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 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
March 24, 2006 - 03:24 PM
Bill Bergaus

  To the Tracy Family and those fortunate to work with him.
I am sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. His accomplishments are extraordinary.
I have some real fun memories of the cruise to Hawaii and all the partying we did together.
My thoughts and prayers go to all family and friends.
March 24, 2006 - 02:47 PM
John Maureen and Donna McConnell

  Erma Jean and family

I am heartbroken at the loss of a man who meant so much to this family. His kindness towards us and ,in particular , his acceptance of Donna was something we will never forget.

WhenI first met him many years ago his opening comment was " I am an american from lala land".I of course expected the usual advice on how to solve our problems then he would go home again after his holiday.
How wrong I was --- he educated himself on all aspects to apoint where he could converse with everyone with an authority borne from knowledge.

I do believe that what he did for the peace process in Ireland will ever be truely except by those of us who had the honour of calling him friend.
I am glad you have chosen to include photos which show the mischievious side of this great man as they will serve as a reminder of a man who had a wonderful sense of humour as well as a good intellect.
On the humour side I well remember his " tongue in cheek " suggestion that he borrow a police landrover , paint it white like the popemobile and drive Gene Greytac down the Shnkill Road in Belfast as a sign of progress.There were a lot of very very worried people until they realised he was jesting (at least I think he was)
It is difficult to imagine our lives without him for even though we live thousands of miles away I always considered him to be close.
We will be doing something here to commemorate the great man but I will of course keep you informed.
Unfortunately my health prevents me from travelling at this time but we will be with you in prayer

John Maureen and Donna
March 24, 2006 - 02:21 PM
John Hennessy

  To the Tracy Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Tom was a special Irishman whom I admired. May God keep all of you close to his heart. Here is a small expression of the Irish:

Be they kings, or poets, or farmers
They're a people of great worth
They keep company with the angels
And bring a bit of heaven here to earth.
March 24, 2006 - 01:30 PM
Lucy Turner

  To the Tracy family.

I was socked to hear of Tom's passing as I did not know that he was ill.

He was a great boss and so down to earth. I remember the times he would come by Snow Mfg. after every one had left for the day and sit on the floor and sort lables that were changed or out dated. He would pitch in when I needed a little exter help on a project I was doing. I really enjoyed all the years I spent at Snow MFG. and worked for him. There ar a lot of memories of Tom and Snow Mfg. He will be missed.

Bless all of you.
March 24, 2006 - 12:41 PM
Pete Sitzer

  To the Tracy Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Tom was a visionary and that will live on with both family and business. His spirit will remain with all he has touched and all those they have touched.

God Bless,

Pete Spitzer
March 24, 2006 - 12:15 PM
Cervantes Family

  To the Tracy Family,

Our most heart-felt condolences to Mrs. Tracy, Cindi, Tina, Kerry, Kelly and Tom Jr.

I, Manuel Jr., and our family are so greatful to your husband for everything he has done for my father, myself and my family in general. There has never been an individual like Tom that we have encounted in our lives that had so much poise, love, character, sympathy and respect for his family, friends and employees.

He will be dearly missed, but his legacy will continue... and his hard work and dedication to his family and work will continue for many years to come.

I encountered a poem in which I felt was very nice to read:

"Safely Home"

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and suffering is over
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jesus' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.

And he came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread
And with Jesus' arm to lean on
Could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's will.

There is still work waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus' land.

When that work is completed,
He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

May God Bless Tom in Heaven and the Tracy family on Earth!

The Cervantes Family
March 24, 2006 - 12:11 PM
Gene & Judie Theel

  Our deepest sorrow to you Erma Jean and your family on the passing of Tom. We had many enjoyable years when Gene worked for GPD. The pool and Christmas parties will be remembered as well as all the fine people that Gene worked with. You and your family will be in our prayers as you work through your sorrow on losing a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor deamons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our lord." Romans 8:38-39
God's Blessings to you and your family,
Gene & Judie Theel
March 24, 2006 - 11:07 AM
Skip Seagraves

  Asha and I extend our deepest sympathies at the loss of Tom. He was an extraordinary man. The photo gallary quite clearly shows that his family brought him his greatest joy.
March 24, 2006 - 11:01 AM
Patricia O'Connell

  My love and prayers are with you, ERMA JEAN, CYNTHIA, CHRISTINA, KILIAN, KATHERINE and THOMAS, JR. May he rest in peace

The O'Connells and the Tracys have a long family history together. Readng Tommy's biography and looking thru the photo gallery, seeing all the familar faces, brought back so many childhood memories and an insight to the full and wonderful life he had. What a legacy!

There is an old legend that promises that on the last day, though Christ will judge all the other nations, it will be St. Patrick sitting in judgment on the Irish. GOD BLESS.....

My daughter and I will be at the service on March 31, at San Juan Capistrano
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