7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


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Mr. Theodore Edwards

Born Into Time: January 16, 1954
Born Into Eternity: February 26, 2018

Mr. Theodore Allen Edwards ("Ted") was born January 16, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois, to Theodore James Edwars and Mary Alice ("Penny") Edwards, and was an amazing, big brother to Mark and Dawn Edwards whom he loved dearly. Ted lived his life at the front-be it as a track star at both St. Ignatius Colleg prep (Class of '71) and Northwestern University (Class of '75), or in the world of business. He was entered into the Hall of Fame of Athletes at St. Ignatius.

After graduating from Northwestern University, he became one of the first African-American teachers at St. Ignatius Colleg Prep, as well as the school's head track coach. There he helped shape the lives of many young men and his impact still ripples through the community today. In 1980, he left the educational field and entered into the business world, joining Illinois Bell and rising to various management positions-eventually becoming VP at Ameritech while attaining an MBA from Northwestern's Kellog School of Management along the way.

While finding success early in life, Ted believed he would live his years out as the "cool uncle" until he met the love of his life, Katheryn Williams. They married on May 19, 1984, at Northwestern University's Jeanne Vail chapel and joined each other for a life filled with laughter, adventure, travel and love for almost 34 years. 

Throughout those years Ted was a wonderful father to four children and a father fugure to many more. Family, friends, and co-workers knew him as a man who would bring laughter, compassion and good nature with him wherever he went. Whether it was the sucess he achieved or love he felt, he shared it with those around him. It was only natural he'd wind up owing a candy store with his wife in his later years.

Ted loved travel, golf, basketball and football, and was an avid reader and cinephile. He never stopped loving life-not even after being diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2012.

He was a good man who always forgave, always saw the best in people and never gave up hope. He passed away quietly after a long fight on February 26, 2018, surrounded by his family. 

Ted leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter and lives on with his wife, Katheryn, his sons Christopher and Casey, daughters Cara and Rachel, three grandchildren Alana, Landon and Oliver and a host of cousins, nephews, a niece, family and friends. We will miss him and his smile forever. 


In Lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation be made in the honor of Theodore Edwards name to the:

Lewy Body Dementia Association. https://www.lbda.org/donate


Public Viewing:


Service Information:

Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Visitation / Family Hour:
2:00 PM
Service Time:
3:00 PM
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S. Jeffrey Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649




#11 Michael Grovak 2018-03-08 05:43
Most sincere condolences to Kathy and his entire family. I was a teammate of Ted's in high school. He always was very relate-able to every teammate, even though he had talent most of the rest of us could dream of having.
#10 Mike Dwyer ‘71 2018-03-07 21:52
Ted’s abundant energy and warm smiles are my best memories. Peace, Ted!
#9 Anna Long 2018-03-07 07:25
Dawn and Mark, I remember Ted. He was your Big Brother, who pretty much symbolized the excellence of you family, or Church, and neighborhood. Please know that my prayers are with you all. Your sadness WILL turn to fond memories. Love and Peace, Anna
#8 Pierre Clark 2018-03-06 18:33
Ted Edwards was one of the most gifted human beings I ever had the pleasure of knowing and one of the nicest. Very few of us can say we were the greatest in the world at something, and Ted had that distinction at a very young age being a world record holder in track.

I will always feel that the race he ran as a senior at the state finals against Evanston's Howard Jones was one of the great hundred yard dashes in state history. For my money, Ted was undoubtedly with all due respect to Jim McVane, Ben Bluitt, Jeff Wheat, John Schum, Paul Zalucky, Ray Macnorius and so many other great athletes in our 1971 class in all sports, the greatest athlete of the greatest all-around high school class ever assembled (and all of you have heard me say my belief in this before).

He was a great athlete, coach, teacher and later businessman at Illinois Bell, and just a really nice all around guy. He was one of what I liked to call in our class The Capricorn Brigade (Me, Hubert, Jim McVane and Ted). I didn't get to see him as much after we left high school but I was so happy that others did and the reunions we had with Ted in attendance were true highlights. My sincere condolences to his brother Mark, wife Kathy, family and all of us, for he will truly be missed.
#7 Michael Yancey 2018-03-06 14:46
Mark and Dawn, Though we haven't been in contact in many years, I've kept both of you in my prayers and have missed you. I wish I could be with you now in this most difficult time, and I am with you in spirit. I offer my condolences to Teddy's wife and children, and all of the Edwards family. Teddy was a track star and almost bigger than life to me when Teddy's mom used to babysit my sister Clare and myself. Mark was like a big brother to me at the time, and Teddy I considered like another big brother, super cool, super smart, great personality, and someone I wanted to grow up to be like. I witnessed Teddy as a Great Son and Brother. I heard of how he was a great husband and father. Those are the things that pleases God the most. You can bet your life, Teddy's now is in Heaven with the Lord and his parents, just as happy and looking down at you all with a big smile.
praying for peace and serenity in the hearts that hurt so, and to make things alright in a while. Knowing that you'll all be together again one day, I hope will give you some relief from your hearts pain, cause you have to believe in something, believe in God, and you all will be together again.
With a Lifetime of Love,
Michael Yancey
#6 Dana Beyers 2018-03-06 12:25
Dear Katheryn, Dawn, and Mark,
Teddy was always very sweet, kind, and one of the most gentle people I have ever known. He was a wonderful cousin and had the most beautiful smile. His Aunt Lowie was extremely proud of him and so was I. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with all of you and your families as you experience this tremendous loss.
Dana Beyers and Diann Tate
#5 Bill Ladas 2018-03-05 17:35
Ted was a Great Guy and always had a open mind. While the leader of the Pay Phone Industry he motivated everyone to be their best. He had to have had the Best Annual Meeting ever with Commedians as motovational speakers. It has always been My Honor to know and work with Ted. He will truly be missed. My Condolences to Edwards Family.
#4 Tom Conner 2018-03-05 11:38
Ted. (Mr. Edwards) was my track coach and English teacher in the mid 70s. He was a great role model, nice guy, and great teacher.
#3 Cornell Hudson 2018-03-04 19:39
My condolences to the family. Ted was always a stand up intelligent leader.
#2 Jim Grabowy 2018-03-04 16:05
Ted...You'll be missed forever by family and friends

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