If you are a lacrosse player or coach in the Lower Hudson Valley, then you knew Tom L.
It would have been hard not to. Tom Lener attended hundreds of games each year — high school, college, summer camps, you name it. He worked as a statistician for the Sound Shore Summer League.
Though he himself never played or coached, he was as well-known in the area as many who did.
I just received some very sad news. Tom died this weekend.
I know the entire lax community joins me in extending our deepest sympathies to his family.
We will post more information — including funeral arrangements — as soon as it becomes available.
Update on memorial service (Nov. 29): We have obtained information on the speakers on the memorial service for Tom Lener, scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. at the YCCC Theatre. The speakers are: Barry Bocklet (John Jay), Paul Carcaterra (No Limit Lacrosse), Scott Bulkely (Darien assistant), Adam Lodewick (Yorktown assistant), Brian Dalton (Fox Lane co-coach), Dave Marr (Yorktown coach) as well as players Michael Bonitatibus (Yorktown) and Tyler Foley (Darien).
Update on memorial service (Nov. 19): Just received word that arrangements have been finalized for a public memorial service for Tom. It will be held at the Yorktown Community & Cultural Center on Commerce Street at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. (This is the former sixth-grade school.)
Update on memorial service (Nov. 18): Mitch Lieberman, speaking on behalf of the Lener family, just called me with information regarding a memorial service. He said: “The Lener family expresses their deep appreciation and gratitude for the outpouring of support, however Tom desired his service to be a private, family-only event. The family appreciates everyone respecting Tom’s wishes and their privacy during this difficult time. A community memorial service will be scheduled in the coming weeks.”
• “Tribute to Tom L. by George Baldassare and LaxPower.com”:http://www.laxpower.com/laxnews/news.php?story=11848
• Journal News/LoHud.com article: “Well-known local lacrosse fan Lener dies at age 50”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008811180384