Wednesday, August 18, 2021
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
Thursday, August 19, 2021
10:30 AM EDT
St. Valentine's Catholic Church
14841 Beech Daly
Redford Township, MI 48239
At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.
Life Story / Obituary
There is no doubt that Charles Tracey loved his family. A wonderful husband and grandfather, he leaves behind a beautiful example of living life to the fullest and giving selflessly to the community he so loved. He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Charles’ story begins in the midst of the 1930s when the nation was bouncing back from tough economic times. His parents welcomed his arrival on July 28, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan. Born the only child to hard working parents, his birth brought great joy and happiness into the family home.
Charles lived a typical childhood of those who grew up during WWII. His family had to learn to be sufficient in their resources and worked hard to provide for him during his growing years. He was an active child and loved to spend time outdoors. Once he was involved in school, Charles took his studies very seriously and held a strong work ethic. He thrived at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. During his time at U of D High he spent much of his time studying towards his medical goals. Not one for social outings, he would study for hours in pursuit of his lofty goals often not joining in school events. After he graduated with the Class of 1954, he set off to attend dental school. Successful throughout his college years, he was extremely proud to graduate and begin a career as a dentist as well as teaching dental school in the mid-sixties. Over the course of his career, he helped to establish a wide variety of community relationships and made many lasting friendships. Whatever he set his mind to doing, Charles never settled for less than his very best.
With his main focus on achieving his dreams and advancing in his career, Charles didn’t fall in love until later in life. He was elated when he found his match as they were truly soulmates. Deeply in love, they joined in marriage. They shared many happy family memories during their life together. He always stressed the importance of treating others the way you want to be treated and living a life of faith. Later in life, he relished in his role as a grandpa and great-grandpa! He especially enjoyed his close connection with his granddaughter and two great-grandsons. Nothing made his heart happier than to share in their many successes over the years.
Remarkably talented in his field it was hard to believe that Charles found much time for himself over the years, yet he did have many special interests. He especially enjoyed spending the winters in his Florida condominium overlooking all the boats going by in the Atlantic Ocean. An avid golfer, Charles never missed an opportunity to attend the Masters golf tournament for more than seventeen years in a row! He loved the action and rubbing elbows with promising players coming up in the sport. He loved to spend time traveling as well as being with his extended family and recently had a family trip planned for Florida in March 2022. Any amount of time they were together, he was filled with joy!
Even though he was an outstanding dentist, he never passed up a bowl of his favorite chocolate ice cream after dinner! Described as intelligent, genuine, and a loyal friend to many, Charles will be deeply missed by the countless lives he touched over the years. Dedicated, driven, and compassionate toward others, may his memories live on in the hearts of his loving family and special friends for generations to come.
Charles C. Tracey, D.D.S., age 85, of Plymouth, Michigan, passed away on August 10, 2021. Beloved husband of Shirley. Proud grandfather and great-grandfather of many. He was a remarkable dentist and facial surgeon in the Livonia area. A visitation is planned for Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 4:00-8:00 PM at Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes in Livonia, West of Middle B0elt with a Rosary at 7 PM. The funeral service is planned for Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 10:30 AM at St. Valentine's Catholic Church in Redford Township. At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to the Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Great Lakes Chapter or St. Jude’s Research Hospital.