Michael Tracy

  • Born: June 8, 1950
  • Died: August 4, 2013
  • Location: Macomb Township, Michigan

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Macomb Township, MI 48044

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Michael Tracy was born June 8, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan. Michael and his siblings grew up on the eastside, and Michael's father, Arthur, worked at Ford Motor Company to support his growing family.

Even as a youth and teenager, Mike was very active and enjoyed playing football during his high school years. One day, while playing pool with friends at Kelly Cue Pool Hall, Mike challenged the very attractive Kris Schrodt to play against him. Mike not only won the match, but won Kris' heart as well.

The two were united in marriage October 2, 1976 at the Regina High School Chapel. Mike attended Macomb Community College during this time and worked at Chatham Supermarket to put himself through school. He graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Management. Mike and Kris would later relocate to Warren, Michigan where their family would grow. A son, David was born and a daughter, Shannon, would follow eighteen months later. In 1985, the family moved to Macomb Township where Mike would live the rest of his life.

Mike was a very skilled salesman and worked his way up to a managerial position first at New York Carpet World and later at World of Floors. He had a very strong work ethic and never called in sick. Mike retired from Home Depot when he became ill.

When Mike was not working hard he could be found at home or abroad doing a number of activities. He was always on the go with his friends and family. Each Monday was "Pineapple Poker Night" with his buddies; Thursday was the travelling golf game day; Saturday was movie night (his favorites being 3-D movies of all genres) with Kris. Spare time was filled with board games, roller blading, pickle ball (imagine tennis meets ping-pong), gambling at Greektown Casino…

Mike and his family made frequent fishing trips to Grayling and to amusements parks of all types; water parks, music parks and ski trips. He and Kris would take their yearly cruises. Most recently they had cruised around the Caribbean and the Mediterranean and visited the Vatican.
At home Mike was the "Grille Master" and was famous in his neighborhood for his barbecue ribs. It did not have to be a holiday for Mike to celebrate life; each day was a new adventure that he embraced whole heartedly.

Even when Mike was diagnosed with Lou-Gehrig's Disease in November of 2012, his adventurous spirit could not be suppressed. Though the disease began to rob him of his ability to walk, just last May he was in his motorized wheelchair in the Bahamas enjoying the time he had left with his family as he had always done.

On the morning of August 4th, 2013, Michael Tracy began his greatest adventure yet. He lived an extremely full life with no regrets, no fears and left us with memories that will last for eternity.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of thirty-six years, Kris Tracy; children, Dave (Shannon) Tracy and Shannon Tracy; his granddaughter, Emma who is due November 15th; siblings, Phil Tracy and Mary Jo (Ron) Gillingham; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends all of whom he cherished.

Mike was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Patrick Tracy and Mark Tracy.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear of Mikes passing. It was shocked to me and Sam when we got your letter in January. Did not know he was ill. We've known both of you for a long time doing our taxes. Our hearts go out to you Kris and your Family. You and your family will always be in our hearts and prayers. May god give you comfort and peace daily and keep you well.

Very truly yours,
Sam and Bonnie Phillips

Posted by Bonnie Phillips - Clinton Twp, MI - friend   January 13, 2014

I don't need to say hello or goodbye to you...for we will meet again! For you brother, regardless, it is always hello! I miss your smile, your "ummphhff "which meant I know what you are saying are trying to do, but I can do it better. I miss our talks, private and personal, which no one knew we had over the years. I miss your closeness as a brother that a sister should have. I miss that glance you gave me only a sibling would know. But most of all I miss you!! I miss you Mike!! Why o why did you have to go??? It don't seem right, you are to young for God to call you home...but my comfort is knowing for sure I will see and share life with you again, in a better world, in a better place where there isn't any suffering, hate or bewilderment....just love!!!...until we meet again brother...I will always love you forever!!!! Maureen, your sister

Posted by maureen solovy - rochester, MI - sister   August 09, 2013

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Sorry to hear that my brother has passed. He is with Jesus, and our dad, and brothers Pat and Mark. Love you and will miss you. I am praying that God will be with your family at this time of great sadness and sorrow.

