July 9, 2009
NISKAYUNA, N.Y. - Former University of Houston men's basketball player Sidney Edwards died at his home Tuesday morning following a short illness. He was 58 years old.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (EST), Saturday, at the Friendship Baptist Church (409 Union St., Schenectady, N.Y.). Burial will take place at Park View Cemetery (Schenectady, N.Y.). A calling hour will be held prior to the service at the church from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (EST).
Edwards is survived by his mother, Ruth Edwards of Niskayuna; sisters Sylvia (Alvin) Smith of Schenectady and B. Laverne Edwards of Niskayuna; stepchildren Greg and Tiffany Thompson and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Edwards competed at UH from 1971 to 1974, playing in 80 games while scoring more than 700 points. He was a member of Cougar teams that posted a combined 60-20 record during his tenure and competed at the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regionals in 1972 and 1973.
Playing at 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds as a forward, Edwards served as a team captain during his senior season in 1973-74.
Prior to joining UH, Edwards played basketball at Linton High where he was an All-America performer.
Following his Cougar playing days, Edwards played semi-pro basketball in Germany for several years and competed with the Harlem Globetrotters for three seasons. For the last 20 years, he worked as an independent over-the-road truck driver and helped his sisters establish the E.S.E. Trucking Company of Niskayuna.
In 2007, he was named to the Schenectady Area Basketball Hall of Fame and was recognized as one of the top-50 players from the capital district a year ago.
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