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".

March 25, 2006 - 12:34 AM
Julie Holt

  Dear Erma Jean and Family -

I and St. Joseph Hospital were priveleged to have served Tom, you and the family during all the years that you have used our hospital. But, especially, in Tom's last months and days.

I have many memories of Tom, but the strongest one is the first time I met him when he came to a meeting with Dr. Tyson Cobb, Charlie Kovac and me with check in hand. He said he didn't want to go through all the formalities (he probably used a different word) of being asked to make a gift to the hospital. He just handed us a very generous check. And then he had lots and lots of questions. Charlie Kovac and I took him on a tour of the hospital. He wanted to know about everything and ducked his head into all kinds of doors and closets, wanting to know what was going on there.

In the years I have gotten to know him since, I realize that in the first meeting, I met the real Tom Tracy -- curious, unconventional, interested in everything. And, most of all, generous. He and the family have been extremely generous to the hospital and for that we will always be grateful. He honored many physicians by making gifts in their honor. A very meaningful gift.

And, I will never forget the dedication of the new Urology Center, last October, when he was able to get there from his hospital bed -- thanks to Dr. Khonsari and the dedication of the Tracy family. He was so pleased to be a part of that and to stand from his wheelchair to cut the ribbon.

St. Joseph Hospital and many others have lost a great and generous friend. He is in God's hands now, entertaining the heavens.

God bless you all.

Julie Holt
Vice President
St. Joseph Hospital Foundation
March 24, 2006 - 10:26 PM
Mike Killen

  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tracy family. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Tracy, but from what I have read I surely missed out on a great man!

God Bless
Mike & Monica Killen
March 24, 2006 - 10:09 PM
Richard Dorner

  Dear Tom,

Thank you for my time at Tomadur Engine Company and all the training as an Inspector of which has been of great help to me in many ways throughout the years since then.

May you rest in peace.

Richard Dorner
March 24, 2006 - 10:03 PM
Rebecca Fregoso

  Dear Tom,

You gave me 26 great years at Tomadur.
Please prey for me on your journey to the Lord.
God Bless you and Thank You for all the great memories.

Becky Fregoso
March 24, 2006 - 09:07 PM
Skip Summers

  Dear Uncle Tom,
I remember the shoot we whet on back in the old country. We had a good morning on the shoot, and then came the ceremonial toast.

Uncle Tom was hosting the shoot, so it was his job to supply the spirits. As always he wanted to have a little fun with everyone, so he served them up some grain alcohol. If you could have seen how proper these stuffed shirts were when they had their shots you would have got the joke. The poor dignataries were trying to hold back the tears & be as polite as can be.

Thanks for the laughs Uncle Tom & God Bless
March 24, 2006 - 08:44 PM
Craig Amack

  To the Tracy family:
I have very much enjoyed learning about the Tracy family from a dear friend, their oldest daughter Cindi. My thoughts and prayers extend to you all in the mourning of your father. May God Bless you all with the strength to continue on as if he were still right by your side, in many ways he still is.

God Bless you all,

Craig Amack
March 24, 2006 - 06:47 PM
Christian Galdabini

  My many thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I hope that these days are filled with tears of laughter and sorrow, stories of old and new, and hours with family and love. It is yours to carry on your father's/husband's legacy. When it becomes difficult to bear the weight of the saddness just remember to keep the faith and fight the good fight and his legacy will be the example that guides you through those tough times.

All the best,

March 24, 2006 - 06:32 PM

  TO the TRACY Family

March 24, 2006 - 04:26 PM
Jim Imes

  I only met Tom once. It was on a Gpd cruise to Alaska. Though I have done business with his company since the very early seventies. Once you meet Tom you never forget him. I remember on the cruise how he seemed to enjoy life, enjoy the moment. I watch him shoot skeet off of the back of the cruise ship and I don't recall him missing a shot. Thanks for creating Tracy Industries! Jim Imes Parts Manager
March 24, 2006 - 04:06 PM
Michael McDowell, Washington DC

  Tom, made a major contribution to the Northern Ireland political and peace processes -- a contribution, which to some extent, he was unaware of or at least did not claim credit for. I, with Professor Roy Godson of Georgetown University, ran a key symposium on the Culture of Lawfulness programme which was successfully used to drive the mafia out of Palermo, Sicily and has since been copied elsewhere. We thought it had relevance to Northern Ireland and Tom generously funded a weekend symposium at Gleneagles, Scotland in the late fall of 2001 to which the former Mayor and Magistrate of Palermo, Luca Orlando, presented the programme, along with the very senior Catholic prelate of Sicily and the publisher of the Journal of Sicily. Tom also paid for the leading Northern Irish, British and Irish political leaders -- including Nobel Peace Prize Laureate David Trimble and Irish Attorney General Michael McDowell -- to meet the Italians and see what lessons they could suggest for Northern Ireland/Ireland. Out of this emerged more support for the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland and for the Criminal Assets Bureau in the Republic of Ireland in tackling the major problem of paramilitary criminality. Ultimately, the symposium led me to flesh out my idea of the Independent Monitoring Commission in Northern Ireland, which is now a critical part of the political and peace process, and was created in legislation in both the London and Dublin parliaments. That essential mechanism would not have come about without Tom Tracy's support. God bless you Tom for being on the side of the angels in this difficult process. I and many other Northern Irish people will always be in your debt. You were always fair, and unlike many Irish-Americans, really went out of your way to show the hand of friendship to the majority community in Northern Ireland.
Michael McDowell, Washington DC
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