Obituary of Carl Edmonson
EDMONSON, Carl Antonio
Sunrise: March 29, 1976-Sunset: December 13, 2018
Carl Antonio Edmonson passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at age 42 after a short, but courageous bout with cancer. Carl’s infectious spirit of generosity and camaraderie left this earth the way he lived, caring about humanity, his love and genuine concern for family and friends.
Carl’s fun-loving personality and his sense of care, was a source of inspiration that offered a heart that believed in the beauty and goodness of each individual he interacted with and the smiles shared or moreso the laughter that brought the best out in all who knew him.
His contribution through the work he did professionally, personally and voluntarily transcended countries and regions even in his newly adopted home of Toronto, Canada. A consummate professional, an avid volunteer and tireless advocate for well-being and betterment for society’s marginalized and underrepresented individuals. Such was his work with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success (TFSS) a non-profit of the Toronto District School Board, where he enthusiastically enjoyed working with the children and the team of Beyond 330 and as a Teacher at Mona Heights Primary and New Providence Primary Schools in Kingston, Jamaica. His passion was teaching and serving, utilizing his talents, skills and knowledge to foster possibilities of hope with his strong sense of purpose.
Carl lived his life as a true champion for advocacy and social justice with servant leadership at the heart of what he did, lending his time to various causes and organizations. He was Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Toronto Caribbean, Director, Africans in Partnership Against Aids (APAA) and a community volunteer with 519 Community Services (Toronto) and United Achievers’ Community Services (Brampton).
His commitment to social justice extended to going against the odds, to promote well-being as Program Leader & Human Resource Coordinator, Jamaica AIDS Support for Life and relentless in supporting and advocating for people living with HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. His strength of character, his tenacity against the odds and his solution-oriented thinking made a difference in the life of individuals and organizations. Amidst his illness, Carl’s resilience was his fortitude to continue be a blessing, partnering with friends to feed the homeless in Toronto on Thanksgiving Day; and as a final act he coordinated the Christmas Project for the Kiwanis Club of Toronto Caribbean, which was hosted a week after his passing as an honor to the children and parents whose lives he impacted at Beyond 330.
His smile, gregarious laughter and personality, selflessness and kindness will be missed by many, but most of all by his mother, Andrenne Hedmonson, his partner, Nathanael Green, adopted sons Andre Christie and Carl Williams, his siblings: Errol Dalhouse who predeceased him in November 2018, Adrian Campbell, numerous aunts, cousins and friends – Yvonne Taylor, Annasynth Dalhouse, Debbion Dalhouse, Elkanah Dalhouse, Phyneth Dalhouse, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and his extended family of friends. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to COVENANT FUNERAL HOMES, 2505 Eglinton Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, M1K-2R1: Tel: 416-265-2652
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