The Swim Coach Who Couldn’t Swim
During his younger years, LeRoy was a teacher at St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota. “I was teaching physics and having a great time,” LeRoy reminisces fondly.
At the time, the school had a football team and other various sports teams, but it lacked a swimming team. The president of the school called LeRoy into his office one day and told him that they wanted him to be the swim coach. “I said ‘Oh Father, I would do most anything for you, but I don’t know how to swim!” says LeRoy. He was still given the job anyways despite inexperience in the water.
When the team would win a meet, it was customary that the coach be thrown in the pool. “Half the team would throw me into the pool,” laughs LeRoy. “Thirty seconds later the other half would jump in to save me from drowning.”
Staying Active at 104
In addition to his daily walks, LeRoy had also played golf until recently with his daughter, stopping only when he turned 100 years old. He claims to have given up golf for two reasons, “I was getting kind of old and I was losing a lot of balls.” His daughter’s game kept improving, so LeRoy vowed he would stop the game on a day she beat him.
LeRoy’s Life at his Senior Living Community
With the help of his daughter and her family, LeRoy made the decision to move into a senior living community when he was 99 years old. “I didn’t like to make coffee. I didn’t like to make muffins. In fact, I didn’t like to cook,” he says when asked about his reasons for beginning the search.
While some of his motivations for a move may have been the readily accessible and delicious food offerings at the community, LeRoy touches the hearts of those he interacts with at The Commons on Marice.
“LeRoy is exactly the kind of person that makes The Commons such a special place,” says Dani Minnick, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Commons on Marice. “He’s well-known for being a centenarian, but around here, we just know him as the kind man with a great smile and a sense of humor to match.”
He loves engaging with everyone he meets. “He is generous with his time and always willing to share on of his great stories – he finds ways to connect and share wisdom in a way that’s truly inspiring,” says Dani.