Larry Turville relayed the great story of Roger Gentilhomme, whose funeral is today in Massachusetts. If we can learn something from the lives of others, check this one out…
According to a piece in the Boston Globe, “The year after he retired, Roger Gentilhomme went to the recreation center near his winter home in Dunedin, Fla., and on a whim took a tennis lesson.
It was as if the game awaited his arrival. Mr. Gentilhomme began a 36-year run as an athlete, competing in tennis, bowling, and shuffleboard at senior games and collecting 40 gold medals as he traveled across the country and around the world.
“Once he found out about it, he never looked back,’’ said his daughter, Calla Jean Schaefer Adams. “He never could get enough tennis and played almost every day until a few months ago. He was out every morning.’’
Lynn Salus, of the USTA Florida writes, “For those of you that were at our Annual Meeting two years ago and met Roger Gentilhomme (our centurion tennis player) I wanted to share the information below on his passing. His funeral is tomorrow [June 24] in MA. If you would like to send a note to his family please send it to Calla Jean and Doug Adams at 348 Acapesket Rd; Falmouth, MA 02536. Our foundation and STL committee will be making a donation in his memory on behalf of USTA Florida to the Roger Gentilhomme Foundation which will support the Leslie S. T. Fang Research Foundation at Mass General Hospital and also provide travel assistance to super-senior tennis athletes in order to compete in the biannual National Senior Games Association.”