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In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Ricky McGregor | Diane Van Meter

Celebrate the memories of those special people who remain always in our hearts.

Dedicated to the memory of Ricky McGregor

In 2005, Ricky was the starting quarterback for the Manchester East Cobras. He had a phenomenal season as he led his team to the 2005 Jr. Midget State Championships. That season with all his weapons, Ricky passed for almost 1000 yards. Quite a feat for a young man of 12 years. Ricky was never full of himself and after throwing a touchdown instead of celebrating with his teammates he would run to the side lines to do the next right thing and talk with his coach. In January, 2006 a new Pop Warner Football Team began its way from a dream into a reality, the Manchester Eagles had been formed. As Ricky was a very active young man he always wanted to see the Eagles off the ground. Ricky was very involved in the creation of the Manchester Eagles, including coming up with the Eagles logo. Ricky was to be the starting quarterback for the Manchester Eagles Midget Team in the inaugural 2006 season. Ricky was very excited. He was always training and lifting weights to ensure he was ready.

On May 26th 2006, Ricky had a normal day at school then at the end of the day the children were allowed out to the playground. Ricky was running out to the playground with his friends when he collapsed and passed away.

Ricky never got to take the field as a Manchester Eagle but he will always be with us as our hearts and lives were enriched by his memory and presence.

On Sunday, October 1st 2006 the Manchester Eagles had its first home game of their first season. It was here that the Eagle’s Midget Team, friends, family, and spectators paid tribute to Ricky’s memory. It was an emotional day but a GREAT feat as it was now a reality that Ricky’s dream of the Manchester Eagles was and will always be a reality.


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