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88 East Main St.
Meriden, CT 06450
Phone: (203) 235-3338
Fax: (203) 686-1676
Catherine Tracy

Catherine P. "Cathy" Tracy

Wednesday, October 12th, 1960 - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
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Catherine Mary Piper Tracy, the loving daughter of Mary and the late Dale Piper died suddenly on May 8th. She was born 1960 in Meriden and resided there all her life, graduating from Platt High School.
Cathy’s passion was working with children and as a long-time employee of the YMCA, she taught PE at the parochial schools, lifeguarded and taught at indoor and outdoor pools and worked in the before- and after-school programs. A truly concerned teacher, she remembered and cherished her students. She was an accomplished athlete and participated in triathlons and many swim-a-thons, achieving over 7 miles in one of them.
An adoring mother she worked hard to provide for her sons. She looked forward to holiday planning and participation bringing her beautiful smile and exuberance (as well as gifts) to each one, Easter being her favorite. She was a beautiful, caring and kind mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and more.
Besides her mother, left to mourn are sons Dean Phillips and Jacob Tracy; granddaughter Carmen Phillips; sister, Jennifer (Stephen) Rochette; brother, Michael (Christina) Piper; nieces, Elizabeth, Catherine and Christina Piper. She was predeceased by her sister Carrie Piper.
We grieve for two people: the kind, energetic loving woman she had been and the woman who lost everything to depression and the opiate addiction she would never acknowledge.
Family and friends are invited to attend a service of remembrance in Cathy’s honor to be held on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden, CT, 06450. Burial will be private. Cathy’s family will be receiving friends from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness in her memory: If YOU need help call: National Drug Helpline 1-888-633-3239; National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255; in case of emergency call 911…so YOU can have a better outcome.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
    88 East Main Street
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 | 6:30pm
    Thursday, May 16th, 2019 6:30pm
    John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
    88 East Main Street
    MERIDEN, CT 06450
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  • Interment

    88 East Main St
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Elizabeth T. Greene

Posted at 09:48pm
I remember Cathy from the outdoor center. It was a pleasure watching her with her boys. She was always so proud of them and she would visit with me after her work outs in the pool and tell me what they were up to as they grew up. She trained hard and inspired us all. The children she worked with were blessed to have her as a teacher. I lost my younger brother to opiates. It takes a terrible toll and makes everyone who l oved them a victim too. I thank her family for speaking out and I wish you peace.

Carol Ann Keough, St. Mary Church, Meriden

Posted at 10:44am
To Cathy's Family:
We will always remember Cathy's many kindnesses to the children who were blessed to have her as a teacher. May she rest in peace, and may the good memories you share with Cathy bring you peace & comfort during the difficult days ahead. Cathy, and all of you, will be in my prayers.

Lisa Cochran

Posted at 02:06pm
I I would have to say surfer being the way she was in the end she still looked out for everybody anytime I needed help she was right there she helped me with party's she helped me cleaning up the DAV she would come to my house see my kids she stayed with me for a couple weeks we had a lot of conversations about the old times she still was a wonderful wonderful girl girl caring for everybody and I'm truly going to miss her knocking at my front door every other day

Sandy Cook

Posted at 07:24pm
Cathy, I will forever cherish our friendship and our memories. You were an incredible friend who left us much too soon. May you rest in the sweetest of peace.

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