MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – For decades, Nick Vergos served up legendary Memphis food and made Memphis a kinder place through his generosity. Monday, at a celebration of life service, hundreds honored Vergos’ life and legacy. Vergos died last week, after months of battling cancer.
Speakers at that service at Hope Church said Vergos proudly served as the ultimate ambassador for Memphis, but he never forgot the importance of service to others, kindness to strangers, and passion for good food.
“Nick Vergos personified all that is good about Memphis,” Jack Sammons, Vergos’ longtime friend, said. “Our city and state and nation lost one of its most prominent citizens.”
“Nick was one of the best dads and husbands anyone could ask for,” Jenny Vergos, his wife, added.
Vergos’ life left a lasting impact on countless people, including his culinary talents at the Rendezvous restaurant in downtown Memphis.
“His ribs and cheese plates were magical,” Sammons said.
Vergos also left his mark with his charitable giving through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and many other organizations in between.
“Nick was fearless, he was never scared,” Sammons said.
Vergos’ loved ones say that fearlessness didn’t go away, even with the most serious of cancer diagnosis last December.
“In true Nick fashion, he suited up for battle and prepared for war,” Jenny Vergos said.
Vergos lost that battle last Thursday, but to those who knew him well, his larger than life persona lives on.
“We all lost an authentic friend Thursday,” Sammons said. “His big heart, his generous and kind spirit is gone, but not forgotten.”
Even after getting his cancer diagnosis last year, Nick Vergos continued to volunteer at Southern Reins Center For Equine Therapy, the horse charity serving those with disabilities, as he had since the organization’s founding in 2015.