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".

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March 29, 2006 - 02:33 PM
Sir Cecil Walker J.P.

  It was with deep regret that I learned of the passing of Tom Tracy . My memories of Tom and his charming wife Irma Jean during their visits to Northern Ireland will always be with me . Their dedication towards cementing relationships between the two traditions was more than welcome . Tom's generosity and sense of humour were appreciated by all who were fortunate enough to meet him and his efforts in promoting peace and reconciliation dramatically improved the political landscape . My sincere sympathy is extended to the family circle in this traumatic time in their lives .

Sir Cecil Walker J.P.
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March 29, 2006 - 01:43 PM
Barry & Gloria Dawson

  Dearest Erma Jean and Family,

What a gift Tom and you all have been! For 49 years we have enjoyed God's gift of Tom and subsequently you, my Dear EJ.

Tom's love and sense of "Being" has had such an impact on Gloria & me ever since we use to "double date" in 1957 at Regis College and Fraternity events. Tom's love of our Christian faith and our Lord is so beautiful! We love you very much.

We will we attending Tom's life celebration on Friday. Our love,
......Barry & Gloria Dawson and Family
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March 29, 2006 - 01:17 PM
Dave Hellinge

  Dear Cindy and Family,

I was deeply saddened to hear of your fathers death. The last time I was with him was on the cruise to Hawaii. We talked about so old times and had some laughs. I will always remember him that way.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dave Hellinge
174
March 29, 2006 - 11:03 AM
Neil McGinness

  Dear Tracy Family:
i had a chance encounter with Emmett in Palm Beach restaurant on the Saturday before Tom's death. I introduced our houseguest, John Hayes, as a teammate of Tom's at the Priory. I wrote Emmett that Tom was a great memory of some of the happiest years of my life.
His enthusiasm and bonhomie were infectuous, his presence, larger than life.
Four or five years ago I had a business meeting at Denny's Restaurant, on arriving I saw a young man that could only have been a relative of Tom's the family resemblence undeniable. It was of course Denny's son. It brought me back to those happy days at Portsmouth. A part of my past is gone.
With my most sincere condolences to Tom's family and love to Mary Kay, Denny and Emmet.
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March 29, 2006 - 09:16 AM
Deborah and Gerry McAreavey

  We met Tom on a few of his many trips to Ireland (through our good friend John McConnell) where Tom helped promote Irish/American connections and cross community relations. What was immediately apparent, was whilst an immensely patriotic American, he was also very proud of his Irish heritage. Tom had many qualities but perhaps the most striking was his unbound generosity and despite his stature in the community he was very 'down to earth' in his relationships with people. No doubt a friend of Ireland and the Irish has been lost.

With deepest sympathy to the Tracy family.
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March 29, 2006 - 04:37 AM
Paul Bew

  I was deeply saddened to hear of Tom Tracy's death. A number of philanthropists have become involved in Irish affairs in recent years; they have all given generously. But more than anyone, Tom Tracy crossed the sectarian divide and genuinely opened his heart to both traditions in Ireland. For this he deserves to be remembered with more than special affection.
Sincerely,
Paul Bew
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March 29, 2006 - 02:03 AM
Cyndi

  We Carry On

Beyond the picket fences and the oil wells
The happy endings and the fairy tales
Is the reality of shattered lives and
broken dreams
We carry on
When our lives come undone...we carry on
Cause there's promise in the morning
sun...we carry on
As the dark surrenders to the dawn
We were born to overcome
We carry on
It's the family that grieves for a lost
loved one
It's the soldier that won't leave till the
job is done
It's the addict trying to turn his life around
It's pickin' yourself up off the ground
when you've been knocked down
We carry on
When our lives come undone...we carry on
Cause there's promise in the morning
sun...we carry on
As the dark surrenders to the dawn
We were born to overcome
We carry on


Portions of the song
We Carry On
From Album:
Live Like You Were Dying
Tim McGraw
Written By TOM DOUGLAS, JAMES T. SLATER
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March 29, 2006 - 12:52 AM
The Watson Family

  Dear Irma Jean, Cindy, Tina, Kerry, , Kelly and Tommy,

Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you in the untimely loss of your husband, Father and grandfather.
Tom was a "one of a kind Irishman" and friend to everyone he met. How can we ever forget the St. Cecilia's 5 o'clock Mass, basketball games and festivals at St Jeannes, Tom's 50TH B.D. party, and Cindy's N.Y. Day Birthdays . Your Family was always and will always be special to us. Our prayers are for Tom and with each of you in the difficult days ahead.
Love,

Stephen and Mary Alice Watson
Steve Jr, Pauline, Suzanne, Therese, Elizabeth, Annemarie and Sean
179
March 28, 2006 - 11:42 PM
Carolyn and John Reilly

  Until a few months ago, we had never met Tom Tracy. But we came to know of him through the anecdotes of our son, Mike who, with respect and gratitude looked upon Mr. Tracy somewhat as a second father. Finally, a few months ago, we met when he was a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital where Carolyn and I volunteer. He welcomed us as a friendly host and showed genuine pleasure that we had stopped by. In subsequent weeks, I saw him twice again and each time he carried the moment by his strong and friendly manner even though he might have been weakened.

We will always carry fond memories of the brief time we shared friendship with this good man. May his family and all who knew him find comfort and peace.

Carolyn and John Reilly
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March 28, 2006 - 02:41 PM
Christy Fleischaker

  To my dear friend Kerry and all of the Tracy family,
My deepest sympathy is with you during this difficult time as are my thoughts and prayers... You are blessed to have so many memories and I hope each of you finds peace in holding them close to your heart...Mr Tracy has left a legacy and like an eternal fire he will always be remembered and through his children and grandchildren his spirit will shine bright!!!!
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