Jerome “Joe” Anthony Tracey passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the Elk Valley Hospital in Fernie on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the age of 77 years. He was born on December 31, 1937 in Grattan, ON.
Joe moved his family to Hosmer and then Fernie in 1973 before settling in Sparwood in 1984. He was a member of the Lions, Knights of Columbus, and the Parkinson’s Society, working tirelessly to help better life for many. His long and distinguished career as a maintenance professional began with CP Rail in Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary, and spanned more than 44 years. He joined the maintenance supervisory team at Kaiser Resources in 1973 and retired in 1998. Joe was instrumental in hiring, training and mentoring many maintenance people in the valley, many of whom continue at the heavy duty shops at Teck today. He was admired by many because of his positive outlook and sense of humour.
Joe enjoyed many activities which always included his family; fishing, skiing, golfing, camping and travelling. But most of all he enjoyed all these things with his family and many, many friends.
Joe was an amazing and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who devoted his life to his family. Many friends of his children became a part of his and mom’s extended family and were included in the many activities and most of all ski trips, which dad loved so much.
He has rejoined his loving parents John and Agnes as well as his daughter Debra Lee, brother Basil and sister-in-law Ray and niece Debra-Lynne, and his brother-in-law John Orosz.
Joe will be sorely missed and lovingly, forever remembered by his wife of 55 years, Lena Tracey, sons Michael Tracey, David Tracey, Barry (Lauralea) Tracey and his daughter Cathey Tracey (Dean), sisters Jean (Jack) Dugan, Inez Orosz and Margaret (Harvey) Kovak, 10 grandchildren: Ryan, Reagan, Kyle, Brittney, Jared, Jordan, Solange (Dan), Zoe, Taylor and Alyssa, 3 great grandchildren: Dominic, Lucia and Maverick and very special friends Henri and Jane Gauthier, Diane and Alex Seize, Yvette and Logan Depres, and Dale and Judy Garrett.
Prayers were held on Thursday, October 15th at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with the Funeral Mass following on Friday, October 16th.
Should friends so desire, donations may be made to the Lilac Terrace Building Fund, P.O. Box 1587, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0. Memories & condolences shared at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.