NEW ORLEANS —
The life and career of long-time New Orleans Saints and Pelicans public address announcer Chuck Edwards was honored on Monday night.
Ahead of the tip-off between the Pelicans and Pacers game, fans stood together for a moment of silence to remember Edwards at Smoothie King Center.
“He loved the games, he loved the fans, he loved his family,” said his mother, Patsy Clements while talking with WWL-TV’s Paul Dudley courtside before the game.
Before his heart attack last week, Edwards had only missed one game in his more than two decades as an announcer, his mother said.
“What would you like people to remember about your son, Chuck?” asked Dudley to Lewis Clements, Edwards' father.
“The fact that he took his job very seriously. He wanted to be a professional. I think he accomplished that,” Lewis said.
In a joint statement, the Pelicans and Saints said in part:
“...the legion of our fans with the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans will miss Chuck enormously and will remember his presence, his warmth, and his voice."
Those feelings were echoed by friends like Kyle Curley, who worked with Edwards in radio and with the Saints as the man behind the music in between plays. The two worked together in radio since 1995.
“He was always the person who was by your side, if something happened he was always there with a positive word,” said Curley. “It was just one of those genuine heartfelt things that you don’t come by all that often.”
Friends also remembered Edwards for his wit and his dry sense of humor. And Edward’s personality wasn’t the only thing that was authentic. So was his voice.
“He had one of those voices that really boomed,” said Curley. “It’s genuine that’s just the way he talked all the time.”
His family, friends and fans are shocked Edwards is gone at just 49 but his mom and dad hope his dedication to work can inspire others to pursue their dreams. And while so many at Smoothie King Monday will miss his voice, his mother will also miss something else.
“I’ll just miss his face,” said Patsy Clements
Monday, the courtside press seat where Edwards normally sat was specifically left open.