Friday, February 08, 2008

OBT: Toast Vinson

7/17/72 - 2/2/2008
Gregory "Toast" Vinson passed away over the weekend at his home in Trinity, Texas. He was a beloved son, uncle, brother, friend and teacher who touched and changed the lives of everyone around him. His fifth grade students at the Outdoor Education Center in Trinity affectionately referred to him as "Mr. Toast" and hung on his every word. Despite a near lifelong battle with Type I Diabetes, Addison's disease, Hypothyroidism and recently Osteoporosis, Toast tenaciously pursued physical activities. In the summer of 2005, Toast participated in a 4,000 mile coast to coast bicycle ride. He ran at least sixteen marathons, most recently the January 2008 Houston Marathon. The Houston Marathon was especially important to Toast, as it let him merge two of his favorite pursuits: exercise and charity. Toast was devoted to the Texas Lion's Camp in Kerrville, Texas, where he was a former camper, counselor, staffer and now "Legend." Memorial services in Toast's honor will be held in the near future at the Outdoor Education Center in Trinity, Texas, where Toast worked. There will also be a service at the Texas Lion's Camp in Kerrville later in the spring. If you would like to be notified of either service, please contact his brother Eric at In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a contribution to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or to the Texas Lion's Camp. We love you, Toast!

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/7/2008.

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