Stanley T.'s Story
In the afternoon of July 23, 2016, Stanley T. "Stan" Tracy peacefully passed away at home with his family.
Stan was born on January 22, 1935, to the late Helen and Mahlon Tracy in Gloversville, N.Y. where he was also raised.
After graduating from Gloversville High School, he enlisted in the Air National Guard of New York, where he spent six years while beginning his career in retail management at Sears & Roebuck Company. While employed at Sears, Stan moved his family to many locations, the last of which was Rockport back in the early 1970s. Once on Cape Ann, he owned and operated the Liquor Locker in Gloucester and a shop on Bearskin Neck. Later in life he spent time dispatching for the Gloucester Dispatch. Stan found peace in the beautiful seacoast towns of Rockport and Gloucester.
Stan had a passion for playing golf, horseshoes, and softball. For many years, Stan was a member the Rockport Country Club. He could also be found at other favorite courses such as Bellevue Golf Course and Bonita Fairways. He was a lifelong fan of the Red Sox and Patriots. He always had a game on the radio or television and was ready to discuss every inning and quarter of the games the next day.
After retirement, Stan spent many years in Naples, Fla. at Lake San Marino where he continued to enjoy life to its fullest with many fabulous friends who ultimately became a second family to him.
He leaves behind his daughter, Debbie and her husband, Jack Ketchopulos of Rockport; grandsons, Sean and wife, Shelby; Chad and wife, Leah; and Dustin Ketchopulos; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Colin, Gavin, Andrew, Ali, Timothy and Jackson. Surviving him is his dear friend, Alice Babcock.
Stan was preceeded in death by his grandson, Ross Ketchopulos at the tender age of 22, his wife of 33 years, Barbara Tracy, and his second wife, Sheilagh Weller.
Stan's selfless request to become a donor to the Anatomical Gift Program at Tuft's University School of Medicine was Stan's desire when he passed on with the hope of improving or saving someone life. His family is comforted that some folks may have a second chance thanks to his precious gift. A Memorial and Blessing will be held at a later date.
If one desires, donations may be made in Stan's memory to the Ross Ketchopulos Scholarship Fund, Bishop Fenwick High School, 99 Margin Street, Peabody, MA 01960.