Brother Rice Remembers the Life of John Tracy ‘64

John Tracy 64 CoverIt is with deep sadness that Brother Rice High School announces the passing of John B. Tracy, Jr. ’64. John is the brother of James M. Tracy ’70, Timothy P. Tracy ’72 and the late Thomas D. Tracy ’65.

John attended Brother Rice High School, graduating in 1964. While at Brother Rice, he competed in every varsity basketball game during his four years, earning All-Catholic League as a junior and senior and also All-State honors. He is the school’s fifth leading scorer. He attended the University of Notre Dame on an athletic scholarship, graduating in 1968. At Notre Dame, he earned the basketball varsity letter, and during his senior year, he also served as a student assistant coach. In 1968, John came to Marquette Catholic High School, Michigan City, to serve as head basketball coach, where his teams won four conference titles and four tournament titles. He was also awarded “Area Coach of the Year” on four separate occasions. John then returned home to Chicago to serve as assistant basketball coach under former Notre Dame coach Gene Sullivan at Loyola University from 1988-1989. In 1991, he became the Dean of Students and head basketball coach at Chicago’s St. Ignatius College Prep. Under his direction, the Wolfpack basketball program won one North Sectional title, one York Tournament title, and, in 2000, captured SICP’s first Catholic League title in 42 years. One highlight of John’s coaching career was the school’s first and only Illinois Sweet Sixteen appearance. From 2009-2011, John was a television and radio color analyst for the Loyola University Ramblers. In 2011, he was inducted into the inaugural class of Brother Rice’s Circle of Champions, and in 2012, John was inducted into the Chicago Catholic League’s Hall of Fame.

John is survived by his children John Tracy III (Cheri), Mill Creek, IN, Kristine Tracy Lewis (Matthew), Carmel, IN, and stepdaughter Lauren Laramore, Wallingford, CT; grandchildren Quentin Tracy, MacKinnon Tracy, Alexander Tracy, Holly Tracy, Elizabeth Lewis, Ted Lewis, and Ben Lewis; mother of his children, Mary Laramore; brothers James Tracy (Deborah), Pleasanton, CA, Timothy Tracy (Anita), Ft Thomas, KY, and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is loved by many and will be missed by us all.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Thomas Tracy.

Visitation on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at St Ignatius College Prep (Tully Hall), 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608 at 10:30 A.M., will precede the Funeral Mass at neighboring Holy Family Church at 12:30 P.M. A reception at Tully Hall will follow the Mass. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN, is handling arrangements.

The family would like to express a special thanks to the St. Anthony Hospice staff, Donna Suida RN and Pat Sandberg for the loving care of our Dad.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Marquette Foundation-John Tracy Award, 306 West 10th Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360, or Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60655, or Saint Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608.

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