Frederick A. Tracy, 81, of Manchester, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, after a brief, but courageous battle with lung cancer.
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He was the husband of the late Margaret (Peg) Caird FitzSimmons Tracy, who died in 2001. He was born Nov. 26, 1931, in Willimantic to Peter and Eva (Nilan) Tracy. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He attended Willimantic State Teachers College, the University of Connecticut, and earned his Ed.D from Nova University. He worked as a teacher in Portland and then in Hartford, where he retired as a longtime principal of Barnard Brown Elementary School.
His time spent at Barnard Brown was a source of great joy and pride in his life. The children and staff at Barnard Brown elicited many fond memories and stories over the years. He was a member of the Manchester Country Club and spent many treasured days playing golf and cards there. Fred was a kind, loving, and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. His memory will live on in our hearts forever.
He leaves behind his children, Kathleen Tracy Sikand and her husband, Christopher, of Manchester, and Matthew B. Tracy of South Glastonbury; and his stepsons, Mark D. FitzSimmons of Hebron and Steven C. FitzSimmons of East Hartford. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren, Timothy, Daniel, and Margaret Sikand and Emily and Kyle FitzSimmons. In addition, he leaves behind his sisters and brothers, Ruth Blake of New Jersey, Eve Goeken and her husband, Bill, of Windham, Janet Harrington and her husband, Patrick, of Windham, Peter Tracy of Willimantic, and Alfred Tracy and his wife, Anne, of Hartford; and his sister-in-law, Natalie Tracy of Willimantic. He was predeceased by his brothers John, James, and George; his sisters Jeannette, Marie, and Margaret; and his daughter-in-law, Shelley FitzSimmons. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
Memorial donations may be made to the
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A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, 29 S. Adams St., Manchester, followed by burial in St. James Cemetery, Manchester.
Family and friends may call at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, on Monday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m.
For online condolences please visit
John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040-4857
Published in Journal Inquirer from Sept. 21 to Sept. 25, 2013