In Loving Memory of Fay Vidra-Vass, Founder of FDR Day

October 20, 2018

May 10, 1929 - October 8, 2018


Fay Vidra-Vass lived a full life as a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, sister-in-law and friend.


She leaves behind her husband Ron of 38 years, her daughters Nina and Michelle and her granddaughter Hannah, all of whom she loved very much.


Fay spent the second half of her life here on Roosevelt Island; she and Ron moved here after her daughter Michelle had a tragic car accident 44 years ago and was transferred to what was then Goldwater Memorial Hospital.


Fay turned her sorrow and the adversity of this tragedy into something positive and became an advocate for the disabled. She recruited people from the Island and organized the infamous FDR Day. It was a day of awareness and celebration, which included a parade, wheelchair olympics, music and food. Athletes and friends came from all five boroughs.


Fay was also involved in the politics of Roosevelt Island. She was a dedicated voice of the residents, representing everyone from the youth to the seniors. Everyone in management knew her well.


Fay was so full of life and abundant energy. She loved being a part of the Roosevelt Island community, which also enabled her to spend endless hours caring for her daughter Michelle. As much as she enjoyed caring for others, Fay took pride in her appearance and also kept busy with her other joys: shopping and a bit of pampering!


Let us remember Fay for her vitality and spirit as it is now time for her to rest. May it be peaceful for her, and comforting to those that knew and loved her.


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