The Flying Frenchman Last Lap
The checkered flag flew for the last time for St. David’s Erny “The Flying Frenchman” Thursday evening when the popular driver changed his earthly residence for a more eternal home. The 89-year-old was selected to the Maine Motorsports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 in October 2016.
Last year when Levesque learned that he was being placed in nomination to the Hall of Fame he shared that the doctors were sure that he would not survive the summer. He had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that is formed by malignant plasma cells generally found in the bones.
Sometimes a goal in life can greatly influence not only one’s mental state but also the physical condition. Levesque recognized that should he be selected he not only would need to prove the doctors wrong and survive the summer, he would need to make it to the induction April 15, 2017. In his mind the date looked like a long shot, yet he would give it his best effort.
The stride to the Hall of Fame would be full of obstacles that Levesque could not imagine that spring when he glimpsed at the future. Not only would Levesque need to deal with the cancer, he had a crash on his lawn tractor in June which nearly killed him.
The crash knocked him unconscious, breaking his arm, and leaving a large gash in his head. After being flown to Bangor and spending a few days there, he was transferred to Cary Medical Center in Caribou for five days. From there he was sent to Borderview Rehab/Nursing Home in Van Buren.
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