OBITUARY

John Thomas TRACY

June 27, 1954October 10, 2020

John Thomas (Jack) Tracy, a retired educator, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 10, 2020.

Jack is survived by his wife Carol, his two children, John Tracy and Erin Pearson, his brother Edward Tracy and his sisters, Clare Koerner, Marian Willauer, Bernadette Mowad, Anne Willauer, and Dorothy Kochner and two grandchildren, Thomas Tracy and Ellis Pearson. He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Tracy, and his mother, Clare Tracy.

Jack was born in Bayshore, NY on June 27,1954 to Clare and Edward Tracy. He grew up in East Islip, NY and had a passion for athletics. That passion earned him a scholarship for soccer at Saint Bernard college in Cullman, Al where he received a BA in Health and PE. Following college he moved to Montgomery, Al where he met his wife, Carol, of 40 years. They raised two beautiful and talented children, John and Erin. Along the way, he also received a Masters in Education in English and later received an Administrative degree.

Jack followed his passion for athletics to enrich his community. He was a teacher, coach and vice principal at Prattville High School in Prattville, Al. He helped create the adult soccer league in Montgomery and he helped to start the girls soccer team for Prattville High School. Jack never met a stranger, had a great sense of humor and was a friend to many.

Due to the pandemic no funeral or memorial plans are scheduled yet. The family will look to have a memorial for Jack at a later date. In celebration of Jack Tracy’s life, donations may be made to Dream Court Montgomery https://www.facebook.com/DreamCourt/

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.WhiteChapel-GreenwoodFH.com for the TRACY family.

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Gary Hartman

October 23, 2020

I met Jack two-weeks after I arrived in the US from London, England, in 1978. We met at a football (soccer) team practice @ Indian Springs, Birmingham, Alabama, for a new team that was forming. We became fast friends through our joint love of soccer (and having a good time). We played for a few years together with Birmingham United before Jack moved to Montgomery. I remember his shouts of "Reckless abandon!" as we charged down the field during a match.

On my many visits to Montgomery, to visit with Jack and Carol, I was introduced to a group of new friends - Jack accumulated them wherever he went.

Jack was special; kind, honest and possessed with pure goodness that I loved and appreciated. He was also brave; managing the failings of the body with his own style and on his own terms - a stubborn Irishman if ever there was one! Jack never let it beat him down; maintaining that brave face and outward, "it will be alright" attitude.

But more than anything, he cared about you.

I don't think that we were a pair of mates that had deep conversations, but boy, did we have some laughs—he had a laugh I always found infectious and which could have me cracking up right along with him.

I'll miss you, Jacko, and I know many others will too; my first and longest American friend.

Janine Kidd

October 22, 2020

Mr. Tracy was one of the best teachers at PHS. He was my 9th grade English teacher, he really knew how to encourage you and make you laugh. I have such great memories of him and that New York accent! I also had the pleasure of working with Mr. Tracy at PHS where he was so gracious to write me a recommendation to go with my resume. He will be missed and my condolences to the family.

Cynthia Dillard

October 20, 2020

Carol, I’m so sorry to hear of the death of your husband and father of your children. I’ll be thinking of you and your family with love and concern.

Cindy Dismukes

October 20, 2020

Mr Tracy was one of my favorite educators during my high schools days at Prattville High School (c/o 2000). I had Mr Tracy for 9th grade English and I also had the pleasure of being his teachers aid a few years. Mr Tracy alway had our backs and pushed us to be better students. He impacted so many of us in ways. Not many teachers get remembered or even talked about after graduation, that wasn’t Mr Tracy. His legacy will live on forever with the students that he impacted over the years. Rest easy.

Jeff Brown

October 20, 2020

Class of 98 PHS.
Mr. Tracy was very much an inspiration in my life as well as many others, he believed in me and pushed me to achieve my goals. I owe my high school years to him. He pushed me like no other and I am very Greatful for that. The world lost a Great Educator and a awesome person. Till we meet again

Megan Carruth

October 19, 2020

Coach Tracy was my 9th grade English teacher in 2004 and a friendship was formed. Some great memories all the way from freshman year to being his aid my senior year. After college, I worked for a local news station and we’d have lunch at Chappys on Perry Hill. He’d talk about his wife, kids, and sweet grandchildren. Jack Tracy left wonderful memories for those he knew. I am so blessed to have been one of those people. All my prayers for his family.

Silvana Cureton

October 19, 2020

I loved my chats with Jack. Whenever I had a stressful day at PHS , just a few words with him brought calmness to my spirit. He always had an easygoing manner and a smile. I loved seeing him in the hallway, I loved his smile and his kindness, I have such fond memories of Jack. He will be so missed.

Denis Haney

October 19, 2020

Jack was a dear friend for over 30 years. We played soccer together, horseshoes, watched football and had many spirited conversations in his bar. I loved Jack like a brother and will miss him dearly. He never met a stranger and genuinely cared about those he knew.

Deborah Davis

October 15, 2020

Coach Tracy was soccer coach for 3 of my children. He was highly respected by them and was a frequent household name. One particular occasion when my daughter was driving the family truck and it had been raining very heavily, he assisted her in finding the help she needed to guide the truck out of a flooded ditch. He continued to be friends with my son and called periodically to converse. Thank you, in Heaven, Coach Tracy!!!

CLARE (Tracy) KOERNER

October 13, 2020

I will always remember my brother Jack with a smile and laughter. When he was young he was known as "peanut" because of his tiny stature. He could get thru other kids legs fast and sneakily. He always loved soccer. and Rugby. He learned at a very early age from our neighbor, Jack McAuley, who was originally from Scotland. He is having the biggest party ever in heaven. Jack enjoyed life. Prayers to his wife, Carol, and children, John (Erika)and Erin (Michael), and grandchildren, John Thomas and Ellis. He loved you all very much.

FROM THE FAMILY

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