Tracy Bernard Slack, JrSeptember 16, 1917 ~ August 30, 2013 (age 95) 95 Years Old
Tracy Bernard Slack, Jr. has accepted the end of his life's campaign on Friday, August 30, 2013 at The Watermark at East Hill, Southbury, CT, just seventeen days shy of his ninety-sixth birthday.
It is a long way from Cambridge to Charlemont, to UMass Amherst, to a USO dance and a hopeful word with a young lady, to the war in Europe.
From shrapnel and bullet to recovery and capture and liberation, and back again to marry that young lady and begin a life and a career as a Landscape Architect he once characterized as "after surviving the War, this is all gravy." All of the days since ... all of you ... all of us ... have to him just been a lucky, unexpected, welcome break. Almost sixty-four years later he would have to say goodbye to that girl he wed and now, four years further hence, we must say goodbye to him. If you ever sang with our Dad in a choir loft, at a table, or surrounding
the pianist at the old upright ... then sing a song for him today. If you had occasion to hear him advocate for a town, a park, a walking path, a safer way for people to cross a busy street corner, or for the preservation
of a heritage tree ... then take up a civic cause in his memory today, no matter how modest it may seem to others. If you have ever smiled at his use of a phrase he learned last week or last century in German, or French,
or Swedish, or Hungarian ... then find a new way to tell someone "thank you" or "that would be wonderful" and capture their smile for him. Tracy Jr. is survived by his sister Katharine, his three children and their spouses, Annabelle Slack Bailey, Paul G. Slack and Tracy B. Slack, III; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials: Memorial tributes may be made in his name and in honor of his two great-grandsons to either the Angelman Syndrome Foundation at angelman.org, or the Foundation at The Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at mecdhh.org.
Cemetery: Cemetery Not Applicable
Location: Munson-Lovetere Southbury
Services: His family will announce a time and place for a celebration of his life.
Visitation: There are no calling hours.