In Memory of




Obituary for John M. Vick

I said goodbye to the love of my life yesterday. Like all married couples we had our ups and downs but our love for each other never wavered. I want to thank John for being a wonderful dad to Mike and an awesome and loving Grampy to our three guys and for being such a wonderful, caring and understanding husband. I also want to thank him for providing me with memories of our time and living aboard the “Sea Gull”, memories I will cherish forever.

John Vick, 75, of Mystic, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at L&M Hospital. He was the loving husband of 38 years to Penny (Hettinger) Vick.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Joe and Ruth Vick, who predeceased him, John is survived by his stepson Michael Hettinger and his grandsons, Daniel, Nathan and D.J. In addition, he is survived by his siblings, Jo Ann Samodell, Marilyn Vick, James Vick, Loree Vick, Ruth Vick and Robert Vick, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many friends too numerous to mention.

After graduating high school, John went on to graduate from Case Western University with a mechanical engineering degree. He went on to serve 4 years in the Navy and received an Honorable Discharge. He then went to work for Atlas Copco Corp. where he worked in sales.

John had two dreams: to own a business and to live on a boat. He started his business, Marvann Company, in 1987 and retired early in 2019. He also worked for a number of years at Pendleton Nursing facility in Mystic, CT. He cherished the time that he spent with residents there, heading a Men’s Club and driving the recreation van. He will be greatly missed by all.

When he got out of the Navy, John bought a wooden boat he named “Quistia Jivil” and called it home both in Norwalk, CT and Mystic, CT. He met Penny in 1978 in Mystic and he eventually bought a bigger boat “The Sea Gull”. Penny and John married on the back of the boat in 1981 and she and her son Mike moved on board. Because of a job change they had to pick up anchor and take their “home” to Florida where they lived for 5 years.

A Celebration of John’s very full life will he held in the Spring at the VFW in Mystic where John was an active member. Date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the VFW in Mystic, CT in John’s name would be appreciated.
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home in Westerly, RI is in charge of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit