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Charles J. Chubby Tracy

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Charles J. Chubby Tracy 85 a lifelong town resident and local sports legend, died Wednesday April 14, 2010 at Caritas Norwood Hospital. He was the husband of Elsie L. (Hanscom) Tracy for 49 years. Born in Franklin. January 8, 1925 the youngest child of Ralph & Eva (Cody) Tracy, he was raised and educated in Franklin, and was a graduate of Franklin High School, class of 1942. An outstanding athlete at Franklin High, he went on to play semi-pro baseball for the 1946 New England Champion team: Benny's Oilers. For more than 30 years, Mr. Tracy worked as a letter carrier in Franklin for the US Postal Service. He retired in 1987. He served in the US Army during WW II. He attained the rank of Tech/4 and was awarded the WW II Victory Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon, The American Theater Campaign Ribbon, The Army Occupation Medal (Germany), and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in May 1946. He loved sports, and was a beloved baseball coach and volunteer for many years. He was a basketball referee and an umpire for baseball and softball events at all levels. He was a die-hard Red Sox fan, and enjoyed golf, and spending free time with his family. He was a life member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks. Surviving in addition to his wife are 2 sons: Edward C. Tracy and his wife Debra of Cumberland, Daniel J. Tracy and his wife Michelle of Franklin, 3 daughters: Cynthia Buck & Pamela Tracy of Woonsocket, Sandra Grinham of Franklin, 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was the father of the late Karen Tracy-Clifford, the brother of the late William, Ralph & Rosemary Tracy, Norma Carty & Helen Smith. He was the grandfather of the late Stephanie Buck. Relatives and friends were invited to attend his funeral with military honors Monday at 10AM in the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St www.franklinfuneral.com. Interment followed in the family lot in St. Marys Cemetery. Calling hours were Sunday from 2-6PM. The Franklin Lodge of Elks performed a Lodge of Sorrows Service at the funeral home on Sunday at 6:00 PM.

Published in The Country Gazette from Apr. 16 to Apr. 23, 2010
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