Posted by Shaughn Morris - California City, CA - Sister   August 08, 2013

Loved my brother!!! Had great memories of us growing up together. Riding bikes, playing baseball and hide and go seek...RIP bro until I c u again enjoy the family in heaven!!!

Posted by Kathleen A. Cook - Dallas, TX - sister   August 08, 2013

We knew each other as co-workers at Home Depot, you were kind, considerate and always willing to work hard and help when needed. That says a lot about your chatacter and the man you were. I'm glad I had the oppertunity to know you. Enjoy your eternal rest Dear One.

Posted by Suzan Medley - Chesterfield, MI - co-worker   August 08, 2013

God bless you Kris. There are so many things I never knew about you. I am so sorry for your loss. We will have to talk at the store, one day, when you come back. Obviously you and Mike grew up around here. I went to Regina High, and also frequented Kelly's Cue, many years ago. Please take care! I know you are a good person, after all, good people, rescue cats. I know now, there is so much more to your life.

Hugs.

Sheila from Precious Pets Adoption League

Posted by Sheila Andres - Eastpointe, MI - works with Kris at Petco   August 07, 2013

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Tracy Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray you find comfort at this difficult time within each other, that you find peace in knowing he is at rest and your treasured memories of your loved one help to dry your tears.

Posted by Robyn - Macomb, MI - Friend of daughter   August 07, 2013

It has been an honor to know Mike for over 20 years. One of my fondest memories will always be days spent at the tax office & Mike mixing up Danette & my name and it being habit that he called us Danonna ( pronounced Da non na). Mike was a great guy, wonderful card player & someone that seemed to be able to fix anything with a smile on his face! You will be missed Mike.

Posted by Donna Holien - Sterling Heights, MI - friend   August 07, 2013

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I will never forget the first time i saw you; Kris had dragged me to Kelly Kue to see "this gorgeous guy"; As they say---the rest is history; I've enjoyed watching you with your family and all the things you have done; It has been my sincere pleasure to be related to you; I enjoyed watching you at Christmas and know my husband Michael will miss playing cards with you; Fishing in Grayling; and too many things to remember; It was for this reason we chose you to be our daughters godfather; I'll remember you every time i see a lemon meringue pie or bar be qued ribs; And I thank you for being a great husband to my sister; That means the world to me; Rest easy and say hello to my grandma for me; I will miss your smile;

Posted by Jayne Hemmingsen - Lapeer, MI - sister in law   August 06, 2013

Daddo... I sit back and think of all the amazing times we had in grayling, all the amusement and water parks (cedar pointe was our favorite) to this last cruise in the carribean... you were always smiling and made it so fun and exciting for me and dave!!... I am grateful to have had such a fun loving dad like you and 32 years that I will never forget!!..
Now your lungs feel big again and I'm glad you can take that deep breath like you've wanted to for months now... I asked grandpa to walk me down the aisle when I get married and he said yes, but just know that I'll be thinking of you every step of the way and I know you will be there to watch me! :)
I will always love you and can't wait to hug you again and play washer toss (you were always my biggest competition :))
LOVE YOU DAD!!!

Posted by shannon - clinton twp, MI - daughter   August 06, 2013

I am very sorry for your loss. Mike when playing Pickleball and when out to eat, always made me smile. He was such a great friend. Mike always said if you have lemons in your life make lemonade with it. I wish he could have visited us here in Florida, I will miss him.
George Negoshian

Posted by George Negoshian - Poiniciana, FL - friend   August 06, 2013

Mike, I will never understand why God chooses the Great Ones to leave us early in life, I guess he must need you for something very special. There have been few men in my life that hold the Silver Sword, where kindness always came first before ego. You hold, and always held the Silver Sword. Thank you for sharing your life with me.

Posted by Kathy Feiler - Friend   August 06, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God grant you and your family a peace that passes all understanding. God Bless. Sincerely, Michelle & Faith

Posted by Michelle - Sterling Heights, MI - Friend of Daughter - Shannon   August 06, 2013

Dad,

I'll miss you with every golf swing, pool ball sank, roller coaster ridden, at every sporting event, every card, board, and yard game played. I'll try to be half as good at grilling as you were.

