Leroy M. Lake Award

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.

2017 Leroy Lake Award Presented to Lawrence Cheetham

Lawrence "Larr" Cheetham is a former member of the New Hampshire Bridge Association. He directs the John and Joan Cook Duplicate Bridge Club in Bow and the Tom Cheetham Duplicate Bridge Club in Nashua every other week. The Tom Cheetham club is named for Lawrence's father. Click here for more information.

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Leroy M. Lake Award Recipients

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   Rick Weinstein
2003   James Felch
2004   Mark & Gretchen Teich
2012   Fred Graf and Bruce Downing
2017   Lawrence Cheetham

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