certainly capture his essence perfectly. Leftovers for breakfast - Of course! The memories of our time spent with them are incredible and will never be forgotten. Our 2 little boys sleeping by themselves in that little aft cabin, right above the props on the ENCHANTER - outrunning a huge Nor Easter behind us & running all night from Halifax to Provincetown -waterskiing in Desolation Sound in BC - America's Cup Races off Newport - Whalewatching off Provincetown - The Anglers Club in Key Largo - His friendship and humor with his mechanic, Dave Webber - Endless Domino Games - Dark humor for sure - of course everything had to be shiny black - cars, boats, even fire engines! - Being asked by tourists on the dock in St Barts: "Are you Royalty dear?" as we came down the gangway and they were peering at the huge, British Flag on the stern. Of course Uncle Andy's response, looking at Dory was, "You better call me Your Highness from now on." Andy and Marsha were true friends who shared so much with us over the years, and we have to realize he is in a much better place now. Our deepest sympathies to Gerry, Maura and family. Lee & Dory
    01/22/2023 03:10 pm
    Gerty O’Donnell lit a candle and writes,
    Jerry, so sad to hear about your Dad and Marsha. He was a character, so glad he was able to enjoy being a Grandfather. My condolences to you and your family also to Sandy,Donna and Hans. Love Gerty
    01/23/2023 03:20 pm

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