Yesterday State Representative Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) led the Illinois House in remarks as it paused proceedings to honor the passing of Frank and Cinda Edwards, as well as John Evans, who tragically lost their lives in a plane crash on Tuesday, January 28.
“Frank and Cinda were outstanding public servants,” said Murphy. “The professional and caring mentality they both brought to serving the community had a profound impact on both the City of Springfield and Sangamon County. They will not only be missed by their family and dear friends like myself, but the entire community that benefitted from their presence.”
Frank and Cinda Edwards recently celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary, having been married on January 15, 1983. Frank began his public service with the Illinois National Guard. Upon the completion of his National Guard service, he joined the Springfield Fire Department and served for twenty-five years, rising to become chief of the department. Frank then served on the Springfield City Council from 2003 to 2015, serving as interim mayor in the period of 2010-2011 following the passing of Mayor Tom Davlin.
Cinda’s life of caring for the community began as a nurse. She served the residents of Springfield and Sangamon County at Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital before becoming clinical director at Priority Care. She expanded her service to the community upon being elected to the Lincoln Land Community College Board of Trustees and became a well-known supporter of the Hoogland Center for the Arts and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the capital region. Cinda’s largest impact on elected office came when she was asked to take on the role of Sangamon County Coroner in 2011. Twice being reelected and, most importantly, restoring a level of trust in the office that had previously deteriorated.
On the day of the crash, Frank and Cinda were joined on the twin-engine Piper Aerostar by their friend John Evans, as well as their beloved dog, Lily. Frank and Cinda are survived by their loving son, Alex, as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to the remarks on the House floor, Murphy filed House Resolution 712 to mourn the passing of Frank and Cinda, which is co-sponsored by fellow central Illinois Representatives Tim Butler and Dan Brady.