Tevin Lee Edwards was born April 28, 1994. He was the son of Paul Edwards and Pansy (Pam) Mitchell. Tevin attended P.S. 208, JHS Meyer Levin, and later graduated from The Academy for College Preparation and Career Exploration. He attended the University at Buffalo, where he studied to become a Physician’s Assistant. He was an avid comic book reader, loved his video games, and had a great love for music; so much so, that he played steel pan as a member of Higher Levin Band and had aspirations to return to college to study Music Therapy.
Tevin had an infectious smile and was loving, kind, considerate, forgiving, and honest. In his youth, he became one of the youngest ushers here at St. Therese of Lisieux Roman Catholic Church, and his academic abilities allowed for travel to Europe and Mexico. In all his travels however, for Tevin, everywhere else paled in comparison to the beaches of Grenada, because according to him, “Nothing could get better than this!” Tevin loved his family greatly and took pride in his relationship with God. His sole purpose was to help others and gave of himself whenever he could.
A Note from Mom:
Tev, it was an honor to call you my son. I pray that you know how much I loved you and I would have done any and everything in my power to take your pain away but all I could’ve done was soothe it with my presence. I take solace in the fact that you loved and were loved by many. I will be forever grateful for the 26 years you blessed me with. Rest assured that you will live on in my heart for the rest of my days. I pray that the angels will guide and protect you always. Rest, my son. Rest.
A Note from Dad:
Tevin, I will always remember the good times we had while you were growing up. You taught me in your growing years to be considerate of others. You never failed to correct me and encouraged me to be and do better. Your honesty spoke volumes. These traits you possessed I will take with me wherever I go. You were my only son, and felt so helpless watching you battle your illness. You made me proud son; you gave it your all. All my love, Dad.
A Note from Makeda:
Brother, I remember being about 6 years old and thinking to myself “I don’t want anyone to bother my brother”. The thought of someone being mean to you made me sad…fast forward a few years and there we were, hiding the remote from each other because we didn’t like sharing the TV. In the past week I’ve been reflecting on the good memories and a few things came to mind like:
1. Your obsession with ketchup; you put it on everything (even in soup!).
2. You asked to sleep with me after you had a nightmare (I was always reluctant but couldn’t turn you away because you looked so desperate and it was adorable).
3. Me trying to be a ‘cool’ big sister and take both you and Malikiya out to the movies. I paid for everything and therefore I was an adult!
Though I am very sad and conflicted during this time, my most fond memory of you is when Me, you and Ma were at Sears, and we were about to leave but you were nowhere to be found. We called out to you for what seemed like forever but there was no response from you. I watched Ma become frantic and I remember thinking to myself “somebody done went and took my brother!”. We and the staff continued to call out to you a little while longer. Finally there was a response! You burst out from one of the clothes racks and screamed “SURPRISE!” You had the biggest smile on your face and you were sweating profusely (due to the winter coat and yellow duckie raincoat you were wearing). You were SO PLEASED with yourself because you managed to play, in your mind, the best game of hide-and-seek ever. The joke was that only YOU knew you were playing! Brother, I love you and I ask that you please forgive me for any pain that I’ve caused you. Until we meet again.
Tevin is survived by his parents Pansy (Pam) Mitchell and Paul Edwards, sisters Makeda, Tenisha and Skye; Grandfather, Sampson Edwards; Godparents Mr. & Mrs. Jude Pompei, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends.
Special Thanks to the Mitchell Family, the Wilson Family, the Passee Family, the Bridge Church Family, Louann Jordan, Gloria DaBreo & The Evans family, Esther Taylor, the Mendoza Family, Andrea Blackman, Lynette Mohabir, The Edwards Family, The Smith-Walker family, Roderick Daley and all of the countless friends and family that called, texted, sent flowers, and kept us company during this extremely sad time.
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