Frank Tracy Jr.
1931 - 2020
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FRANK V. TRACY, JR.
Frank V. Tracy, Jr. passed away on May 19, 2020 at his Ridgefield home. He was 89 years old and was born in Bristol, Connecticut, February 6, 1931, the son of Catherine M. and Francis V. Tracy.
Frank was an engaging person with a friendly smile for everyone he met. He attended Bristol High School, Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut and graduated from Middlebury College. He was an enthusiastic and gifted baseball player and was an outstanding first baseman at both school and college. Following college he joined the U.S. Air Force and served for four years at Lackland Air Force Base and Okinawa, Japan.
After receiving his Master's Degree in Education, he taught Political Science, U.S. History and Government for 30 years at New Canaan High School. He was a popular teacher and admired by many students.
His early musical interest was jazz, but as time went on he developed a passion for opera. He was a regular at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City and traveled widely throughout the opera world, visiting La Scala and many other great opera houses. He particularly enjoyed sharing his passion with others and taught classes in opera at Founders Hall in Ridgefield. It was at an opera performance where he met his wife, Anne McPherson. He was an active member of St. Stephen's Church in Ridgefield.
Frank is survived by his wife of 51 years, his daughter Gail Doyle of Antigua, Guatemala, his son Timothy of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, his sister Ann Guerriero of Burlington, Connecticut and his brother Michael Tracy of Bristol, Connecticut.
A memorial service is planned for a later date. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his name to the Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St., or the Land Conservancy of Ridgefield, P.O. Box 32, Ridgefield, CT

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Published in New Canaan Advertiser & The Ridgefield Press on May 23, 2020.
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May 28, 2020
I was a student of Mr. Tracy in '85-'86 for U.S. Government. He taught the subject with the passion and reverence that it deserved. He was very down-to-earth and kind. I will always remember the Doug Flutie/New Jersey Generals poster he had on the inside of the classroom door. My condolences and sympathies go out to his family upon their loss.
Tony Sutton
Student
May 28, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Mr. Tracys family. I was a student in Mr. Tracys history class some 40 years ago. The years have passed but the memories of Mr. Tracys kindness, his gift for teaching and connecting with his students, along with his love of baseball endure. He was unforgettable and one of my favorite teachers. I am so sorry for your loss.
Katheryn Wagner Morley
Student
May 27, 2020
Mr Tracy taught me history in New Canaan High in 1978/1979 (I graduated NCHS in 1980). He was one of my favorite teachers. He got me interested in history. We loved to get him to tell war stories because they were entertaining And they would not be on the test. He was a great teacher!! My prayers for your family.
Matt Harrison
Student
May 26, 2020
Sending love to Anne and the entire family.
Bill Joyner
Friend
May 23, 2020
one of my favorite teachers ... also got to work with him when I was doing my student teaching... really good guy!!
Pete Tarnowski
Student
May 23, 2020
I graduated from NCHS in 1982. Frank Tracy was one of my favorite teachers and a had very few. I was not a popular student but Mr. Tracy ALWAYS said hi to me and made me feel important. God bless him and his legacy. To his family I am praying for Gods comfort at this time.
Rob Barnes
May 23, 2020
Mr Tracy was my history teacher at New Canaan High School class of 1971.
Wonderful teacher! May he Rest In Peace. Gayle Rumovicz Radshaw
Gayle Rumovicz Radshaw
Student
May 23, 2020
Mr. Tracy was one of my teachers in 1976!. Although I left NCHS and the community many years ago, please know Mr. Tracy is fondly remembered for keeping by this student for his government class interesting! My condolences to the family.
Jacquie (Bozarth) Brown
Student
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