John Concannon, Publicity
The inaugural IMGA Golfer of the Month is none other than our outgoing president, Barry Ediss.
Barry was born in Vancouver, B.C, several years ago and spent the first 33 years of his life living, learning and working there. Barry has always been active in sports playing soccer, slow pitch and rugby, winning two high school championships in rugby. He entered the first class of the British Columbia Institute of Technology achieving a degree in Civil Engineering. The program was unique in that a four year program was completed in two years through an intensive 35 hour week of study and practical application and was the first such program in British Columbia.
After several years in the construction business, Barry moved to Seattle, Washington in 1977 and in 1980 started his own land development/home construction business. It was in 1997 that met his future wife Carol on a blind date. Barry had been coming to Arizona since the mid ‘80s to see the Seattle Mariners participate in spring practice. One morning, he decided that it wasn’t all that bad waking up to sunshine every day and decided to move from the cloudy environs of the northwest. In 1999, Barry sold his business and he and Carol moved to Sun Lakes.
Barry has been involved in many facets of community life. He was involved with the Food and Beverage Committee for six years. He played slow pitch for the Sun Lakes team that came in second in a national competition in 2005. He and Carol were ardent RVer’s for over six years. They truly enjoyed all the travel they did and all the people they met. He said that through his RV travels he has been able to play golf in every Canadian Province and in all but 8 of the states here in his adopted country.
Ironwood has been his home course since moving here and after a year as treasurer, has spent the last four years as the IMGA president. He has scored three holes-in-one (I hate when that happens) while playing the Ironwood course. Barry has been instrumental in keeping the men’s club a viable organization and we thank him for his tireless efforts.
Amongst his many interests, Barry has an extensive collection of pop music and also collects sports art, stamps, coins and hockey cards. I’m sure Barry will not be left with idle time after handing over the responsibilities of the IMGA presidency.