Family and friends gathered to pay tribute to Jeff Leidel, who was honored with the 22nd Annual Gerald Turley Memorial Award presented by the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Thursday night.
The award was created in 1994 to honor a Greenville citizen who has demonstrated personal sacrifice, involvement, innovation, and community leadership to promote the success of Greenville and was named for Gerald Turley, a former mayor.
Retired Keyesport Fire Chief Tom Hoffman praised Leidel for his efforts to assist the local emergency response community, Becky Blackburn of the Greenville Police Department spoke of Jeff’s love of music, Greenville High School Athletic Director Joe Alstat highlighted Jeff’s dedication to the Comets and Sports Boosters, Darryl Bolen thanked Leidel’s family for sharing him with the community over the course of his distinguished career, and Dave Courvoisier, a fellow journalist and fellow member of the GHS Class of 1970 sent a special greeting all the way from Las Vegas.
Chamber Executive Director John Goldsmith provided a friendly roast, Chamber Board President Michael Ritter presented Jeff with the 22nd Annual Gerald Turley Memorial Award, and then it was time to hear from the honoree:
Leidel thanked his many well-wishers and his family and shared a special appreciation for his late friend Lester Harnetiaux, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this year, after heading up the effort to nominate Jeff for the honor.
You can see the video of last night’s Gerald Turley Memorial Award Program Friday at 6:00 p.m. on New Wave Cable Channel 18 in Greenville.