Gary Edwards Jr., Laurelton NY 12/7/2011
by Sharon Conley
(Laurelton, NY USA)
Gary Christopher Edwards, Jr. was born in Queens, New York on April 22, 1990, to Sharon Conley and Gary Edwards, Sr. "Junior," as he was affectionately known, was the seventh of ten siblings. Though not the eldest of the siblings, Junior was his "brothers' keeper." He was a strong believer in family first then in loyalty, and would lay down his life for them.
Gary was educated in the New York City public school system. He attended elementary school at P.S. 38, went on to middle school at I.S. 231, and graduated from Queens Academy High School after completing required courses at the Young Adult Borough Center. At the age of four, he became involved in sports when he joined the Elmont Little League baseball team, and throughout his youth he also excelled in basketball. He played on several basketball teams, but the most memorable was the St. Mary Magdalene School team comprised of his brothers and cousins, which won several tournaments. They brought the team to prominence, and their championship banner, which hangs in the Martin De Poress School, set the standard for all St. Mary's teams that followed. Gary also had a magnetic personality. His fun-loving nature, charm, and ability to bring energy with his mere presence attracted people of all ages. His amusing personality was one of the qualities that his "Grandma Lovie," who predeceased him, admired about him most. Gary's
self-proclaimed names included G5, Showtime, G5TACS, and Show Tizzly. The names were a reflection of the dynamic and unique personality that he had.
Junior and his mother, Sharon, shared a special bond that only they understood. To her, he was her "Jubie." His mother would call him "Jubie" in front of his friends and he would say, "Ma, c'mon." Also, in his Kevin Hart voice, he would often say, "Mama, you're something else." When Junior was right about an issue, Sharon would fight for him to the end, and when he was wrong about an issue, her fight was just as strong until the truth came out. Junior would regularly say, "My mama always got my back." Likewise, Sharon always rested well, knowing that Junior had her back. He was instinctively protective of her. He was the smallest in stature but always the first on the scene. Junior's significant and blessed life was cut short on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, when the car in which he was a passenger was struck by a 25-year-old drunk driver. It is his mother's desire that everyone know the senseless way in which he died.
Gary is survived by all the members of his loving family. He continues to touch the lives of others. He will live on not only in our hearts, but also in the lives of the 50 individuals who were successful recipients of his organ donations.