January 18, 1928 - May 3, 2013
Robert A. Tacy was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1928. He had two sisters, Dorothy and Barbara and three brothers, John, Jean, and Joe. All but his oldest sister, Dorothy, preceded him in death.
Robert joined the Navy in 1946 and completed two years of service in the North China Sea on the USS Fred T. Berry. Upon honorable discharge from the service he attended Boston University and Springfield College, obtaining his Bachelors degree and then taking a teaching position at the University of Illinois while obtaining his Master's degree.
In 1953 Robert married June Stallmann in Holyoke, Mass. They moved to San Francisco, CA where he took a job with the YMCA in the Mission District. Robert and June moved to Modesto in 1955 and he began work at the YMCA of Stanislaus County. They adopted twins, Robert Jr. and Virginia (Ginger) in 1958. In 1966 they had a son, John and in 1968, a daughter, Charlotte. Robert Jr. preceded his father in death, passing away in 2007.
Robert has three grandchildren, Angella Giese, Scott Tacy, and Matthew Tacy.
He adored his wife June and every day he sang a song to his bride of 59 years that he wrote, telling her of his love for her. Mom could no longer sing back to him these last few years but she still held his hand and looked up at him as he sang. His children will forever remember him as one who loved the Lord and loved others in a way that brought them in and made them feel a part of the family. There were always people at the house and holiday parties with family and friends. Dad never met a person he did not like and who he did not welcome with open arms into our home. As his children we now have many other "brothers and sisters" that came into our lives and never left simply because dad and mom loved them and wanted the best for them. Dad and mom especially impacted the lives of Dale Post and David Abbey and now have "grandchildren" that are an amazing part of our lives: David, Jonathan, and Sarah Post from Caldwell, Idaho, and Tacy Abbey of Modesto, who was named for dad and mom and who just turned 9.
Dad was a huge personality full of warmth and love and always ready for a game of 45's! All of us know how blessed we were to have him as our dad. While we know he now resides with our Lord and Savior, we miss him greatly because of how he loved and who he was. His daughter Ginger recently said, "He was my hero every day."
There will be a memorial service for Robert on Friday, June 7th at 11:00 a.m. at the Modesto Free Methodist Church located at 1520 Rose Avenue in Modesto, CA.
Our lives were steeped in the Lord and we were brought up to care for others through our connections with the YMCA. Dad would be honored to have any remembrances made to the YMCA - World Service. Dad carried out the mission of the YMCA with gusto both at work and in our personal lives: Loving others as Christ first Loved us.
Remembrances can be made payable and mailed to YMCA of the USA - World Service, 101 N. Wacker Drive, 16th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606
Published in the Modesto Bee on May 10, 2013