Former Summerside principal remembered as influential educator, coach

Gathering planned in Glenn Edison's memory April 30 at Summerside Intermediate School

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Published on April 25, 2014

SUMMERSIDE- Summerside has lost one of its most well-known and dedicated educators.

Glenn Edison was a devoted and loved teacher, principal and coach. He died Tuesday at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga, Ont. He was 62.

His daughter, Grace Edison, said her father had cancer and his health declined rapidly.

He will be greatly missed by his family, she said, though his legacy will live on in the lives of those who loved him.

For her, it will be his love of sports she will always remember.

Some of her earliest memories include spending time with him in gymnasiums and of generations of sports teams clamoring through her house for after-game celebrations.

“That was a huge part of my life. A huge part of his life,” she said.

Edison encouraged Grace and her sister to play sports throughout their education.

“He was the most supportive man in the world in terms of anything my sister and I wanted or needed to do,” she said.

As well, he never allowed his children’s gender to stand in their way.

“He always made sure my sister and I had equal opportunities as females. I played on lots of guys’ sports teams, and I think he did that for a lot of young girls.”

Looking back now as a grown woman with children of her own, she can truly appreciate how supportive he was.

Edison was certainly a well-known coach and had a special love for basketball.

“He lived to coach. He was always wanting to get kids into sports…my dad, I don’t know what he would have done without sports,” she said.

Garth Turtle worked with Edison at Three Oaks Senior High in the physical education department.

 “He has left a tremendous impression and influence on those kids,” said Turtle.

Edison effectively coached every sport, he said.

“He was a great teacher of sport and about life. That’s why he had such a positive influence on so many young men and women in our community. The legacy he left behind, you can see it every day.”

Bud Brander also worked with Edison and agrees he was an educator worth celebrating.

“He was a very good coach and he did an excellent job as a teacher,” said Brander.

Brander said he was an exceptional role model for staff and always had a student focus at heart.

He thought Edison was a hard worker and a good friend.

“I’m certainly going to miss him.”

Francois Caron was one of Edison’s many students.

They loved getting together to chat about old times, said Caron.

“We shared lots of laughs and lots of great times,” he said.

Edison always talked about his daughters because they were very special to him, he said.

 “I thought he was a fabulous coach and he was certainly a wonderful man.”

Throughout his successful career, Edison taught or administered at various schools across the Island.

However, it was at Summerside Intermediate School where Edison truly left his mark, said his daughter.

He was principal there for several years and oversaw the school’s expansion and redesign, and introduced new programs.

“That was his baby. I guess people refer to SIS as ‘the school Glenn built’,” she said.

A gathering will be held for Edison in the cafeteria of SIS on Wednesday, April 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. His family is calling it, ‘A time to share memories of Glenn.’ All are welcome.