Posted on 17 May 2019
The department was deeply saddened by the news that Chris Edmondson, a founder member of the SUPA Group, tragically died earlier this week after being involved in a car accident.
Chris was a long-time Chair of the SUPA Group and was heavily involved in both the teaching and recruitment of student social workers. He was an inspiration to both staff and generations of students, as someone who, despite life-limiting conditions and serious physical impairments, lived a full and active life. In his classes he promoted the voice of service users and, in particular, challenged students to support the rights of disabled people to live as equal members of the community.
What we will most remember about Chris is his keen intelligence and strength of character: a man who - despite having what for many would be insurmountable barriers to independence - studied to degree level, lived independently and worked full-time in a job where he worked ceaselessly to promote the rights and opportunities of disabled people in York.
Everyone in the Department and the SUPA Group sends their sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.