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Leemen Loy Shick, age 64, of Duluth, Georgia passed away on August 28 at his home, with his wife and daughter at his side. Mr. Shick was born June 2, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York.
Loy learned to ice skate in New York’s Central Park as a young child. He was a competitive short track speed skater and raced bicycles during High School and College. Loy graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1973. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1977.
After graduating from Wesleyan, Loy embarked on a cross country bicycle trip along the U.S. Canadian border. He took a slight southern detour to visit his older brother, who was on the faculty of the Afro-American Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While there, Loy added ice skating and ice dance to his speed skating regimen. Loy met his future wife, Jeanne Moorman, in the skating rink on the University campus. Later he proposed marriage in the middle of the rink and their marriage ceremony was also held on center ice. Their wedding was even featured on an evening newscast.
Loy and Jeanne continued to participate in ice dance for years, travelling to 6-8 ice dance weekends each year. Loy and Jeanne moved to Atlanta in 1998. When ice dance opportunities waned in the Atlanta area, they switched to ballroom dancing where they enthralled their friends with their smooth moves and flashy quicksteps. Only for fun, never for competition. Loy approached the world with science, humor, and a smile. He will be missed.
Loy was preceded in death by his father, Tom Wing Shick, Sr; his brother, Tom Wing Shick, Jr.; his mother Orie Eaddy Lu; and his stepfather Yung Shen Lu.
Loy is survived by his wife, Jeanne E. Moorman; his daughter, Tiffany Michelle Shick; his brother, Gary Lu Shick; nephews, Gary Lu Shick, Jr. and Michael Henry Shick; and great-nephew Lu Michael Shick.
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The family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 3570 Buford Hwy #202, Duluth, GA (678) 584-0914 www.GeorgiaCremation.com .
Ronnie Schmucker says
I am so very sorry to learn of Loy’s passing. I truly enjoyed meeting him at dance events and will always remember the dances we shared together. Jeanne thank you for sharing him with the ladies on the dance floor. He always smiled and was generous in helping me with dance moves. Gone too soon. Loy will be missed.
Carol Fox says
I’m so sorry to hear of Loy’s passing. I so appreciate knowing more about his life. Most of the time were caught in the blissful moment of dancing and their is so much more to know of ones life.
Jeanne, I so regretted this moment but knew it was inevitable. It was a BIG loss to everyone in the dance world and he will truly be missed. You have my utmost sympathy. I never once saw Loy without a smile on his face. He was indeed a gentleman and never ceased to help Dance City Ballroom with our studio parties for many, many years. I don’t know what Lenn would have done without him. Preparing the music every month and keeping the ladies happy on the dance floor. We all know that’s what Loy enjoyed. The dance parties will never be the same. Take care and God Bless!
Judy Pearson says
I was so sad to hear of Loy’s illness. Such an unkind disease. I hold such fond memories of numerous dance weekends where I’m not sure he ever stopped smiling or laughing! He introduced me to the Silver Samba and it remains a favorite dance today. We have lost a good one and there aren’t that many around these days. I hope all the wonderful memories sustain you. To Jeanne and Tiffany my deepest sympathy, send you much love and huge hugs to help you through.
Warren and Patricia Tuttle says
I am so sorry for your loss Jeanne. It’s a great loss for the Ballroom dance community. He was so generous to dance with all the ladies and you and Loy danced so joyfully and beautifully that you inspired all of us. Much love and prayers for the Shick family.
Stuart Jarratt says
Jeanne and Tiffany, I am so sorry for your loss. I agree with Cindy above (I never once saw Loy without a smile on his face).
Love and prayers. Stuart
BJ Kellogg says
Jeanne, what shocking news – I am so sorry to hear Loy has passed away. I know this will be a tremendous heart ache for you. I will keep you in my prayers. I was always so blessed to have a dance with Loy – his smiles were always encouraging and he never admitted when I made a mistake – he was a perfect gentleman. My heart goes out to you and your family.
