Hurricane Katrina

Harry LeBlanc, 92, Waveland

For 93 years, Harry LeBlanc touched people's lives both personally and professionally.

The Waveland resident had been a structural iron worker whose jobs took him from New Orleans to New York City.

LeBlanc helped build the Louisiana Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints and Nokia Sugar Bowl. He also worked on the Twin Towers in New York City and Sears Tower in Chicago.

Family was the main priority for LeBlanc, who shared a special bond with his close-knit group in South Mississippi.

Allison Manieri, LeBlanc's granddaughter, was a big part of his life. Ricky Manieri Jr., Manieri's son and LeBlanc's great-grandson, plays baseball and soccer at Bay High. LeBlanc attended his great-grandson's games. Ricky Jr. graduates in May.

"My grandfather was extremely close to us,'' Manieri said. "He loved watching Billy Goat (Ricky Jr.'s nickname) play. My son has dedicated his senior season to my grandfather.''

Whenever LeBlanc was not at games, he could be found either cooking or walking.

"He loved cooking, especially Cajun foods,'' Manieri said. "He also walked anywhere between two and six miles a day, depending on the weather.''

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