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 Leroy Patrick Chollet

Leroy Patrick Chollet

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 10 Jun 1998 (aged 74)
Ohio, USA
Burial Milan, Erie County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 30475437 · View Source
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Leroy P. Chollet, an All-America basketball player for Canisius College in the late 1940s and the first in this area to score more than 1,000 points in his college career, died Wednesday (June 10, 1998) in Lutheran Home, Lakewood, Ohio, after a battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73.

Dubbed "The Bayou Beauty" by Buffalo sportswriters, the Louisiana native played forward for three years on a succession of standout Golden Griffins teams. He scored 381 points his first season in 1946-47, 317 the next and 418 in his final year.

A popular player here, Chollet went on to play pro basketball with the former Syracuse Nationals of the National Basketball Association for two seasons before moving to his wife's hometown in Ohio and becoming a high school teacher and coach.

"He was a great player to coach," said his former coach, Joe Niland. "He came out every day to play, and he played as hard as he could. He was a great team player."

Niland noted that in those days, Canisius was rated as high as sixth-best in the nation and played some of the country's top-ranked teams.

Chollet was inducted into Canisius' Golden Griffin Hall of Fame in 1964.

Born in New Orleans, he served in the Navy in World War II and played basketball for a season with Loyola University in New Orleans.

He decided to transfer to Canisius, which had a stronger basketball program, after visiting Buffalo with his brother, Hilary, who was an All-America football player at Cornell University.

He moved to Lakewood in the early 1950s and coached basketball, football and track at St. Edward's School for nearly 20 years. He also taught history, government and political science at the school, retiring in the early 1980s.

He also served as a coach for the Lakewood Recreation Department and helped develop many sports and recreational programs.

Active in Republican politics, he was noted as a raconteur with a fine sense of humor and frequently spoke to civic and social groups. He also loved to debate.

Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara Knaus; two sons, Lawrence of Nyack and David of Rocky River, Ohio; a daughter, Melanie Lynch of Lakewood; and three grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was offered Monday in St. Luke's Church, Lakewood. Interment was in Milan Cemetery, Milan, Ohio.




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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Leroy Patrick Chollet (5 Mar 1924–10 Jun 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30475437, citing Milan Cemetery, Milan, Erie County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Tony Larson (contributor 46936896) .