Thomas N. "Tom" Tracy

Thomas N. "Tom" Tracy

Portland, ME - Thomas N. Tracy, 66, of Portland, ME, died peacefully at Maine Medical Center surrounded by love on April 3, 2019, after a brief and arduous battle with multiple myeloma.

Tom was born and raised in Meriden, CT, son of Jane and William Tracy, Sr. He received a BS Ed. from the University of New Hampshire. In his first teaching job, Tom won over fellow teacher, Mary Ainslie, with his smile, above average jokes, and gentle sense of fun. In 1977, they married in Ithaca, NY, and happily raised two children.

He went on to earn an MBA from Cornell University and worked at LL Bean, Coastal Enterprises, and Delorme Mapping before starting Deep River Publishing and (now After 25 years in business, he taught math in the Alternative Ed. program at Bonny Eagle High School and the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences. Tom treasured individual connections with his students. In retirement, he organized the Campaign for Young Families, lobbying for universal early childhood education in Maine.

Tom loved life. Summer sunrises often found him canoeing around Bow Lake in New Hampshire. He was an active member of Portland Friends Meeting and founding board member of Friends School of Portland. He cherished his spiritual community and friendships arising from it. He loved his family deeply and was an exceptional husband, father, and grandfather. He was a firm optimist, a master of wry one-liners, and loved getting to know and understand everyone he met.  

He leaves his beloved wife of 41 years, Mary Tracy; son, Luke Tracy, of Brooklyn, NY; daughter, Ann Cole, her husband Ryan Cole, and granddaughters Bailey and Margot of Falmouth, ME; brothers, William Tracy, Jr. and his wife, Mary Lou Tracy, of Standish, ME; and Davis Tracy and his wife, Marty Williams, of Gardiners, PA; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and Ainslie in-laws.

A memorial service will be held in May. Tom’s ashes will be buried in a family plot near the summer home that has been the heart of the Tracy clan for four generations. A proud leftie, both in handedness and politics, he asked to be placed to the left of his parents.

The family thanks all the staff who provided skillful and compassionate care at Gibson Pavilion at Maine Medical Center and at Maine Medical Partners Medical Oncology.

Tom was a self-described news junkie who believed strongly in equal justice and the importance of a free press. Memorial gifts may be made to Committee to Protect Journalists, or Friends Committee on National Legislation,

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  • Bill Windels on

    Dear Mary, Davis and Bill and families,
    I’m sorry for your loss and condolences to you all. Tom was obviously dearly loved and leaves behind a legacy which will continue to bear fruit. If more of us follow his examples, the world would be a better place. May peace grow in your hearts as you continue to live, grateful for Tom. —Bill and Karen Windels


    It’s been about half a century since we were in the same huddle. I still remember his smile, enthusiasm and humility. They don’t come much nicer than Tom. RIP my friend…

  • Baba Ly on

    RIP my dear Tom. I will always remember your genuine smile and your compassion for those who are in need of a better life.

    Peace and Love,
    Baba Ly

  • Christine Kukka on

    Dear Mary, Luke and Ann, I was so sorry to hear about your father’s death. You probably hear this often, but of all the men and women who have been my employers, Tom ranks as the kindest and most compassionate. It was a lucky day for me when he called me to offer a job at Deep River Publishing. Working in the dot com world certainly had its ups and downs, but most profoundly, your father was there, providing as much gentleness and compassion that could be mustered in that environment. As the years have passed, I have learned to recognize the value of kindness, and realize it easily surpasses all other business and professional skills in its intrinsic contribution to humanity.
    You are all in my thoughts, may peace be with you,
    Chris and John

  • Laurie Eastman Veal on

    Tom Tracy was such a fine, upstanding, friendly and visionary man. The lively path he forged throughout his career was an inspiration. But the most uplifting quality of Tom’s to those who met him on his path was his unswerving and rock-solid dedication to friends and family. Rest in Peace, Tom. Know that your legacy of love and support will continue to bring solace to those you love.

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