John Edwards of Costa Mesa R&D (Fiatnutz on YouTube)

Discussion in 'In Memoriam' started by Dan Sarandrea (Phila), Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Dan Sarandrea (Phila)

    Dan Sarandrea (Phila) Waitin' On Parts...

    Philadelphia, PA
    John Gregory Edwards, 5/11/1948 --- 12/25/2017

    For those that may not know, John Edwards, master automotive machinist at Costa Mesa R&D, passed away on Christmas Day, 2017.

    (Thanks to JJ for posting on Facebook, which I happened to see this morning.)

    John was known in the FIAT community for his many, many informative and interesting videos posted under his accounts "Fiatnutz" and "Jo El" on YouTube:

    Hopefully some SoCal X-Heads who might have met John or had John do some work for them could chime in with thoughts and experiences.

    "John Gregory Edwards

    "Costa Mesa, CA

    "John Gregory Edwards, 69, passed away on Christmas day 2017 of a massive heart attack. John was born on May 11, 1948 in Indiana to John and Wanda Edwards and moved to California when he was a young boy. He opened his first auto repair shop, Automobili Prova, when he was in his early 20s. He married his wife, Elaine, on June 8th 1974 and they moved to Ventura in 1976. He started teaching with the ROP program in 1984 but decided to concentrate on writing books in 2000. His latest endeavour was Costa Mesa R & D in Costa Mesa CA, which he was still operating at the time of his death. John was a master machinist who will be missed not only by his family but by his customers as well. John leaves behind his wife Elaine Edwards, sister Jennifer Blake, niece Jill Blake, and nephew John Blake.

    "Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lesneski Mortuary in San Clemente CA.

    "Published in Ventura County Star on Jan. 20, 2018"
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018
  2. 128kid

    128kid Courtney Waters

    Charlotte, NC
    Sad news... I had just met John just before moving from SoCal to NC about 9 years ago. He helped me out with valve guide replacement on the cylinder head for my 124 wagon. He did excellent work and was a wealth of knowledge in machining and automotive engineering, and all around good dude. He will be missed!
  3. NM850

    NM850 True Classic

    Albuquerque NM
    That’s sad news. A wealth of knowledge lost.
  4. Dan Sarandrea (Phila)

    Dan Sarandrea (Phila) Waitin' On Parts...

    Philadelphia, PA
    JJ posted on Facebook that there is going to be a memorial for John at Costa Mesa R&D this coming Saturday, 2/24/18, from 11a to 4p. XWeb members local to the area probably should get ahold of JJ for more information.
  5. zonker

    zonker Just Another FIAT Freak

    Sun City, CA
    Saddened to read this now so late. RIP John.

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