A tennis tournament/mixer will be held Saturday in memory of a man who loved bringing people together.
La Grange resident Peter Troy, who friends called the charismatic glue who would meld a diverse mix of people whose lives he touched, will be remembered through the Peter Troy Memorial Tennis Tournament at Five Seasons Family Sports Club in Burr Ridge.
“Peter had a general interest in people. He would make you think that you were his best friend,” said Rusty Snyder, organizer of the tournament. “He made you feel important. He had a knack for names and always had good stories and great jokes. He was just a good person.”
The tournament comes 15 months after a heart attack ended Troy’s life at the age of 62.
Troy wore many different hats during his life: Cook County prosecutor, Five Seasons tennis player and Harley-Davidson rider to name a few. He used his birthday (St. Patrick’s Day) and themed parties, such as Baconfest, to bring people to his La Grange home.
“He was proud of his circle of friends. He had a lot of interests,” said his daughter Bridget Troy Richardville. “He was close with neighbors, people in the state’s attorney’s office, Harley riders, tennis players. He was a great dad. He was too much of a person to capture in a few words.”
She said his wake provided an example of the different kinds of people with whom he associated.
“This is not a formal thing; it’s meant to be a lot of fun,” said Snyder, who played tennis with Peter Troy for six years. “I would encourage people of all ability levels to come out. There may be a group that wants to get into singles and doubles competition; and there may be a group that is out to have fun and switches partners after games. Some people will not play at all and just come for the barbecue and the raffles. Some people might stop by just to drop off a check.”
Raffle tickets will be earned for each match won and every $25 donation made to support Honor Flight, which transports World War II veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorial created in their honor.
Troy was a big supporter of veterans and memorials made after his death raised enough money to cover the Honor Flight expenses of eight veterans.
“He would say he was in the Navy, but never served on a boat,” Snyder noted. “At the end of the day, he had a lot of respect for veterans. It was another tribute to who he was and what he thought about people.”
Troy’s daughter, Bridget, said it is one thing for family members to work to keep a loved one’s memory alive, but when others want to pay tribute it is something special.
“When Rusty reached out to us about the tournament, I thought it was a great example of my dad being loved by so many people, so many different friends,” she said. “To coordinate something like this is quite remarkable and a great testament to my dad.”Tags: Five Seasons Family Sports Club, Peter Troy Memorial Tennis Tournament