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In Memory of Tim Edwards

In Memory of Tim Edwards

When Tim was just 18 years old he was exposed to asbestos which later in life resulted in him being diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer affecting his lungs. In early 2018, Rare Cancers Australia sat down with Tim and his wife, and primary carer, Janet, to record their cancer story in their own words.

Sadly, just a few short weeks after filming this interview was recorded, Tim passed away. His passion, strength and vision will not be forgotten.

The following was written by Tim's wife, Janet:

Many people who met Tim briefly thought him to be a cynic. In truth he was an idealist. He was a visionary who could see what the world could be and dedicated most of his life to making it happen. You didn’t have to agree with him to like him. He was a passionate but likeable man - though spending time with him often felt like getting caught in the intellectual equivalent of a spin cycle.

That was the public Tim… The private Tim was also passionate, but here it was about his family and his fur-kids. He was the husband who always had your back and the father who insisted his children be the best they could be but did everything in his power to support them getting there. His Kelpies were his best mates. His exterior could be gruff but he was kind and loving and giving in every way that mattered.

The irony about Tim’s end was that it resulted from one of the very things he was working to change. He died on February 16, 2018 of Mesothelioma – a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Tim was exposed when he was 18 years old working a summer job to fund the cost of university.  

Tim’s family asks that you honour Tim by donating to Rare Cancers Australia, an organization that is working to fund research into those rare cancers, such as Mesothelioma, that on a combined basis take tens of thousands of lives a year.

HarbisonCare Staff
(361 days ago)
Deb and Barb
(365 days ago)
Thanks for the Friday conversations and the stories you shared with us, they are missed.
(367 days ago)
Harry Varvaressos
(368 days ago)
We are think of you
Jason & Janice Young
(368 days ago)
Losing our own mother / mother-in-law to mesothelioma tells us dearly what this cause means to Jan.
samir shrestha
(368 days ago)
Alison S
(368 days ago)
Natalie Purcell + Michael Symes
(373 days ago)
Sending all our love to the Edwards Family.
Patricia and Phil Rogers
(374 days ago)
We remember fondly our visits with Tim and his devotion to his family, his dogs and the environment
Jacqui Page
(378 days ago)
In memory of a special man who made a difference
Sam Moore
(388 days ago)
I only met Tim once Jan. He lives on strongly through you.
(390 days ago)
David C
(390 days ago)
I only met Tim several times and liked him immediately. A charismatic gentle man with a vision.
Justin and Saleem
(393 days ago)
Edwards family, you are in our thoughts during this difficult time
The B Team
(393 days ago)
We will all miss your spin cycle. The light wash AND the heavy duty! Thanks Tim for everything. xoxo
Justin Cudmore and Martin Walsh
(394 days ago)
Kaye and Lloyd Holder
(394 days ago)
A passionate and intelligent man who gave life everything. We'll miss you Tim.
Steve, Carolyn & Amelia Adams
(394 days ago)
To know Tim was a privilege. He made an impact, we are all poorer without him - big hugs to all
Kim Aikins & Mike Timmins
(395 days ago)
Giant hugs and lots of love through this difficult time. Truly a very important cause to support.
Category: In Memory
Tags: asbestos, chemotherapy, health, healthcare, in memory, life, Mesothelioma, patients, Radiation, Rare, rare cancers, Rare Cancers Australia, RCA, support, treatment,
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