Robert ‘Bob’ Howard Edwards
Robert (Bob) Howard Edwards, a long-time member of the Quincy community, passed away May 16, 2023. He was born July 2, 1937, in San Francisco, California. In 1946, Bob and hIs parents, Von and Connie Edwards, moved to Quincy. Bob touched the lives of many through his kind-hearted nature, unwavering dedication, and zest for life.
From a young age, Bob demonstrated an insatiable curiosity and an innate interest in the outdoors. He attended Quincy High School, where he excelled both academically and athletically (football), displaying his natural leadership abilities. Bob’s love for learning continued as he pursued higher education at Chico State, where he earned a degree in Business Administration, played football, served as a Student Body Officer, was a member of the Lambda Pi Fraternity, and met his wife Mary. This knowledge would serve as a foundation for his successful career owning Plumas General Insurance Agency and as a partner of Murray and Edwards Insurance – Serving Plumas and Lassen Counties for 43 years.
Bob was a devoted family man, cherishing his role as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He married the love of his life, Mary Humphreys, and together, for the next 64 years, they built a beautiful life filled with love, joy, travel and cherished memories. Their children, Sharon, Joanne and Bill (Christina), were the pride and joy of his life, and he took great pleasure in supporting their dreams and accomplishments. His grandchildren loved their Papa dearly (Eric, Erin, Austin, Owen,Tyler, Melanie, and his two great granddaughters, Riley and Everleigh).
Outside of his professional pursuits, Bob had a passion for the outdoors. He found solace and inspiration in the natural beauty of Northern California and beyond. Bob was an avid fisherman, and his love for nature took him on countless jeep trip adventures in his beloved bright red Willy’s Jeep. Whether he was exploring, camping, or casting a fishing line into a serene mountain stream or lake, Bob enjoyed being in the great outdoors.
Throughout his life, Bob was an active member of the Quincy community, lending his time and talents to various organizations and causes. He proved his leadership for over 50 years in Plumas Historic Masonic Lodge, Ben Ali Shrine, Plumas County Chamber of Commerce, Plumas County Museum Board of Trustees, and Quincy Rotary Club. He chaired the Business Management Committee for student housing and the Quincy Racquet Ball Club while on the Feather River College Foundation Board. He also served on the Plumas Health Care Foundation of Plumas District Hospital Board and the California State Board of Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of California. He was always involved in community activities such as refereeing, keeping time clocks at QHS and FRC football games, and National Ski Patrol. He selflessly served Rotary International and was deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others. Not only did Bob have 62 Years of perfect attendance in Rotary, he was a Paul Harris Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member and he led the Northern CalVada Rotary District 519 Youth Exchange Program, leaving a lasting impression on over 2,000 exchange students for more than 30 years. Many of these former students still refer to Bob as “Dad” and have stayed in touch. Bob’s genuine compassion, warm smile, and willingness to help, left an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Bob Edwards will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who had the pleasure of crossing paths with him to enjoy his “big smile” and caring heart. His legacy of kindness, integrity, generosity, and resilience will continue to inspire generations to come.
Bob’s Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, June 15, 2023 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at The Quincy Junction Barn, 1843 Quincy Junction Road, Quincy, CA. There will be a toast in Bob’s honor at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Quincy Rotary Club, 2056 E. Main St. Quincy, CA 95971 or Plumas Health Care Foundation of Plumas District Hospital 1065 Bucks Lake Road, Quincy, CA 95971 or Plumas County Museum Association, 500 Jackson Street, Quincy, CA 95971 … in Memory of Bob Edwards.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.
5 thoughts on “Robert ‘Bob’ Howard Edwards”
It was my honor to know Bob most of my life and call him friend. You will never meet a kinder man. Bob loved people and it showed in all aspects of his life.
Rest in peace my friend,
We didn’t know Bob well, but we certainly knew OF Bob–some citizens volunteer their time and means to building up the community in which they live, and Bob’s was one of those oft-mentioned names of folks who “give back” over and over again. He was an anchor to our town and will most definitely be missed.
Sweet, Sweet Mary, what a sorrowful surprise to hear from you today. The news of your loss took whatever good spirits I had today and sent them reeling. A lifetime together is never enough. I am thinking of both of you with so much love.
First let me say: May Bob’s soul and all the souls of all the faithfully departed rest in peace. May God make him to shine like the sun and hold him in the palm of His hands.
I am not without depth of feeling or unfamiliar with times like this as we just celebrated my son’s 38th anniversary with God on the 5th of this month with a trip to Sac and the calvary cemetery. In addition, being the youngest of seven, I’ve eulogized three brothers and two sisters. Fitting words are so hard to come up with in times like these. So, I resort to the genius of writers who can express my feeling so much better.
Ya know Mare, that I have a lyric for every single thing that can happen in life. It’s this type of an event, with little to no effort, brings this one to mind:
When you walk through a storm, hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm, there’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone
Rest in peace Bob, your smile always lit up the room, gonna miss you at family get togethers, holidays and the Quincy Rotary Golf tournament.
I was so sorry to read about your husband, Bob’s, passing. I feel like I have known you for a long time, just in passing and in events together over the years. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you adjust to this loss. Dave and I have been married almost 62 years and I just can’t imagine a day without him around. This part of the aging process is the not fun! Take care and take time to grieve.
Fondly, “Dink” Rife