Half-cent collector Bernard Edison of St. Louis has passed away. Here's an excerpt from his online obituary. -Editor
Edison, Bernard Alan aged 90 and former president and CEO of Edison Brothers Stores, Inc, died early Wednesday morning at home, surrounded by family. Mr. Edison - Bunny to his friends built a thriving shoe business
into what was, during the 1970s, the largest women's shoe retailer in the US. He helped diversify the business into a specialty retailer, with stores such as Jeans West, J. Riggings, and 5-7-9.
In addition to his own accomplishments, Bunny served as a director on the boards of Mercantile Bancorporation, General American Life Insurance Company, Reinsurance Group of America, and Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
As a coin collector, Bunny amassed the world largest collection of half-cents, as well as the world's largest collection of error half-cents - coins that were faulty. He named that collection the Davy Collection,
after his youngest son.
Bunny was a talented poet and wordsmith, and would often read poetry to his family. He had a special fondness for Robert Frost and the short stories of O. Henry. He loved keeping up with developments in science and
mathematics, a lifelong love of learning that he passed to his children, who loved him very dearly.
To read the complete article, see:
Bernard Alan Edison (https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=188793055)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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