This is going to upset quite a few classmates, seeing as how popular Len was…
Len passed away yesterday, Saturday, March 26, at a hospice facility in or near Vero Beach, FL.
I took a call today from Mike Hyman who relayed this sad news to me—he, in turn, having been notified by Judy Gault who had spoken directly with his wife, Sandra (Sandra Salembier, class of ‘56) earlier today or perhaps yesterday.
Len had been battling cancer for five years since being diagnosed in early 2006. About three weeks ago we received an email from Len that, in his words, “…when the chips are down, the Turk comes calling”—an analogous reference to the process by which an NFL football player is notified that he is being cut from the squad. His oncologist had notified him three days earlier to “contact hospice”.
Pursuant to all this I spoke with Len just last Sunday for a good 45 minutes. His hospice care was taking place at home by visiting nurse professionals and, of course, by Sandra. He seemed to be in fine spirits and was more eager to discuss other matters than his state of health. I did, however, manage to learn more about his condition which I am sharing with you on his Deceased page.
On the very next day, Monday, I learned from John Ottinger—who had spoken with Sandra briefly when he tried to reach Len—that Len had suddenly been taken to a hospice facility.
All very sudden. And then…
Yesterday, Saturday, March 26, Len’s five-year battle with cancer—a truly remarkable post-diagnosis stay—came to an end.
According to Judy a quiet family service was being held for Len at their home in Vero Beach, FL. I will attempt to reach her in a few days to learn more and to see if she is planning an obituary.
To reach Sandra by mail:
1240 40th Ave., SW
Vero Beach, FL 32968-4951