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Theodore L. Bracy

May 6, 1924 ~ August 9, 2020 (age 96)

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Theodore ‘Ted” Loren Bracy, 96 died peacefully at home Sunday, August 9th with his loving family by his side. Ted was blessed in his final month to have had many of his family and friends stop to reminisce about the great times all had experienced with him over many wonderful years.

 

Ted was born in Merrimack, Massachusetts on May 6, 1924, son of Herbert D. Bracy and Bernice (Sheldon) Bracy and was raised in York, graduating from York High School 1941.  He was predeceased by his wife and love, Eunice M. Bracy (Littlefield), his sister, Sally (Bracy) Jankoviak of Las Vegas, NV, and his brother Raymond ‘Skeeter’ Bracy of St. Augustine, FL.

 

Upon graduating at 17, Ted believed it was his duty to enlist and support the U.S. War effort and joined the Navy in 1942. He served on the USS Delta, seeing combat in both the Mediterranean and Pacific through 1946, as Fire Control Second Class.  During his service he received the WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Medal, European-African Middle East Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal and Good Conduct Medal.  Ted witnessed the surrender of Japan in Tokyo Bay and with that completed his service to his country and returned to York in 1947.  That year he fulfilled a promise he had made several years earlier on his “only” leave from the war to marry his high school sweetheart Eunice.  Ted attended Northeastern University through the GI Bill and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1951, with Eunice by his side working to supported him.  After graduation the decision was made to return to York to raise their family as David was already on the way. 

 

Ted took his first job in 1951 as a buyer at Saco Lowell in Biddeford and moved on in 1965 to work for Cyro Industries in Sanford, also known as American Cyanamid, first as a purchasing agent and then as a material services manager, until he retired in 1987.

 

Ted and Eunice were blessed to have enjoyed over 51 years together and were inseparable.  They were actively involved in square dancing and round dancing with Nubble Lighthouse Keepers and Square Dance Foundation of New England.  Together they danced all over New England and Florida, where they wintered for 11 years. Ted was a Lifetime Member at York Golf and Tennis and a member of Maine’s Senior Golf League.  At 92 he joked he couldn’t lose a tournament in his division as he had outlived most of his competition.  His last round of golf fittingly was with his sons and grandson in the annual Frank Hancock Memorial Tournament.  Ted also served for many years on the board of the Ocean View Cemetery in Wells, ME.  

 

Ted was a dedicated family man and was much-loved by his family including his nieces, Annie (Winkler) Beauchemin of Greenland, NH and Tenley (Winkler) O’Shaughnessy of Concord, MA, as well as their husbands and families. He was always a true gentleman, caring neighbor, dedicated worker, and loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. 

 

The family would like to express their profound thanks to Dr. James Gilroy for the years that Ted was under his care and guidance as he enjoyed a many years of good health.  Ted’s wish to remain in his home until his passing would not have been possible without the care provided by York Hospital Home Health and York Hospital’s Hospice programs.  Special thanks to NP Cassidy Abrahamson for her compassion and sound advice as well as Jan Scanlon and her “staff of angels” at Seacoast at Home Care.

 

Survivors include two sons, David L. Bracy, his wife Maureen (Wentzell) Bracy, their children, Michael L. Bracy and Jennifer (Norman) Bracy great-grandson Ashton Bracy all of Cape Neddick, Karen Bracy of Nashville, TN, Melissa (Bracy) Gerkin and Jon Gerkin of Portsmouth, NH and Douglas P. Bracy and his wife Brenda A. (Libby) Bracy of Cape Neddick, their children Brittany (Bracy) Mealey and Edward Mealey of Nottingham, NH and Jacob A. Bracy and his fiancé Kristine Keeney of Greenwood, Maine, and his sister, Beverly Freeman, of Franklin, NH.

 

A private family gathering is planned.  Burial will be in Ocean View Cemetery, Wells.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hancock Family Fund for Healthy Aging, York Hospital, York, ME.  Arrangements are by Lucas & Eaton Funeral Home.

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