HARTFORD – Father John Patrick Tracy, 89, of Hartford, passed away on Jan. 2, 2013, with his family by his side.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1923, in Hartford, the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Johnson) Tracy. He attended Our Lady of Sorrows Grammar School and graduated from St. Joseph Cathedral School, both in Hartford. He went on to study at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.
Father Tracy was ordained to the priesthood on May 6, 1948, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by then-Bishop Henry J. O’Brien. His extensive service to the Catholic Church included appointments as assistant at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Hamden in September 1948, St. Mary in Norwich in January 1951, St. Mary in Meriden in May 1952, St. Bernard in Sharon in October 1953, again at St. Mary in Meriden in September 1963 and St. Mark the Evangelist in West Hartford in November 1964.
Father Tracy was pastor of St. Rose Parish in New Haven from 1971-78, after which he became pastor of St. Lawrence O’Toole Parish in Hartford from June 23, 1978, until his retirement on his 75th birthday on Feb. 16, 1998.
In addition to his parents, Father Tracy was predeceased by his sister Margaret, who died in 1945. He is survived by many cousins.
Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Jan. 7 in the chapel of St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Interment in the family plot at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield followed.
Memorial donations may be made in Father Tracy’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.