Robert "Bob" Whyte Edge Sunday, September 1, 1946 - Sunday, March 12, 2017

Robert “Bob” Whyte Edge, 70, passed away on March 12, 2017 at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA from complications of early onset dementia. His warm personality and sense of humor will be greatly missed. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years, Patricia Cosgriff Edge of Elizabethtown; his son, Timothy Robert Edge of San Francisco; his daughter, Cynthia Edge Lewis of Coatesville; his 3 grandchildren, Henry Edge Lewis of Coatesville, Nicholas Valentine Edge and Wyatt Mead Edge of San Francisco; and his 3 sisters, Downy Edge Koch of North Granby, CT, Caroline Edge Beideman of Glenmoore, and Sarah Elizabeth Edge of Howard, PA. His brothers, Jacob Edge II, and Thomas Valentine Edge preceded him. Born on September 1, 1946 and raised in Downingtown, PA, the son of Jacob Valentine Edge and Ann Whyte Edge, he loved Chester County and enjoyed living most of his life here. After growing up in “Edge’s Mill,” the longtime family residence in Downingtown, he attended high school at Westtown School (’64) in West Chester. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (’68) in Massachusetts. Bob spent his career running Edge Wallboard Machinery Corporation along with his brother Jay. The pulp and paper industry machinery company was founded by their father in 1955 and was located in the historic mill building across the street from the Edge’s Mill home. Bob took great pride in carrying on the family business and working with many of the same clients that his father and grandfather also called upon. His work required him to travel domestically and to Mexico, Canada, Europe, Russia, and China. Bob enjoyed giving back to the local community and was a very active member of Rotary Club of Coatesville, where he served as President, President of Rotary’s Gundaker Foundation, and District Chairperson for Rotary’s Interact youth outreach program. Bob was a Board Member and former President of Handi-Crafters, a local organization that provides training and employment for mentally and physically challenged adults. Bob was a member of the Brandywine-Goddard Lodge No. 383 F&AM. Bob and his wife had a home in Winter Harbor, Maine and took pleasure in time spent in the wonderful outdoors of Maine with friends and family for many years. He was an avid skier and skied all around the U.S. and in Europe with his son. Bob enjoyed sports of all kinds; he was a soccer referee and a rabid Phillies and Eagles fan. He was an enthusiastic wine collector and enjoyed visiting many wineries, mostly in California. On March 22, 2017 at 11:00am a service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church 409 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, where Bob was a longtime member of the congregation and lector for many years. Visitation will begin at 9:30. Please make memorial contributions by donating to the Alzheimer’s Association ( to help advance research to end Alzheimer's and dementia, or Handi-Crafters, Inc. P.O. Box 72646 Thorndale, PA 19372, or The Rotary Club of Coatesville Education Fund In Memory of Bob Edge c/o Chester County Education Fund 28 West Market Street, The Lincoln Building, West Chester, PA 19382.

Join us on Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:30am

Pat, I wanted to acknowledge your loss,so very sorry to hear this. Fondly, Debby

Receive newspaper via mail at home in San Diego and am very sorry for your loss. May your strength and faith help you at this time. Remembering our times at work in doctors  office long ago.




Kris and I were sorry to hear about Bob's passing.  Glad we got to see him at the reunion for Westtown.  Our prayers are with you and your family.  Had alot of fond memories of Bob and our time at Wesstown.


Kim Aand Kris Slack

Bob will be missed.  Such a great man and such a terrible disease from which he is now set free.   I have such many happy memories of Bob and his pre-deceased brothers Tom and Jay.  Together again.

Sorry to hear about Bob. I will always remember him as a great person. My condolences to Patty and family.

Patty, I am sorry to hear of Bob's passing.  You and your family are in my prayers.

Pat, so sorry to hear about Bob. My heart goes out to you and your family. May you find comfort in all the precious memories . His sense of humor, trips and 45 years of marriage. Love and prayers my friend!
Karen Keener (swim class)

Bob Edge and I were classmates at Westtown, shared an apartment after college and where each other's best man for our weddings. We will always remember his great sense of humor, loving care for his family and friends and positive attitude toward the important things in life. Bob, we hope you have found peace my friend and Patty - our condolences and prayers for you and your family.

George & Susie

Just shy of 41 years ago I met Bob & Pat when we moved to PA from Texas.  We lived across the street and became best friends.  Bob always made me laugh.  He was a sweet, caring man.  He was patient and always saw the cup half full.  I never heard a cross word from him and treasure the times we shared.  I will miss his smile and his sunny disposition.  A kind, gentle soul was Bob Edge.

What a handsome man who gave so much to his family and community.  Patty, we're sending love and hugs to you.

A life well lived and hopefully a peaceful death.  Sympathies to the family.

Catherine M. Salam

Soo sorry but he will not suffer now. I did not know.

Try to be a peace and let your wonderful family support you . You are lucky to have so many. Nancy Edge

Pat, our hearts are heavy with saddness. We hope that you can find solace with his passing and are at peace with this. Please let us know if there is anything that we can help with. Our deepest sympathies. Susan & Gerry Daney

Bob was quick to laugh and usually had a sunny perspective on life. As a child he treated me to my very first motorcycle ride. It has been one of my favorite memories of him.

Bob Edge was one of the finest men we have ever met, kind, compassionate, gentle and soft spoken. He will be greatly missed. As long ago memory was when Bob and Patty were dating. Bib would arrive on his motorcycle and our 3 year old son, Wes, would race out to greet him shouting "Edge, Edge, ride please." There was no better man than Bob Edge.