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Gunstock went out of its way for family & friends of Mike Leahy

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To The Daily Sun,

Recently, we arranged with Greg Goddard, general manager at Gunstock Mountain Resort, and Patrick McGonagle, operations manager, a ceremony at the facility in honor of Michael Leahy, who grew up during the 1950s skiing at Belknap Ski Area (now Gunstock).

Mike was a member of the 1958-59 state championship Laconia High School Ski Team who excelled in jumping. Mike died suddenly last year and requested his ashes be scattered on top of Mount Rowe, where he skied frequently.

Mike, the son of Dr. Roland and Betty Leahy, had quite a sense of humor and left wishes that his ashes be distributed on top of the mountain on a day when Mount Washington could be seen. He wanted his family to be able to see the magnificent views from Gunstock.

Both Greg and Pat accommodated the request, but went way beyond approving this. They arranged a location at the foot of the 70 meter ski jump for the 20 family members and three ski team members including the coach, Woody Carville, to conduct the ceremony. Parking was arranged at the location, a space was plowed out for the event. Both Greg and Pat were present during the two hours.

After the family and ski team members related stories of Mike, his wife, son, and daughter were transported to the top of Mount Rowe to distribute his ashes. Then followed a luncheon at the Pistol Pub. Several of the group enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of skiing to retrace the trails Mike had skied on lately.

We appreciated the efforts of Greg and Patrick to organize and make sure that the event was successful. On a day when there was a large crowd and a major youth ski race, Greg and Pat willingly gave of their time to ensure the event went smoothly. This was a tribute to their efforts. The family and ski team thanks you for your concern and effort.

Dick Smith