During those 40 years of service, Edwards had an answer for everything, said Mulder. He was one of those people that would make things happen, and keep things together when things got tough.
“Even when he had to make a decision that wasn’t very popular, Jerry had a way of explaining things to tell them the way it was so that they understood. And even if they weren’t in agreement with it, they understood how it worked… he had a knack a lot of people didn’t have.”
Edwards was a referee and a coach for many years, and coached the Beloit Peewee A team in his hometown of Beloit. He was a cofounder of the Beloit Youth Hockey Association, and cementing his legacy with the program, the Beloit association eventually named the rink after him.
In 1991, Edwards received the top honor for volunteer work with USA Hockey when he was named the recipient of the Wm. Thayer Tutt Award.
Mulder said that one of his favorite memories of Edwards came not at the rink, but through one of Edwards’ hobbies.