EDMUNDS TOWNSHIP – Tracy L. Smith passed away after a long illness on Nov. 3, 2103, peacefully and quietly, the same way he lived life since 1990, when he retired to Down East Maine, an area he loved and appreciated anew every day.
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 when it cost him. His passion was renovating an 1875 farmhouse for the past two decades.
Throughout his life Tracy liked to contribute to his community. He helped organize a series of Calais art exhibitions, was a founding member of the local Sunrise Senior College, was nominated to and served on the Governor’s Task Force on Oil Spill Prevention, was a member of the local Audubon chapter, and enjoyed sharing his love of art. A cancer survivor for seven years, he 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, Conn. 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, Conn., 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 master’s 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 Cash-Smith, he leaves behind three children, Holly Smith of Falls Church, Va., Tracy Smith Jr. and wife, Ndaneh, of Baltimore and Toni Cauthen of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren. He also leaves behind his very special friend, Carla. His sister, Jacqueline Williams, predeceased him.
Tracy enriched many a life and will be greatly missed. Donations may 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.