John H. Edwards, 69, mortgage banker

May 28, 1999|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

John Howard Edwards, who formerly headed Provident Bank's mortgage department, died May 21 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson of injuries he suffered that day in a two-car collision near Glen Arm. He was 69 and lived in Hydes.

Known as Hank, Mr. Edwards had a lengthy career as a mortgage banker in Baltimore. He retired in 1990 from Provident Bank of Maryland, where he worked 42 years, ending as senior vice president.

He had recently begun working as manager for new business at Baltimore County Savings Bank.

Mr. Edwards began his career as a teller at Provident's old Howard and Saratoga street headquarters and worked in various lending positions at the bank.

"He wasn't a stereotypical banker," said Julie Hadaway, a Provident manager. "He had a good sense of humor and was always a people person. He loved to do mathematical problems and puzzles."

Mr. Edwards was a volunteer for Baltimore County civic causes.

"He worked to preserve the communities of eastern Baltimore County," sat Pat Winter, director of the Eastern Baltimore Area Chamber of Commerce, where Mr. Edwards was a board member for many years. "He was helpful to everybody in an organization -- from the president to the secretary."

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Edwards grew up in Parkville. He was a graduate of Towson High School and the Brown University Graduate School of Savings Banking.

He was a member of the Home Builders Association of Maryland and served on its events committee for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in organizing its annual 800-player summer golf tournament and Celebrity Chef Night, a charity event.

For the past six years, he had been a financial adviser on the board of directors of the Long Green Volunteer Fire Company. He worked as a waiter or cashier at its ham, oyster and crab cake community suppers.

Within hours of his death, the fire company raised the black flag in front of the firehouse; a sign read, "In memory of Hank Edwards, you will be missed."

He was active with Boy Scout Troop 444.

Mr. Edwards enjoyed growing tomatoes and corn in his home garden. He also restored a vintage Ford Mustang.

He was a member of Cosmopolitan Club.

He was a lifetime member of Towson United Methodist Church, where services were held Tuesday.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Moira C. Martin; a son, Brian "Brandy" Edwards of Columbia; a daughter, Brooke Greenbaum of Brooklandville; a brother, Richard Edwards, and a sister, Jeanne Matheny, both of Forest Hill; and a granddaughter.

Pub Date: 5/28/99

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