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 23, 2006 - 05:39 PM
Anne Staton

  Dear Kilian,
I was so sorry to hear about the death of your father. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Fondly,
Anne Staton
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March 23, 2006 - 05:22 PM
Doug Potts

  I have known Mr Tracy since 1992. In making deliveries to Receiving I saw him from time to time riding his scooter in the plant. He always waved.

May God Bless the family at this time of great loss.

Sincerely,
Doug Potts
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March 23, 2006 - 05:15 PM
Pat Reams

  Dear Irma Jean and family. I am sad to hear of Tom's passing. Although it has been 10 years since I retired from GPD and returned to Michigan, I to think of all of you often, very often.We did a lot of work and had a lot of good times too.I'm so glad that I accepted Tom's offer to move to California. It was a most interesting part of my life.
Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.
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March 23, 2006 - 04:56 PM
Jamie hall

  Wow. I'm not sure what to say. I have just recently spoke to Cyndi and she told me of her Father's passing. The 3rd job I ever had started in June of 1978 working for Genuine Parts Distributors. From sorting cores to driving trucks to visiting dealers to running the San Leandro district, there was nothing I didn't do. In 2 years I will celebrate 30 years in the automotive business that all started with the opportunity Tom gave me. I have met people that to this day are true friends of mine. I have traveled to places and experienced life in ways that I would have not been able to do, had it not been for Tom. I wish I had just one more opportunity to tell Tom what kind of profound effect he has had on my professional life. My heart felt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Tracy family.
I end by expressing a special message to my friend Cyndi. When my parents passed someone told me the following -
They are only as far away as the time it takes to close your eyes and remember.
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March 23, 2006 - 04:26 PM
Rob and Diane Bower

  Erma Jean and Family,
Our hearts are so sad and heavy with the loss of our wonderful Tom Tracy. Erma Jean, there was no greater love than that of you and Tom. We saw it in your smiles and touches. Here is an excerpt from my e-mail to your sweet Kelly..."what you need to know is how much Rob and I loved your father. He was always so gracious, giving and kind to me.He was a brilliant man who gave so much of himself to this crazy world. But what I think I loved most about him was his loving heart and acceptance of all people. For us it just felt 'good" to be around him..." Erma Jean, Rob and I will forever treasure our times with Tom. Tom Tracy was truly a great man. We love you, Rob and Diane Bower
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March 23, 2006 - 04:11 PM
Eamon & Carmel Hanna

  I first met Tom & Erma Jean Tracy & their family in 1993 when I was working with my friend John McConnell (already Tom's good friend at that stage), who was Assistant Secretary in the Northern Ireland Administration. The shooting and bombing was still going on in Northern Ireland, but by a happy chance, Dr. Joe Hendron of the nationalist SDLP (who had defeated Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein in 1992 for one of the Belfast seats in the Westminster Parliament)was personally friendly with Cecil Walker a unionist on the other side of the aisle. We thought it a good idea to promote a joint economic jobs mission to California, partly to show people in the toughest areas of Belfast what peace could mean in terms of economic benefit.
Tom & Erma Jean could not have been more kindly and friendly and helpful and, of course, Tom was soon making visits to Northern Ireland, where he became a genuine expert on the political situation and the nuances of our troubled history. Tom was exotic, uninhibited, intuitive and always human and he used his immense charm to break down barriers between people in Belfast who hitherto had only regarded each other with suspicion. He was one of that small group of US "players" who helped nudge the peace process along. He's in Heaven and aghast at what I'm going to say, but he was perhaps the sole US Republican equivalent of people like Bill Clinton and George Mitchell-and that's a compliment, Tom!
I think that he would have made an unique and mould-breaking US Ambassador to Ireland.

Like Jesus in the gospels, he believed in persuading people from varied and conflicting backgrounds around the table to break bread, drink wine and then let themselves break down the barriers between them. He was a true hero of the tortuous process that brought the killing and the maiming to an end.
Tom was immensely generous and he was also extremely kindly and helpful and after a while you realised how imbued he was by his deep Christian and Catholic conviction. ...
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March 23, 2006 - 03:46 PM
Biff & Pat Ryan

  Our sincere sympathy to you Kilian and your family on the loss of your Dad. We will remember Tom Tracy in our prayers. Biff & Pat Ryan
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March 23, 2006 - 03:42 PM
David "Doc" Brien

  Erma Jean, Cindi, Cary, Christine, Kelly and Tom Jr,

My heart is heavy and feels empty...Our Chief, Our Leader has departed for the Spirit World! What are we to do? The Children, Yes the children. Let us plant the seed of Tom's spirit in our children and yes let us lend a helping hand to those in need...It has been a great honor to me and my family to be a simple friend of the Tracy family.

JMJ Pax and Love

We remain forever gratefull,

doc and family
turtle mountain chippewa metis of North Dakota, USA
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March 23, 2006 - 03:37 PM
Eileen Angulo

  I'm a former employee of GPD/Tomadur.

My first memory of Tom was when I met him in the lobby. He said "Hi", and asked if anyone was helping me.
I was there to apply for a job in inventory control.

Fourteen years later: Included much growth personally and professionally. I owe Tom a great deal for many years of support and experience - along with all of the friendships that have come into my life as a result.

I will never forget his humor - He was a very special person, and I feel fortunate to have known him.
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March 23, 2006 - 02:29 PM
Ashley Staton

  My thoughts and prayers are with the Tracy family during this diffiuclt time. Love, Ashley
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