100-year old celebrates birthday by throwing a ball
BEDFORD — Leo-Paul Chauvin celebrated his 100th birthday by throwing out the first pitch on Tuesday before the New Hampshire Fisher Cats took on the Reading Fightin Phils.
“I don’t know if I did it right or not but I enjoyed it,” Chauvin said. “It was something different.”
Chauvin played ball for fun as a kid and played with his children, but taking the mound was a new experience for him. Not one to seek out the spotlight, he found the crowd a bit intimidating.
“It didn’t seem real that I was doing it,” Chauvin said.
Before the big day Chauvin practiced his pitching in the backyard of his assisted living facility in Bedford. After the game he returned to Carlyle Place in Bedford to celebrate with his family and neighbors.
Chauvin has never shied away from trying new things. He started driving a motorcycle in the 1980s, touring all over New England until he turned 96. Throughout his 90s Chauvin rode a bicycle for fun and exercise. He also took up rock climbing with his son Marc around that time.
A former ham radio operator, Chauvin was the first in his family to own a home computer when they became popular.
He moved to the United States from Woburn, a Province of Quebec, when he was six years old. The family eventually moved to the Granite State. As an adult he worked at Anchor Electric in Manchester’s Millyard until he retired. He raised four children and has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Chauvin said he never planned to get old but he’s glad he did and has enjoyed every minute.
“I try to do everything that I can and enjoy it like I did before,” Chauvin said.