Tom Tracy
Please join us in celebrating Tom's life by a reflection, note, story, or as Dad would say "however the spirit moves you".

April 11, 2006 - 04:27 PM
Steve Wood

  Dear Erma Jean and family:
From the onset of my 37 year parts manager career, GPD and Tom Tracy were interchangeable. Roy Ozene represented him in our neck of the woods, , but "the man" remained a mystery to me until he showed up at a parts manager club meeting. He was a very gracious guest that evening, talking with everybody as if he had known them for years.

Since those days so many years ago I have had the pleasure of his company on several occasions. Enjoyed his wit, his breadth of knowledge, his unflagging curiosity and his zest for life. And his love for everything Irish. He was a family man through and through.

To Erma Jean and family Grace and I extend our deepest sympathies at his early passing. He was a giant among giants, a man with a big heart, and he leaves me with many wonderful memories.
Keep the torch burning. Steve & Grace Wood
April 10, 2006 - 08:12 PM
Edward L. Peffer

  The name Thomas was suited to a man who lived and spoke truth in his relations, according to my observation. Our Church, our nation, our lives are enriched by influence of men of such good character --though unseen for the most part. I am grateful to have among those who were apparently counted as friend. Ed Peffer, Cypress
April 10, 2006 - 07:32 PM
Bonnie Allgood

  Tracy family,
I just learned today by mail about Tom and I am so very sorry. I've lost a good friend and a wonderful person has left planet earth.
I just want you to know that your Dad and husband was the nicest man I ever worked for "bar none". I will probably return to this site with more memories of my 7 plus years with GPD/TEC, starting as a part-timer and ending as a supervisor in the core credit and accounts payable departments.
I loved him very much, he made me laugh, at so many times and he was very generous with his employees.
I still have the clock that he got for me on one of his trips to Belgium. He asked me if there was anything I wanted and when I said "A Black Forest Cuckoo Clock" his reply was a question. What kind of horse? Cracked me up and when I explained he wanted to know how much I could spend. When I told him he said okay and that was that. The next thing I know I have a clock, it runs to this day and is just behind me right now in my work room at home. When ever I hear the cuckoo I think of your Dad and always remember how I came by the clock. What boss would take the time to shop for a clock for an employee and make sure it got sent to America?
I have never worked for anyone since leaving Toms employment and have only had my own business for 5 years until we moved. I used him for a ruler in dealing with people and made the business show a profit from day one. He left a wonderful legacy for all in my family.
Hope you have a sweeper to ride!!!
The Allgoods
Leon, Bonnie and children
(Tom's favorite "Jack Baptist") inside joke with Tom. I will love you forever and have only the best of memories of you. Bonnie
April 10, 2006 - 06:12 PM
Bert Carlisle

  I was totally shocked to learn through the local press that Tom had died. What a tragic loss- I was most fortunate to have met him when he invited me through The Duke of Abercorn to shoot in his party at Ballindalloch in Scotland in November 2000 and I shall never forget him- larger than life with a superb brain and turn of wit and generosity beyond comparison.
Please accept my sincere condolences, not only has Northern Ireland lost a great friend but the world has lost one of its great characters.
April 09, 2006 - 05:01 PM
Randy & Andrea Benton

  Our hearts will be forever grateful to Tom, Erma Jean and the entire Tracy family for their generosity and caring for our family. We were blessed to know Tom and know that his spirit rests with the creator. It is important to express our sadness at his passing, but would like to offer the entire Tracy family our sincere hope that God will in time express his purpose at taking Tom at this early stage of his life. We will always remember and celebrate his life as it touched many people.


Randy, Andrea, Sean & Kerri Benton
April 08, 2006 - 09:46 AM
Tillmouth Park

  Dear Erma Jean

How sorry we are to learn of Tomís recent death. He was such a unique, kind and generous man that there truly never will be another like him.

Tom made a big impression on us and we feel very honoured to have known him. We often smile as we recall him meeting another guest for the first time and within minutes of Tom introducing himself, she was singing a Scottish song a performing Ďa wee jigí!

