Ralph J. “Jack” Tracy Jr., 90, died on Sept. 19, 2021. Jack was born on May 26, 1931, in Somes Sound Village to Ralph and Pauline (Higgins) Tracy. Better known as “Jack,” he spent his entire life on MDI, apart from attending advanced schooling and military duty.
He graduated in 1950 from Gilman High School in Northeast Harbor in the last class to graduate from this school. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Germany as a medic in a 400-bed hospital.
Returning home, he found employment at the hospital in Bar Harbor as an orderly and maintenance worker. While working there, he met a laboratory technician named Dorothy Simpson from Winthrop. Dorothy soon became his wife for the next 53 years until her death.
Taking advantage of the GI Bill, Jack enrolled at Maine Vocational Technical Institute as an automobile technician. Upon graduation he found employment in Seal Harbor and moved with his wife and son where he purchased a home.
Upon recommendation, he transferred to the electrical field and became a Master Electrician. The Jackson Laboratory contacted him and offered him a job as an electrician in the maintenance department, a job he held for the next 28 years.
Jack wore many hats. He was a sportsman, which included hunting, fishing and snowmobiling at his camp on Lower Lead Mountain Pond. He also enjoyed fishing at Chamberlain Lake in the Allagash with a special group, which included his lifelong pals Edgar Walls and John Reeves.
Jack was involved with many organizations such as being a Scout leader, Little League baseball coach, member and president of MDI Snowmobile Club, member and officer of Downeast Electrical Association, Seal Harbor Old Timers Club, 50-year member and chief of the Seal Harbor Fire Department, 50-year member and worshipful master of the Masonic Lodge No. 208 A.F & A.M. and a 50-year member and commander of the American Legion Post No. 103, both of Northeast Harbor.
Jack is survived by his sons Kenneth and Stephen Tracy, daughters Beth (Gerald) Frost, Marcia (Michael) Bender, all of Seal Harbor. Six grandchildren, Marie (Andy) Ericsson, Laura (Ben) Geisler, Corey (Yaicha) Frost, Megan (Tyler) Robbins and Ryan and Allyson Bender. Great-grandchildren Josie, Mae, Jack and Ivy Geisler, Jack and Cyrus Frost and Alayna Robbins, sisters Alice (Chuck) Wilson and Kay (Robert) Moore, plus many nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Dorothy, brother Clarence and sister Leta and her husband, Charles.
Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Seal Harbor Cemetery with a celebration of life to follow at the Seal Harbor Community Center. Those who desire may make contributions in Jack’s memory to the Seal Harbor Old Timers Club, c/o Steve Pinkham, P.O. Box 74, Seal Harbor, ME 04675.
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.