François Lecomte

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Longtime Rotary Club Pattaya Marina secretary and sergeant at arms François Lecomte died in his sleep in Pattaya on the night of April 21. He was 73.

Lecomte was known for his tireless work for the Rotary, his exceptional friendliness and helpful personality, despite being confined to a wheelchair since youth due to polio.

Born on Sept. 27, 1944 in Diges, France, Lecomte’s father took the family around the world through his job as a development manager. But during their stay in Morocco, Lecomte, then 8, contracted polio. He was able to walk for several years, but eventually his mobility succumbed to the disease.

Despite his impairment, he never lost his sense of humor or adventure and and traveled the world during holidays from his job as the international freight manager at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

Upon retirement in 2006 he moved to Pattaya, where he had visited regularly since 1975.

Lecomte joined the French-language Rotary club Pattaya Marina upon his arrival and remained active until the night he died.