TRACY SMITH

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Tracy Smith of Edmunds, ME, passed away after a long illness on November 3, peacefully and quietly, the same way he had lived life since 1990 when he retired to Downeast Maine, an area he loved and appreciated anew every day.  He is survived by his wife, Ruth Cash-Smith, with whom he shared his life for nearly 35 years.

At heart he was a keen and constant observer of nature and of life, a scientist, an athlete and an artist.   While usually reserved, his thoughtful, warm, gentle and dignified presence could give way to an unexpected sense of humor.  He chose to lead his life according to his own principles, even if cost him.  His passion was renovating their 1875 farmhouse for the past two decades.

Throughout his life Tracy liked to contribute to his community.  He helped initiate monthly Calais art exhibitions, was a founding member of the local Sunrise Senior College, was nominated to the Governor’s Task Force on Oil Spill Prevention, served as a member of the local Audubon chapter, and enjoyed sharing his love of art.  Tracy was a cancer survivor for seven years and participated in the Machias Cancer Support Group.

Before coming to Maine, Tracy worked as an associate professor of Biology at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.  He was proud to have served in the United States Air Force, working as a crew member on a B-52 bomber.

Born in Bridgeport, where he was an accomplished high school athlete who went on to play college football, basketball, and baseball at the University of Bridgeport. During his life in Connecticut, he earned two Masters Degrees and won two National Science Foundation grants. Tracy was a founder of the Stratford South End Community Council, a troop leader in the Boy Scouts of America, member of the Council on Black American Affairs, and Waterfront Director at Camp Pomperaug.

In addition to his wife Ruth, he is survived by his three children, Holly Smith of Falls Church, VA, Tracy Smith Jr. and his wife Ndaneh of Baltimore, and Toni Cauthen of Atlanta. He was a proud grandfather of seven grandchildren.  His sister, Jacqueline Williams, preceded him in death.  

Tracy enriched many a life and will be greatly missed.  Donations can be made in his memory to the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center or to the Dennysville Ambulance.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.