Although our fond remembrances and our sincere sympathy are of limited consolation to you and your family at this sad time, our thoughts are very much with you all.

With love from Ian & Elaine and all at Tillmouth Park
April 07, 2006 - 10:03 AM
Wilson,Isabelle, Wilson jnr & Caroline Young

  Dear Erma Jean & Family,
It was with great sadness that we heard of the untimely death of our friend Tom.
October in the Scottish Borders will never be the same agin.
Tom brought his unique style to our shoot with a kind word for everyone envolved in the whole day.
The "shoot dinner" for the loaders, keepers etc was the hightlight of each year, a unique experience. Each year there was something different - a Scottish singer, a "Harry Lauder" impersonator or just Tom with his "see you Jimmy" hat on!!
We will miss him more than I can say.

Fondly .
April 07, 2006 - 05:44 AM
Ron Thistlethwaite

  Dear Erma Jean and family:

I hope things are starting to sort themselves out and that you are soon
able to get some rest.

Remember the night you and Tom spent with me in a camp on the shores of Lake Guarico in the wilds of Venezuela, near Calabozo. The only thing between our camp cots and the alligators that lived in the lake was a failing fire and a small dog. In the morning after dispatching a couple of alligators that I believe were sizing up the dog for breakfast we continued with our duck hunt. We stood in water infested with Piranha so thick that
Indiana Jones would have been nervous.

These are some of the pictures that come to my mind when I think of Tom and marvel at the trust he put in me to
see you and him through some very unusual adventures.

continued below....
April 07, 2006 - 05:42 AM
Ron Thistlethwaite

  Another mental
picture as clear to me as the day it happened is a pheasant drive one
afternoon in Scotland. Erma Jean and Tom were ahead of me and unlike
most drives we were not designated a stand, but we were supposed to
advance slowly up the valley as the birds were driven towards us from
the bluffs on either side. It was late in the afternoon
with fading light
and a mist was starting to lift from the ground.
Fifty yards in
front of me Erma Jean and Tom dressed in their long shooting jackets and
wide brimmed hats reminded me of the Erp brothers advancing on the OK
corral. With a flurry the birds started to flush towards us and with
Erma Jean on the left and Tom on the right they started one of the most
amazing demonstrations of marksmanship I have ever seen. Bird after bird
fell, and working as a perfect team they refused to allow a single
pheasant to break through their designated zone. After about ten minutes the drive was over and I walked up to congratulate both of them and complement them on their shooting.

I don't think Tom or Erma Jean
thought they had done anything out of the ordinary, but I will never
forget the picture forever implanted in my mind of the two of them in
silhouette shooting to left and right as the mist rose to partially
obscure them as they strolled down the valley.

I always considered Tom
my friend and I know he included me in his vast array of friends. Vicki
and I will miss him very much but he will always be with us in a
of great memories.
April 06, 2006 - 09:58 PM
The Panique Family

  Dear Erma Jean, Cyndi, Tina, Kerry, Kelly and Tommy:

We were very sad to hear the news of Tom's passing. It seems so hard to believe that he is gone. He was a giant of a man; unforgettable.

We will always remember the generosity of the Tracy family (two generations) toward St. Jeanne's. Your family was most responsible for the wonderful gymnasium and theater built there several years ago. Our children enjoyed those facilities immensely;today the children at that school continue to benefit from your incredible donations.

Lisa has special childhood memories of Kelly and spending many days in your home. She will never forget the night you took the girls to see the Phantom only to realize the tickets were for the night before when you arrived at the theater. Somehow, Tom managed to get them in anyway.

I will also remember seeing your entire family walk into St. Cecilia's on a Sunday for mass. Tom always lead them down the center aisle and seated them up front. There was lots of fidgeting and giggling.

I am so impressed with all the tributes to Tom in this guest book. He spread his wings far and wide; left his footprints wherever he traveled. His legacy is remarkable; and I am sure you all miss him terribly. How comforting to read such thoughtful and heartfelt tributes to your husband and father.

We will keep you in ours prayers. May Tom rest in peace--

God Bless You,
The Panique Family
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