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John "Jack" Holmes Tracy III

1942 - 2015 SPRINGFIELD, VT. John Holmes Tracy III (Jack) died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, October 7th, surrounded by his children and his wife, Sandy Tracy. Born July 9, 1942 in Camden, NJ, Jack was a South Jersey boy, as evidenced by his strong Jersey accent which became a distinguishing characteristic as he later settled into his home of 34 years, Springfield, VT. Jack was a football legend as quarterback of his Moorestown High School football team, graduating in 1960. He continued his football career at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania where, with his movie star looks and his humble demeanor, he caught the eye of the love of his life and future wife, Sandy Rogers. Sandy and Jack were married in Albany, NY on June 12, 1965, recently celebrating their 50th anniversary. Together they created a loving home for their five children, Jill, Debbie, Tiffany, Jon, and Todd, as they moved across the country from Indiana to Connecticut before moving to their current home in Springfield, VT. Jack worked for his father-in-law, Bob Rogers, before starting his own company, Springfield Oil Supply, from which he retired in 2000. Jack had a passion for sports and was a favorite coach years ago in the Peewee football league, coaching both his sons and nephews. He was always for the underdog, and a player on Jack's team knew he would be given a fair chance, often being put in the game at a critical moment to be given a shot at the glory. Jack may be remembered by Cosmos fans as the Color Man with Bob Flint announcing for the Springfield Cosmos High School football games. Although a season ticket holder for the Patriots, Jack was a diehard Eagles fan. He passed his enthusiasm for sports down to his children and grandchildren and he loved nothing more than attending all their games and events. He was a dedicated family man who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially during summer vacations at his parents' home in Ocean City, NJ. Jack enjoyed playing golf, reading, and with his love for horse racing, was an avid handicapper. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his great sense of humor, his selfless character, and his family commitment. Jack is survived by his wife, Sandy Tracy, his four children and their spouses, Jill and Tim Hobert of Santa Monica, CA, Debbie and Matt Kirk of Lancaster, PA, Tiffany and Mike Stanley of Winter Garden, FL, and Jon and Cella Tracy of Manheim, PA, his 13 grandchildren, Audrey, Charlie, Malcolm and Ella Hobert, Walker, Savannah, Harrison, and Jacklyn Kirk, Emma and Owen Stanley, and Claire, Grace, And Jackson Tracy, his sister Jan Pruss of Tyrone, PA, and his brother Tom Tracy of Roxbury, ME. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Alice Tracy of Ocean City, NJ, and his beloved son, Todd Tracy of Springfield, VT. The family is planning a private celebration of Jack's life at a later date.
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Oct. 21, 2015
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