Philip R. Tracy,
of Norton. When all of his work was done on this earth, Philip moved from the arms of his wife and daughters into the embrace of his loving God on April 7, 2016. Philip dedicated his life to the service of his family, the development of faith and education and the pursuit of justice for those on the margins of society. As a freedom fighter during the Civil Rights Movement, Philip marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and proudly served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Jamaica after his graduation from Boston College in 1964.
A French and Spanish teacher for over fifty years, Philip’s passion for foreign languages brought him to undertake studies in the master’s degree program at the Institut Catholique in Paris where he married his devoted wife, Mary Ann Skinski-Tracy at the Church of Saint Germain des Pres in 1968. Philip celebrated his greatest joys in life, his daughters Mary-Kate and Julie and their husbands Francis Tracy-Robidoux and Joseph Tracy-Prieboy, each and every day.
A man of great faith and intellectual pursuit, Philip loved nothing more than sharing deep political and theological discussions with his friends, enjoying a cup of tea and raspberry brambles on the front porch of his beloved home in Prince Edward Island, planting perennials in his gardens, singing the songs of Edith Piaf and laughing through a spirited game of Uno with his family.
Philip is also survived by his caring brothers and sisters, John W. Tracy, Jr. and his wife Ann, Cynthia Johnson and her husband Donald, Sr., Judith Tracy, Dr. James Tracy and his wife Mary Ellen, many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
Family and friends will honor Philip’s life by gathering for an 11am Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, April 15th at Saint Mary’s Church, 330 Pratt St. (Rte. 106) in Mansfield.
In Philip’s memory, donations may be made to Bethlehem Farm, Haley House, My Brother’s Keeper, Ursuline Academy, or any organization that promotes the work of Philip’s dear friends, the angels and saints (particularly the Jesuit ones).
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