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Daily Journal
     December 24, 2019      #44-358 KDJ
 
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Former Bourbonnais resident Tom Keroauc, 66, will retire after 50 years as Santa Claus. Tonight will be his last Christmas Eve as Santa.

Daily Journal/John Dykstra

After 50 years, Kerouac retires as Santa 

By John Dykstra
jdykstra@daily-journal.com


After breaking his pelvis in a car crash, Tom Kerouac spent nearly four weeks at St. Mary’s Hospital in April 1969.

When he saw all the child patients, the 16-year-old Kerouac asked the hospital’s Catholic nuns if Santa Claus came to see them. The nuns shook their heads no.

“I told them, ‘Santa is going to be here this year,’” recalled Kerouac. “And I did it. I put together a suit later that year, and I handed out candy canes to all the kids.”

But Kerouac ...

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Former Bourbonnais resident Tom Keroauc, 66, left, will retire after 50 years as Santa Claus. He will pass his suit down to his 56-year-old brother, Bobby Keroauc, who has dressed up as Buddy the Elf the past couple years.

John Dykstra, jdykstra@daily-journal.com