MERIDEN - William Merrill Tracy, Sr., 88, of 138 Beverly Drive, died Monday, Oct. 17, 2005, at New Britain General Hospital .He was the husband for sixty-two years of the late Jane Dibble Tracy. He was born in Newton Center, MA on June 2, 1917, the son of the late Reginald Pierce and Elizabeth Merrill Tracy, and lived in Meriden since he was two years old. He attended Meriden Public Schools, Choate School in Walllngford and was a graduate of Yale University in 1939. Bill served as a Major in the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II, after which he worked his way up to Vice President of Manufacturing at Insilco Corporation. Bill was very active in the Boy Scouts, Y.M.C.A., as chairman of the board of MEDCO, the Board of Public Safety of Meriden, served as City Councilor and Mayor of Meriden. He was a very active member of First Congregational Chuch and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He is survived by three sons and their spouses, William M. and Mary Lou Tracy, Jr. of Standish, ME, Davis C. Tracy and Marty Williams of Gardners, PA and Thomas N. and Mary Tracy of Portland, ME; a sister, Jean Tracy Burrows of Viola, WI; five grandchildren, Scott D. Tracy of Buxton, ME, Mark R. Tracy of Hollis, ME, Jessica L. Cardinale, of Los Angeles, CA, Luke T. Tracy of Cambridge, MA and Ann E. Tracy of Philadelphia, PA; and two great-grandchildren, Isaac B. Tracy of Buxton, ME and Sara Jane Tracy of Hollis, ME. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Tracy Sommerwerck. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005, at First Congregational Church, 62 Colony St., Meiden. The Rev. Dr. John W. Clarke will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher amd Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Bill's memory be made to Franciscan Home Care and Hospice Care Program, 267 Finch Ave., Meriden, CT 06451.

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  1. Dear Bill, Dave and Tom: Hadn’t seen Dad for some time, but reacquainted with him when he volunteered at MidState. His day to .save lives. was Wednesday, and he would stop by my office with his blue smock to head to the ER. He would also stop back to say how many lives he did saved, even though they couldn’t all be from Meriden as he never knew a one. He always brought a smile to my face as he headed home to relax…as his home had a water view. He will be missed.

  2. DEAR WILLIAM TRACEY FAMILY, OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES ON THE PASSING OF YOUR FATHER. YOUR FATHER AND OURS HAD A LONG WORKING RELATIONSHIP AT INTERNATIONAL SILVER. WE ALSO SHARED A LOVE OF BOW LAKE, THANKS TO YOUR FATHER. HE WILL BE MISSED. WE WILL ALSO BE LOOKING FOR THE FLAG FLYING ACROSS THE LAKE. SINCERELY, THE ED AND JACK HINELINE FAMILIES

  3. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. The family of Alphonse D’Agostino 64 Home Ave Meriden, CT 06450

  4. TO: Dave Tracy and Family. I’m deeply sorry to see that your dad has passed on.In the short time that I had the pleasure of knowing him I became very fond of him.I will miss him as well as your mom.I consider it a huge privlige to have served and known them. Sincerely, Paul

  5. TO: Dave Tracy and Family. I’m deeply sorry to see that your dad has passed on.In the short time that I had the pleasure of knowing him I became very fond of him.I will miss him as well as your mom.I consider it a huge privlige to have served and known them. Sincerely, Paul

  6. Tom and family, Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Rick Dupuis shared this with me and I wanted to send my condolences. Although it has been a long long time, I still remember our young days in Meriden. My parents have passed on here in Florida some 12 years ago but we enjoyed time with them before that. Best wishes, -Tom Rockwell

  7. Tom, My condolences on the passing of your father. Your father and my father, Arthur were friends and co-workers at International Silver Co. They also shared in serving their community through the Boy Scout experience. I lost my father last year. They will continue to be our inspiration. Sincerely, Rick Dupuis Platt H.S. ’71

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