LeRoy M. Lake was born on Oct. 18, 1896 and died in Exeter, NH on Nov. 15, 1966. He was a retired dairy farmer and had enjoyed a political career as Selectman in the Town of Brentwood for more than 40 years having just been reelected in the Spring of 1966. He also had the distinction of serving two terms as representative in the NH General Court.
It was the Lake family's wish that the New Hampshire Bridge Association (NHBA), Unit 150 of the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) periodically recognize bridge players who have shown special qualities. A trophy was provided by the family of Mr. Lake to memorialize him and his love for the game that he had enjoyed playing and supporting for many years.
The first requirement: There should be a notable presence and certain degree of success in NH Duplicate Bridge during the year in which the award is made.
The second requirement: There should be some degree of involvement with the NHBA in the year of the award.
The third requirement: Notably the most important of all; recipients must have shown superior behavior and gracious presence not only at the bridge table but in the company of their peers when away from the table.
1968 Mrs. Arthur Houle 1969 Dorothy Damon 1970 Norman G. Sanborn 1971 Jane Smith 1972 James Beattie 1973 Paul Natale & James Hogan 1974 Louise Weber 1975 Marion Wyman 1976 Richard Laberge 1977 James Garnis 1978 Jean Dickinson 1979 Bruce McGinley 1980 Amy Scott 1981 Edward A. Gould 1982 Lee Weiner 1983 Rick Fletcher 1984 Joan Cook 1985 Geoff Phipps 1986 Phil Bell, Sr. 1988 Geoff Phipps 1989 Marcia Tarosky 1990 John Cook 1991 Ray Durocher 1992 James Drake 1993 Alleen Houle 1994 Linda Cardone 1995 Maurice Emond 1996 Margaret Noury 1997 Edward A. Gould 1998 Elaine Gardon 1999 Ernie Wilcox 2000 John Cook 2001 Merrick Weinstein 2003 James Felch 2004 Mark & Gretchen Teich 2012 Fred Graf and Bruce Downing 2017 Lawrence Cheetham 2018 Sarah Widhu & BL "Tink" Tysor 2019 Merrick Weinstein