Memorial Day is an important day in America, as it is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  We are very grateful for what these soldiers did for our country, and for what they have done to make life better for us.

This Memorial Day, let us also remember those close friends and family we have loved and lost over the years.  We see more loss in the senior living industry than some others, as those we serve are perhaps a bit closer to the winter of life than the spring.  However, what strikes me as one of the most rewarding aspects of the retirement industry is that we are able to spend these important years with our residents and community members—those years when we are done proving to the world who we want to be, but accept and find comfort with who we are.  Wisdom, confidence, generosity, and warmth are qualities that describe most of those age 70+ whom I know and have come to respect and enjoy immensely.

This Memorial Day, say a little prayer for your loved ones who graced our world and left, knowing that each of us leaves the world a little better than it was when we arrived.  The Plymouth Harbor Foundation is grateful for the many gifts over the past year made in memory of the friends and family listed below.

Remembering with Gratitude
Zach Abuza
Barbara Argenti
Katherine Barbera
William Beckert
Gil Bosse
Gloria (Glo) Broderick
Sally Brown
Sheldon W. Brown
LuVerne Conway
Wendy Gremban
Lydia & Marco Hecht
Frank Heider
Gordon Jones
Ranier Josenhanss
Donald Kerr
Harley Koets
Jenny Lassen
Gena Magoon
Robert McNulty
Robert Merrill
Hope Mitchell
Betty Monroe
Jeanne Nunn
George Peters
Walter Schachtel
Dan Siesel
Tena Underwood
Tom Vandervalk
Elton & Penny Yasuna

 The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil

One special person we can all remember and be thankful for on Memorial Day is the Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, who would have celebrated his 103rd birthday on the 29th of this month.  Indeed, the Reverend Dr. MacNeil left this world a good deal better as a result of his visionary leadership.  The founder of Plymouth Harbor, the Reverend Dr. MacNeil and his small group of rainmakers set out in the early 1960s to build a retirement community of distinction, and in 1966 Plymouth Harbor opened its doors.  He was also the driving force behind New College.  As a man who some said would never reach the peak of his ambitions, he truly made a tremendous impact on Sarasota during his tenure here.  The Reverend Dr. MacNeil died in 1979, at the young age of 68.