This year my father, former Pennsylvania Governor George M. Leader, would have turned 100 years old. I wish he had lived to reach this milestone as yet one more accomplishment. He had contributed so much during his life as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, naval officer, poultry farmer, state senator, governor, health care entrepreneur and founder of Country Meadows Retirement Communities.
As a father myself, I seek to pass along certain values with the hope of making a difference. My dad was my inspiration. Respect for others, compassion for the disadvantaged and love for his family and friends (and really of everyone he touched) were his best characteristics. In my opinion, the greatest lesson he taught us, the greatest gift he gave us, was to love others.
Dad was very proud that his health care endeavors have always been a family affair. His first partner was his late wife of 71 years, Mary Jane. Over the next three decades, their children and son-in-law joined them in the profession. Then they were thrilled when their grandchildren came into the business. Our family’s main emphasis through the years has been to provide high-quality services at reasonable costs through a compassionate, well-trained and highly motivated team of professionals—a philosophy of friendly, person-to-person caring that has become a Leader tradition.
Thirty-five years later, we are still family owned and managed right here in Pennsylvania. We’re dedicated to helping families find the right retirement lifestyle and support for their needs, even if they choose to live elsewhere. It’s the way my father did it. And, it’s what our family carries on today.
So, thank you, Dad (and Mom), for instilling in me and our family the values of treating individuals with dignity and respect and, like family.
Happy Father’s Day,
G. Michael Leader
President & CEO
Country Meadows Retirement Communities
2 thoughts on “Thank you, Dad.”
This is a wonderful letter. Your father sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for your kind remarks. We will pass this along to Mike Leader. Governor Leader was a lovely individual, indeed. Thank you!