Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00
Fay, who classmates described as a loyal, passionate friend with a witty sense of humor, was driving a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja 250R motorcycle south on East Gate Boulevard in Garden City when he struck a box truck driven by a driver with a suspended license, police said. Fay would have turned 20 on June 6.
The death of the former wrestling standout shook the tightly knit community, which organized a candlelit vigil following Fay’s death outside his home in Westbury, where his mother estimated more than 600 friends and family members paid tribute to the aspiring pre-med student.
“He was an amazing kid. We lost a great soul. He only wanted to do good for people. He’s a one of a kind and is terribly missed by all who knew him,” Fay’s mother, Pennie, said.
The Fay residence, 41 Harvard Street in Westbury, will be the site of the fundraiser this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fay’s older brother, Andrew, a 2007 CPHS graduate and wrestler, will announce the winner of the Stephen Joseph Fay Wrestling Camp Memorial Scholarship at the school’s annual athletic awards ceremony.
“He was a genuine gem amongst the very best of gems. We plan to do this yearly and make someone’s dreams come true in Stephen’s name and to continue his legacy,” Pennie added.
Bracelets will be sold at $5 per piece and donations will also be accepted. Fay’s mother said 100 percent of the proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the scholarship fund.
Stephen Fay was an honor student at Nassau Community College and planned on attending Stony Brook University in the fall. He worked full time at the Westbury Manor as a valet and was also a plumbing apprentice for his father. He was a guitar player and a thoughtful friend to many.
“The night before he was killed, he called me from work and asked if I needed anything from the store,” Pennie said, adding, “He went to Walmart for me and the Home Depot. His last words were, ‘I love you, mom.’”
Fay’s mother said that new and vintage jewelry will also be available for purchase this weekend, while she noted that the family wants to get involved in future projects to help Stephen’s spirit live on.
“Eventually we intend on working on much larger projects, such as working with an engineer to develop safety mechanisms for bikes, start a nonprofit in order to help people who were injured in accidents with their medical costs and needs. That includes hospitalizations, surgeries, prosthesis, physical therapy, psychological therapy and so on. But for now we start small,” said Pennie.