TROY - The Troy Chamber of Commerce's Annual "Person of the Year Award" Wednesday actually went to not one, but two people - Jerry and Sally Vickery.

During the Chamber meeting at Edgewood's Restaurant in Troy, the award was presented to Sally Vickery. Jerry Vickery was unable to attend due to health reasons. Their sons, Bruce Vickery and his wife, Sarah, of Wellsboro, and Bill Vickery of Troy, also were present.

"I think it was such a nice honor," said Sally, when asked for comment. "We just couldn't believe that happened to us." She said they "thank everybody very much."

At the meeting, people shared many nice comments about the Vickerys, especially Jerry Vickery's love and support of local athletes. Chamber president Debi Hulslander said the award was for the Vickerys' "continued support and things done for Troy over the years."

Bruce Vickery shared some biographies about his parents, which read as follows:

"My dad's lifetime involvements are a testament to his Trojan pride and love for the Troy community. He was a graduate of Troy High School, Class of 1956; Gettysburg College, Class of 1960; and Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Class of 1962."

He continued, "my grandfather founded the Vickery Funeral Home in 1946. Dad joined him in practice in 1962. To this day, he continues to serve families at the Vickery Funeral Home. He was a member of the Pennsylvania National Funeral Directors Associations, and was former President of the Tri-County Funeral Directors Association. He served as Bradford County Deputy Coroner for 35 years."

He said that his father's community activities include the Troy Lion's Club, where his dad was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honor conferred to a Lion in recognition of humanitarian efforts.

"He was a 45-year member and past President of the Troy Chamber of Commerce; former past President of the Troy Alumni Association; Trojan Masonic Lodge; Armenia Snowmobile Club; social member of the Troy Veterans Club; member and past President of the Mountain Lake Association; Armenia Mountain Debating Society; and Troy Little League, where he coached his sons for 10 years and served as Secretary/Treasurer for 15 years."

Bruce Vickery also noted, "Dad is a member of the Troy First United Methodist Church. He was a former Sunday School Teacher and Trustee. He was an Eagle Scout, and was formerly active with Scout Troup #47. He served as chairman of local drives for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and the Boy Scouts of America."

"Dad has served as a director for the following institutions: First Bank of Troy; Martha Lloyd School; Troy Ambulance Association; American Cancer Society - Bradford County Unit; Trojan Booster Club - 35 years; Troy Area School District Foundation; Troy Community Swimming Pool; and Trustee for the Case Community Trust Fund."

He added, "I know that Dad is very proud of his campaign efforts to 'Save the Troy Community Hospital Building Fund Campaign' in 1974. He also served on the Leadership Committee for the successful 24-hour 'Troy Hospital Emergency Room Fundraising Drive' in 1992. He was on the Troy Community Hospital Advisory Panel for 10 years."

"He further was the President of the Bradford/Sullivan County Lion's Eye Bank. He was certified to perform eye enucleations at Wills Eye Hospital for Corneal Transplants. He was named 'Lion of the Year' by the eye bank in 1987. He was recognized by CORE in 1997 for his help with organ recovery and education."

"Dad's love for the Troy community and the Troy Area School District is heartfelt and sincere. He has a true passion for Trojan sports and is a great supporter of the boys' and girls' programs. He can be seen and heard on the sidelines and in the stands, rooting and cheering for the Trojans."

Regarding his mother, Sally Vickery, Bruce Vickery wrote, "my Mom graduated from Troy High School, class of 1955; Bloomsburg University, class of 1959. Sally is the only child of G. Leslie Smith and Helen Smith of Troy."

He added that is mother's community activities include: Troy Community Swimming Pool Board of Directors; Bradford County Children Youth Services; First United Methodist Church; and former teacher at Canton High School.

He called her a "devoted wife and mother" and a "loving grandmother to three grandchildren, Stephanie (Tim) Marzo of Philadelphia and Noah and Micah Vickery of Wellsboro."

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: