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Paula LeRoy – a Grand Dame of StFYC
We've lost a Grand Dame of St. Francis Yacht Club with the passing of Paula LeRoy. Paula was the dynamic “Commodora” of StFYC in 1992 alongside her beloved husband and soulmate Bill during his tenure as Commodore. In 1993, Paula was honored as StFYC Yachtswoman of the Year.

Bill and Paula LeRoy with their grandchildren at the Club during holiday celebrations. 

We've lost a Grand Dame of St. Francis Yacht Club with the passing of Paula LeRoy. Paula was the dynamic “Commodora” of StFYC in 1992 alongside her beloved husband and soulmate Bill during his tenure as Commodore. In 1993, Paula was honored as StFYC Yachtswoman of the Year.

Paula was a quintessential and tireless supporter of our beloved Club and all of our members. She was the warm smile that welcomed us, the bright mind always innovating, the cheerleader who brought us together and motivated us to greater heights. She also served many years in roles of Director of St Francis Sailing Foundation and subsequently as Advisor, providing many creative ideas during her tenure.

Paula’s family was everything to her: as Bill was her soulmate, her children and grandchildren were the stars of her sky. An excellent sailor, Paula was fearless and one of the first attendees of the US Sailing Woman’s Offshore Sailing Clinic. She skippered a women-only Tahiti cruise, and always had room on her Tinsley Island houseboat for Women’s Cruise attendees. Off the water, she created and sold a pension support business, and taught countless friends to play mahjong. She was a peripatetic traveler and cruiser, she LOVED the Giants and Spring Training in Arizona. Not only was she fun and extremely generous, she was a perpetual source of out of the box ideas and had the organization to make them happen. She was upbeat with a “we can do it” attitude that was infectious and a joy to have on the team.

“Paula and Bill set a very high bar as Commodore and Commodora that has formed my expectation of leadership ever since,” said Staff Commodore Jim Cascino. “Those honored by knowing Paula will miss her specialness - her energy, her charm, her inclusiveness and care.  We have lost a Grand Dame, but her memory continues to uplift and show the way of a life well-lived.”

We will miss her.

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