Community pays tributes to Greytown pioneer

2020-02-05 06:02
photo: supplied Hedley Ronald Edwards.

photo: supplied Hedley Ronald Edwards.

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THE sudden death of Hedley Ronald Edwards on January 23, left many residents in Greytown reeling from shock. The outpouring tributes for the late Greytown pioneer who passed away at the age of 86, continue to pour in. Loved by many, Edwards was a well-known hairdresser in Greytown.

He moved to Greytown to open a barber shop 40 years ago.

He was born on July 14, 1933 in Johannesburg where he grew up. Thereafter he moved to Margate before relocating to Greytown. He had four brothers and four sisters.

He went to school in Johannesburg and started an apprenticeship as a hairdresser (barber).

A friend Gerald Clock who is a manager at Concordia flats said: “He used to love birds and did take part in the Greytown Bowling Club. He was a very quite person. We will miss him at Concordia.” His daughter, Rose Edwards said: “[Hedley] and his brother ran a barber shop in Johannesburg and in Margate for many years.

“He also had a small farm with laying chickens and sold the eggs. Approximately 40 years ago he moved to Greytown to open a barber shop.

He worked as a hairdresser from the age of 16 and finally retired at 83.

“Many men and boys have had their hair cut by him. His wife, Phyllis, was a dressmaker for many years,” she said.

Edwards was described as a hardworking working man.

“He was punctual, a gardener, sportsman and bird lover,”she said.

He leaves behind one daughter, Rose and his wife Phyllis.


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