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Charles Gurney Edwards

May 1, 1930 August 20, 2011
Charles Gurney Edwards
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Charles Gurney Edwards of Providence Rhode Island and Westport, Massachusetts died peacefully surrounded by love on Saturday, August 20, 2011.  He was the son of the late Gurney and Elizabeth Edwards and husband for 60 years of Beverley Flather Edwards.  He was the father of Kate Mullen, Mark Edwards and Amy Edwards, the grandfather of Wendy and Sarah Edwards, Beth and Peter Mullen III, Brittany and Michael Pierce, and brother of George D. Edwards and the late James S. Edwards.
 
Charles attended Moses Brown and graduated from The Loomis School, Brown University, and Harvard Law School.  He served in the U. S Navy as a lieutenant on the USS Fletcher, DDE 445.   He practiced law at Edwards & Angell in Providence from 1959 to 1989 with a brief interval as Assistant Attorney General of Rhode Island in charge of the civil division.  Thereafter, he maintained a private practice in Little Compton until he retired in 2000.   He worked primarily as an estate attorney but was most proud of his pro bono work with the American Civil Liberties Union, defending such rights as pro-choice, Indian land rights, fair housing, and free speech.  He served on many boards including Hospice Care of Rhode Island, Providence Players, the Charitable Fuel Society, Little Compton Historical Society and the Sakonnet Preservation Association.  He particularly enjoyed amateur sports car racing, acting in amateur theater, and travel.
 
Calling hours will be held at Monahan, Drabble, & Sherman, 230  Waterman St. in Providence on Friday, August 26, 2011 from 4:00 to 7:00  p.m.   A service of celebration of his life will be held at the United Congregational Church in Little Compton on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 3:00  p.m.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to  Brown University, Box 1877, Providence, R.I 02912  in his name.

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