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Updated: Former Postmaster, Veterans Advocate J. Robert Tracey Dies

Veterans Park was renamed after Tracey in July.

Former Morristown Postmaster and veterans advocate J. Robert Tracey has died. He was 87 years old.

Friends were informed early Thursday morning of Tracey's passing, said Mayor Tim Dougherty.

"Obviously my wife and I and our family send our condolences to the Tracey family and keep them all in our thoughts and prayers," he said.

Tracey served as Morristown's Postmaster for 30 years. A World War II veteran, he has long been an advocate for veterans and was honored for his efforts when Veterans Park was renamed in July the J. Robert Tracey Veterans Memorial Park.

Clean Communities Coordinator Kathleen Margiotta, who called Tracey "a dear friend and all around good Morristown guy," said further information about services was expected to be available by Friday.

A former resident of Early Street, Margiotta was Tracey's neighbor there for 10 years. She and Tracey's daughter, Debbie, have been friends since high school.

"Bob is a founding member of the Morristown Clean Communities volunteer board and never missed a clean up event in the past 22 years," Margiotta said. "Ironically, I was planning on calling him today to see if he was up to attending this Saturday’s Fall Clean Up."

She also noted Tracey's longtime volunteer contributions on the Morristown Recreation Committee and as the Easter Bunny during the annual Easter Egg Hunt. "I was his photographer at the event, and in later years his extra ears when he began to have trouble hearing. Again, he never missed the event."

"Bob did a lot for Morristown and I always enjoyed his friendship, and boy could he tell good stories about old Morristown," Margiotta said.

"There's not enough time to mention all the things he has been active in in the community," Dougherty said.

Rebecca P. Feldman September 27, 2012 at 04:41 PM
What a loss for the town and for all the area's veterans, too. The renovation of the Veteran's Park, now named for J. Robert Tracey, will be a labor of love. You can help donate funds, materials or your time to the memorial park, just contact the Mayor's office: k-wedderburn@townofmorristown.org
Patriot September 27, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Absolutely wonderful person....a TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT! A most honorable and giving person. Always helping others. GOD BLESS! May he rest in peace.
Sharon Callahan September 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
J. Robert Tracey was the embodiment of our Nation's freedom. His presence, volunteer activities, and speeches deeply reflected his witness to our nation's supreme sacrifice as well as his own love of our country. Bob Tracey was living history, fully committed to the ideals of our nation. It has been a privilege to have been in his presence.
Patriot September 27, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Beautifully written. Agree with you completely. Amen.
Kellette O'Connor Elliott September 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Mr. Tracey taught me to be a leader and role model in the community. He was a mentor to me. Even though I am 50+ years younger than him, he also treated me like a friend. He will be missed but his service will live on.
Lee Goldberg September 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Over the past few years I was fortunate enough meet Mr. Tracey and hear him speak at Memorial Day ceremonies held on The Green and recently at the Memorial Park dedicated in his name. I found his speeches to be filled with unbridled PATRIOTISM and PASSION and upon hearing his words I was left with lasting and postive impressions. It is my understanding that Mr. Tracey spent DECADES consistently visiting Veterans and offering aid and comfort at the Lyons VA Hospital. I'm positive there are many family and friends who will keep the memory of his deeds and words alive for years to come.
Marc Marowitz September 28, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Simply put Mr. Tracy is a man we should all aspire to. A wonderful human being Marc Marowitz Morristown Deli
Bob Lowenstein September 28, 2012 at 11:43 AM
What a loss. When we think of the Greatest Generation the picture of Mr. Tracy comes to mind. I met Mr Tracy many years ago when he served on the Christmas on the Green Committee. He was so important to bringing beauty and passion to every project he committed to in Morristown. I remember listening to him on WMTR when he spoke about Veterans Issues. He helped people regardless of their status in life, regardless of their religion, race or background. I remember that he was made a member of the Jewish War Vets. He made everyone feel important and special. A truly remarkable man. Last heard him at the Memorial Day event on the Morristown Green. My heart is heavy today. Thank you for being an example to those of us who admired you.
Wayne E. Zitkus September 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM
He gave so much of himself to the community, He'll be sorely missed.
Rio Clemente September 30, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I was totally shocked and dimmed about Bob's passing. He was a dear friend. He always called me whenever he was involved in some project for Veterans and ask me to perform Oct course which I honored and privileged to oblige him. Bob was also instrumental In my nomination for the Hall of Fame in the Morristown Post Office. My condolences to his family. HE WAS MR. MORRISTOWN!! GOD SPEED MY FRIEND..

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