I hope to be as good of a father as you were, to have your patience and have the opportunity to spend as much time with my family as you did.

I miss you so much.

I love you Dad and hope I made you proud,

Your son

Posted by Dave Tracy - Ferndale, MI - Son   August 06, 2013

Kris & Family,

We were so very sorry to hear of Mike's passing. May God be with you in the days ahead.

Barb & Ron Doll

Posted by Barb & Ron Doll    August 06, 2013

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mike..as your friend since high school and our working days at chatham......let it be known you will be missed immensely. always a great friend and a stand up guy...there will be a great void at our wednesday morning breakfast's...as well as a void in years to come..GOOD BYE..MY FRIEND...CHARLIE

Posted by charlie van gogh - sterling heights, MI - friend since the 60's.and foreve   August 06, 2013

So very sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Dave and Shannon.

Posted by Deborah Hunn - Ithaca, MI   August 06, 2013

Mike , we will miss all the great game playing adventures. May you have fun up there playing cards and games with your brothers. You are a great friend and will always be in our hearts.

Posted by chris and steve kaczorowski - chesterfield, MI - friends   August 06, 2013

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Tax day was fun, to go in and see where the cats were napping.
Donna's sister. Mike always had a smile, they told us about plans for the summer with the kids. I am so glad they had that time together.
God Bless,
David & Linda Mullins

Posted by David & Linda Mullins - Royal Oak, MI - been doing our taxes for years   August 06, 2013

Sending you much love and strength to you and your loving family at this difficult time. You both had many good years together and blessed with 2 beautiful children. You are very dear to me and very wonderful person Kris. God bless you and everyone that has touched your life.

Posted by Deborah Berkey - Clinnton Twp, MI - friend of Kris Tracy (wife)   August 06, 2013

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Dear Kris and family,
May Gods peace be with you and your family at this difficult time
Dian & John Nemeth

I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.

Posted by John & Diana Nemeth - Gilbert, AZ - Friend   August 06, 2013

What a nice guy. I remember when Mike ,Kris Pat Feiler and Myself rode our bikes and Mike?Kris on roller blades went from Pat's house to St.Heights for a concert at freedom hill and we forgot to bring flashlights. On way home Mike/Kris used their cell phones for lights so we could see. Still laugh about it today. Mike you will be missed. I am sure you are in a better place.

Jean and Gary Rohn

Posted by Jean Rohn - warren, MI - friend   August 06, 2013

It was an honor to meet you Mike in the short time of knowing you. You have raised two wonderful children whom I think the world of. My husband and myself are truly saddened of your passing. We enjoyed our time when we all went to the Lions game last fall, you were so much fun and an awesome inner spirit which is where I think your children get it from. God bless you and also make sure you kick that crap out of Matt in cards up there.

Posted by Mrs Teresa Griffith - Troy, MI - Freind of Dave and Sannon   August 06, 2013

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l am so glad your suffering is over. I will love you and miss you forever. Thank you for 36 years and 2 amazing children. So many sweet memories from this wonderful man. You will be in my heart always!!!!!!

Posted by Kris - macomb, MI - wife   August 06, 2013

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Kris, I am so sorry for your loss.

God is ever near to those
Who have a broken heart
Through the loss of someone dear
That tears your world apart
It seems so overwhelming
The grief, too much to bear,
But know that God is with you,
He loves you and He cares.

Please know that I am praying for you and the kids.
Love, Sharman

Posted by Sharman - Sterling Heights, MI - Friend   August 06, 2013

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Sweet friend. We love you and will remember your kindness forever. Love to Kris, Dave (Shannon), Shannon and the Tracy family.

Posted by Charlie and Nancy Vermeersch - Chesterfield, MI - Best men at each others wedding.   August 05, 2013

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We are both so sorry for your loss, may Mike rest in peace, our thoughts are with you at this time.

Posted by Joseph & Jean Montecillo - Macomb, MI   August 05, 2013


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