With great sadness, the family of Victor Tracy announces his passing on October 9th following a short illness. Vic was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1957 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and based out of Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt. After five years and many ports of call, he knew the west coast would become his home.
Vic lived an interesting life. During WWII, he and his mother Gabrielle (Gaye) Tracy Metcalf (nee Williams) moved to Dawson Creek, the starting point for the Alaska Highway, where she catered for the U.S. military during the construction. Although quite young, he remembered riding in trucks and jeeps driven by the base officers. The navy trained Vic in communications; he would eventually be stationed on the DEW line at CFB Alert. While there he worked with other military personnel to intercept and interpret what was called Cold War ‘signal intelligence’. After ending his service, Vic returned to Winnipeg where he convinced his mother and stepfather Herbert (Bert) Metcalf to move with him and his young family to Vancouver.
A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Vic taught in Delta at Gray Elementary, Delta Senior Secondary, and Delview Junior Secondary schools, North Island Secondary School in Port McNeil and Port Hardy Secondary School in Port Hardy. Both during his tenure and after his retirement in 2005, he worked with the BC Teacher`s Federation (BCTF) engaged in conflict resolution and peer support across the province. He was very proud of this work and was highly regarded by both clients and colleagues.
He believed in giving back to the community. His early community service included coaching little league baseball and hockey teams; however, his love for education and community guided him into political activity, eventually running for and being elected as School Board trustee Vancouver Island North (2005 to 2011) and as trustee for the Sointula Waterworks Improvement District (2002-2006).
A lover of the arts: Galleries – Live jazz and blues, and Indigenous creations. He loved red wine; books; gardens. An avid sports fan – Go HABS, Bombers and Jays! He loved building and renovating – he and his wife Sandra built a beautiful waterfront home in Sointula on Malcolm Island as well as a vacation home in Bahia Asuncion, Baja California prior to returning to the lower mainland in 2015.
Victor loved his family. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra Audet, two daughters Colleen (Ted) and Shannon (Bruce), granddaughters, Claire and Sydney, three stepdaughters Michelle (Zee), Karyn (Shawn) and Catherine (Adam), six step grandchildren Lukas, Matthew, Sarah, Zayd, Emily and Allison, half sisters Diane Metcalf Howard (Lyal), Dawn Metcalf, Dene Tracy Patey, and Patty Tracy, and half brothers Leigh and Shawn (Sandy) Tracy as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of life will be hosted for family and friends on October 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the 100 Braid St Studios and Gallery: Suite 200-100 Braid St. New Westminster, B.C. In lieu of flowers a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation would be appreciated.