CONNEAUT – Conneaut High School students have been mourning the loss of Bryan Edwards,
a Conneaut High School senior studying Public Safety at A-Tech, who passed away on March 6.
The high school community would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to him and share memories that we all have of him.
Bryan was a bright, funny, and kind person, always laughing. One friend said that no matter what the occasion or weather, Edwards always wore his coat buttoned up, something they joked about.
Bryan will be missed dearly by all whose lives he touched.
His parents, David and Heidi Edwards, called their son an average teen and great student. In the last weeks, they have been able to see what he meant to people around him.
“He loved to make people laugh, and his sense of humor was strange, to say the least. We loved our son with everything we had, but also in the last couple weeks, it was awesome to see the impact he made. It saddens us that we will never see how far he could have gone in life,” they said.
Edwards’ uncle, Conneaut High School Principal Dr. Tim Neal, said that Bryan loved God, his family and friends.
“He had a positive personality, high energy, and was always fun to be around,” he said. “His smile and sense of humor lit up a room when he came in. Bryan sincerely cared about everyone. He is loved dearly and will be deeply missed. There is a space in our hearts that can’t be filled.
Heather Hill, an A-Tech Public Safety classmate, said that Edwards was her best friend.
“He was an amazing kid. He had goals and was going to go very far in life. He was the person who would light up a room when he walked in. Brian would never let anyone make him feel bad, and he always made the best out of a situation. I would say we were the closest, because he would always visit my house for dinner once a week. He would always put his feelings aside for anyone who was having troubles with life, who was just struggling with anything. I’ve only known him for two years, and in just those two years he had impacted my life better than someone who has been in my life for ten. He was very smart as well.”
A-Tech Public Safety classmate, Jaela Dragon, said Edwards was one of the most inspiring and amazing people she has ever met.
“Bryan was always there for anyone when they needed something. He helped me with my faith, and realizing that there is a God. One of my favorite memories I have is when we walked together in the parade. He threw all the candy and kept coming back for more to throw, and everyone was joking with him saying he was throwing it all and eating the rest. Another would be when his friend and I went bowling, along with another Public Safety senior, and it was full of giggles and fun. He has changed me for the better, and I will always remember him.”
Another friend, Joey Rokosky, said Edwards was the kind of best friend that everyone deserved.
“Bryan was a great friend. He always knew the right thing to say and how to help handle a situation. He always wanted to help people and make others’ lives better. He was always there for us when we needed him. He was that kind of best friend that everyone deserved to have.”
Luke Brandon, said that while he and Edwards had known each other just seven months, Edwards was a better friend to him than most other people.
“We worked together at Ghost Lake, which is how we became friends. He was an energetic, fun-loving kid who reminded me a lot of myself, and I’m truly going to miss him.”
Edwards, 17, was a member of the National Honor Society and played the French horn in the Conneaut High School band. A member of Boy Scout Troop 34, he had worked as a merit badge counselor at Beaumont Scout Reservation. He was a member and worship leader of Conneaut’s Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church. He worked at Ghost Lake Haunted House at Conneaut Lake Park, Pa.
Edwards is also survived by a brother, Cody Edwards, and a sister, Storm Edwards.
On behalf of the entire Edwards family, Neal said he would like to thank everyone for their love and support.
“The community, and surrounding communities’, support, kindness, and generosity has been positively overwhelming,” Neal said.
David and Heidi Edwards would like to express their deepest thanks to the Conneaut community as a whole, especially Conneaut High School, A-Tech, Boy Scout Troop 34, Boy Scout Association Greater Cleveland Council, New Leaf United Methodist Church, First Congregational United Church of Christ.
“And any and all organizations, schools, and people who have helped to make saying good- bye to Bryan a little easier. Thank you,” they said.