The family of the late Troy Vick is hoping to have a strong turnout this Thursday, April 4, for a drive-thru dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Fagundes Meats in the 100 block of Jason Street just off of North Main Street.
The dinner funds athletic scholarships in Vick’s memory. Vick was killed in a traffic accident in Tracy on Jan. 13, 2013.
The $15 dinner consists of roasted chicken and tri-tip chili bean cup, scallop potatoes and a roll.
For shut-ins there are two delivery volunteers.
Phyllis Vick Jameson recalled that Troy was her first grandchild and that her son Todd – a high school PE teacher – raised him alone as a single parent. Troy’s grandfather Walker Vick was the athletic director at Manteca High. Looking back over the years she said Troy had played baseball first at Manteca High and then at Sierra. Troy’s dad Todd taught both at Manteca High and Sierra High School. Troy also served in the U.S. Army for four years, first in Kentucky and then in Iraq, receiving a sharp shooter medal.
“When I would fix him something to eat, he would give me a big hug and say ‘good grub grandma,’” Phyllis said.
She added that Kristin Frisk and friends got the ball rolling toward a fundraiser in 2013 after his death. Phyllis noted that the scene of his accident at Tracy Boulevard and Howard Road has three four-foot-high wooden crosses that were erected in his memory adding that flowers are still left at that intersection.
Troy was buried at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.
The entire family of more than a dozen relatives has been going on annual retreats every year either to the coast or to the hills for a happy remembrance of Troy’s life – a happy time by all – something they feel Troy would have appreciated knowing they were doing so.
Troy and his niece Emily had been very close as she was a special needs child, who is now 27. They were always together, she said. He would work her puzzles with her and read her books aloud every chance he got.
He later enjoyed playing Texas Hold-em poker in Las Vegas and lived there for a time before returning to Manteca.
Anyone unable to attend the dinner drive-through but still wishing to donate to the scholarship fund may do so by dropping donations by the Farmers and Merchants Bank on North Main Street.
Friends and relatives have raised nearly $40,000 for scholarships in Troy’s honor over the years.
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