Posted: Nov 1, 2012 9:14 AM by Chris Welty
Updated: Nov 1, 2012 9:15 AM
A longtime Acadiana businessman and owner of several car dealerships loses his battle with cancer.
Adrian Vega was 63 years old. KATC's Chris Welty spoke with those who knew him best and has more on his legacy.
Adrian Vega was born in Havana, Cuba to a wealthy family who was stripped of everything by Fidel Castro. As refugees, his family was sponsored by First Baptist Church to move to Lafayette.
"Of course there were people who called him names and treated him with a lot of disrespect," said Mickey Comboy, President of Adrian Vega's Acadiana Dodge.
Vega overcame every challenge. He started working as a porter and quickly climbed the ladder becoming general manager of Lafayette Mac and Dependable Dodge.
In1991 he bought the closed down dodge dealership and built it to what it is today.
"He's built a huge facility. We sold 23 cars the first month new, 64 used. Now we're pushing 200 plus cars a month on a regular basis."
The big American flag across from the airport became an icon not only for Adrian Vega and his dealership, but also for his love of country. Now, the flag remains at half staff.
"If he'd see people who needed help, he'd reach out. he never asked to be known."
His generosity and love for Acadiana was evident. Many of his employees, like himself, put in decades dedicated to serving the community.
"He didn't demand his loyalty, he earned the loyalty," said Comboy.
Funeral services will be held friday, November 2nd at a 10:00 am Mass of Christian Burial in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette.