So long, Lenny

On August 17, 2013, in Uncategorized, by admin

The Waterville Valley community is greatly saddened by the loss of one of our own. The irrepressible Lenny Emery has passed away after struggling with illness for several months.

If you’re a Waterville Valley regular, you no doubt think of Lenny as the keyboard accompanist to a great many happy evenings with friends. Lenny, an accomplished musician, was always willing to volunteer, providing the sound track to the Waterville Valley Adaptive Rodeo many times, and a host of other charitable events. The sound of Lenny was the sound of lounge music mingling with laughter and good cheer.

Lenny was an incredibly generous man, giving freely of his time, energy, and literally opening his home to guests. He and his constant companion Margaret Turner have been mainstays of the Shakespeare in the Valley program, kindly offering housing to a whole generation of rising young actors. Lenny was always one of the very first to offer help in any situation. His passing will leave a big hole in our community’s support of the arts.

In fine Waterville Valley tradition, Lenny was the core of a crew of fast-skiing friends. He just about always made first chair, and woe be unto you if you thought 7:45 was going to cut it on a powder morning. Lenny would have you beat by a mile, up front shuffling his feet and waiting for the bell.

I join with the boards of directors of the Waterville Valley Foundation and the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports in thanking Lenny for his generous support over the years, and extending our deepest sympathies to Margaret and Lenny’s family. Wherever you are, Lenny, I trust it is first tracks and soft powder. We will miss you very much.