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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, February 24, 2008

By Brian Bailey

Les Garner, friend of ECU, passes

By Brian Bailey
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East Carolina lost an iconic symbol of its baseball program with the Monday passing of Les Garner at 89.

Garner, a decades-long supporter of ECU athletics, was a fixture at Pirate baseball games, bellowing out “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch of games at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

I always loved talking to Les at the East Carolina games, and spoke to him briefly on Saturday afternoon. He was watching the ECU-Monmouth game from the same spot in the press box from which the LeClair family would watch when Coach Keith LeClair was able to make a game before his passing from Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Garner, a former Greenville mayor and longtime civic and business leader, succumbed from an injury suffered in an accidental fall Saturday evening.

I guess Les is already bending Coach LeClair’s ear in heaven, telling him just how great Clark-LeClair stadium really is.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Garner family. We’ll certainly miss you Les!


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02/24/2009 02:31:10 AM


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