The Edwards had a daughter, Dorothy, born while they were in Toronto. Another daughter, Jeanne, was born in Montreal. But when Jeanne was four months old, Stocky’s wife caught polio – a dreaded disease in the days before the vaccine – and died. Nothing that had happened to Stocky during the war could compare to the grief and shock he felt now. His wife’s sister came to help him care for his two young children, but he felt that it was impossible for him to remain in St Hubert. He requested a posting and was soon on his way to British Columbia. He took his young children and his sister-in-law with him. in BC, he was in charge of a search-and-rescue operation at RCAF Station Sea Island.
And now Stocky and Toni’s paths crossed again. After her discharge from the air force, Toni had become a nurse in Vancouver. In 1949, when she heard that Stocky’s wife had died, she had written to express her sympathy. After he arrived in Vancouver, Stocky wrote to her, inviting her to dinner. She accepted the invitation and soon they were dating again. They were married in Vancouver on February 3, 1951, and in 1952, Stocky finally regained his wartime rank of wing commander, and an important new assignment.
Adapted from: Hehner, Barbara. Desert Hawk: The True Story of Stocky Edwards, World War II Flying Ace (Kindle Locations 59-61). HarperCollins Canada. Kindle Edition.