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TRACEY, Melvin W. Mel Of Waltham, formerly Lexington died on April 19, 2014 at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with heart disease and cancer. Born in Boston, MA on March 20, 1929, he was the son of the late Esther (Chansky) Baron and the late Samuel Tracey and was predeceased by his sister Hazel Goldsmith, formerly of Bangor, ME. Mel is survived by Marilyn, his beloved wife of over 63 years, and his four children: Deborah Tracey Nye & her husband Thomas; Michael Tracey; Elizabeth Metzgar & her husband Jeffrey; and Joshua Tracey & his wife Stephanie Sheps. Mel is the beloved grandfather of Daniel, Natalie, Jonathan, Adrienne & Whitney Metzgar, and Maxwell & Leo Tracey. He is uncle to Barry Goldsmith (wife Susan) of Portland, ME and David Goldsmith (wife Karen) of Bangor, ME. Mels priority was always his family. Mel graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School at the age of 16. After attending Northeastern University for one year, he joined the Army at the end of World War II, serving in Germany. He enrolled at Boston University under the GI Bill, graduating with a B.S. in Public Relations in 1950. He met the love of his life, Marilyn Escor, married her in 1950 and started his family. Mel returned to Northeastern University to receive a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, followed by a M.S. in Thermodynamics from Harvard University. Mel then went on to work for key high-tech companies in the area. One of Mels proudest achievements was being part of team at ITEK that developed a camera for the spacecraft that landed on Mars in 1976. He also taught the field of Heat Transfer at the Lincoln Institute at Northeastern. In his retirement years, Mel turned to real estate sales in the Lexington-Waltham area. When not working and tending to his family, Mel enjoyed reading, theatre, concerts, camping and golf, among many other varied interests. Services will be held at Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Road, Lexington, 02421 on Wednesday, April 23 at 12:00 pm followed by interment in Westview Cemetery, Lexington. The family will be sitting shiva at his late residence on Wednesday 6-9pm; Thursday 7-9pm; Friday 2-3pm; and Saturday 8:30-10pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Community Care, 90 Wells Avenue., Newton, MA 02459, Temple Emunah, or the . Levine Chapels, Brookline 617-277-8300 www.levinechapel.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 22, 2014
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