Optimist Club holds surprise 100th birthday celebration for WWII, Korean War veteran
QUINCY — The Optimist Club of Quincy honored longtime member Louis Demers with a surprise 100th birthday celebration during their Sept. 5 meeting at the American Legion.
A lifelong Quincy resident, Demers enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 and honorably served his country in World War II as well as the Korean War.
Demers’ accomplishments include:
- Guinness world record holder as the world’s oldest lifeguard –https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/oldest-active-lifeguard
- Member of Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame
- Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” award recipient from Federal Aviation Administration
- Featured in Illinois Stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ7sNYySHE8
Demers also spent much of his time volunteering with organizations such as the Quincy Family YMCA, Mississippi Valley Council Boy Scouts, Quincy University and many more.
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