Merritt and Christine Cowart says
Loy was a always a gentleman with a smile on his face. Loy was also a very good dancer. Christine and I are sorry for your loss Jeanne. May the peace of the Lord be with you.
Jon Hoovestol says
Sorry for your loss. He was such a nice guy. I used to watch him to learn the steps if I could not see the instructor.
Marion wright says
Such a shock, the world was better with him in it. He will be missed. Deep condolences to the family!
Mark Rahman says
Loy is truly a great loss for all of us. He wasn’t only smart and kind person, he was there for everyone who needed his help. Loy and Jeanne both gave so much of themselves to help others in the dance community on and off the dance floor. I am so sorry that I lost a great friend and a wonderful human being. He will be missed tremendously.
Lynn Moorman Koehl says
Loy was our “Polish” brother-in-law. His two fellow BIL’s are Polish(Cindy’s husband Peter Koblyski) and mine (Bob Koehl) has Polish on his mother’s side!
We are all sad about Loy’s passing and he will be in our hearts forever. To his friends my message is: he never stopped smiling. You are all so lucky to have known him.
Jemille R Williams says
Jeanne, I was just stunned to hear you have lost your beautiful husband. He was the picture of youthful fitness and health. Pancreatic cancer is a terrible adversary. You have my deepest condolences. I am sorry that he did not wish for a memorial service. Please rest assured that your dance community friends embrace you and look forward to holding a dance in his honor.
Nat and I have always enjoyed watching you two fly above the dance floor. Loy’s joyful smile lit up the room!
My sincerest condolences to Tiffany and all of your family and friends who share your grief.
Carol A Simmons says
We are so sorry for your loss Jeanne and Tiffany. Loy was such a sweetheart and his smile was infectious. You were a beautiful couple on the dance floor and I know he is missed by his dancing friends as well as all the others I’m sure he made.
Stefanie Haroz says
So sorry for your loss. He was a great person who was happiest dancing, with his wife Jeanne, to a fast quickstep all over a ballroom floor.
He will be missed but never forgotten .
Sandra Chan says
Jean, I wish this was a bad dream, my heart breaks for you! We will forever miss him on the dance floor. May God wrap His loving healing protective arms around you now and forever.
Teresa Libbey says
So sorry for your loss Jeanne (and Tiffany).
You and Loy, sharing your love of dance and each other in the Atlanta Dance community was a gift to all of us. He was a shining star on the dance floor and will be missed by all the people whose lives he touched.
Kathy and Wallace Marks says
No words can express our heartbreak for your family. Loy and his smile will be missed. Love and prayers.
Jeanne De Boer says
I am so sorry, Jeanne, that you have lost Loy. I so enjoyed watching you two dance. You both always wore a smile. I hope one day you will smile again as you recall many fond memories of Loy.
Joan Kottler says
Jeanne – I am so sad to hear of Loy’s illness and death. You’re in my thoughts.
Cathy Sheehan says
Dear Jeanne, what a tragic loss for you and your daughter. I’ve had you all in my heart since I heard the very sad news. What a nice tribute reading about your history together and seeing the lovely the photos of you both skating and dancing. As mentioned repeatedly and is so very true, Loy was such a gentleman, sweet and kind, with that smile that always elevated everyone in his presence. God surely thought so as well, and I believe he is in heaven where you will be rejoined one day. Every best wish to you and your daughter; I am keeping you all in my prayers. Love and blessings, Cathy Sheehan.
Donna C Landwehr says
Jeanne, the two of you were such an inspiration to me as I watched you both glide across the floor with such grace and ease.
Everyone knew by his expression that he loved to dance. Loy’s smile will be missed. It was an infectious smile that we all enjoyed seeing.
I am so sorry he passed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Velma Y. Julius says
Jeanne, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Tiffany and love ones during this difficult time. I’m glad I got a chance to meet Loy; I’ll always remember his infectious smile.