Charles E. Tracy, advertising firm owner

Charles Edward Tracy Sr., a retired advertising executive, died Dec. 6 of complications following surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Towson resident was 88.

Mr. Tracy was born in Baltimore and raised on Southwest Baltimore's Lemmon Street. Family members said he had vivid memories of the 1930s Depression. He recalled that his father lost his job as a United Railways streetcar conductor and was forced to sell snowballs to support his family.

Mr. Tracy's first job as a teen was riding his bike through the neighborhoods of Baltimore, locating vacant houses for a local real estate broker.

He was a 1941 City College graduate and enlisted in the Army Air Forces, where he served as a tail gunner.

After the war he became a Baltimore News-Post advertising salesman. He later founded Charles Tracy Advertising in Towson and represented car dealerships and businesses. After he retired about 20 years ago, he sold ads part time for area newspapers.

Mr. Tracy served seven terms as president of the Mount Washington Club. He enjoyed dancing, reading, travel and time spent with his family.

Private graveside services are planned.

Survivors include his partner, Emma Jean Seabrooks; a son, Charles "Chuck" Tracy of Jarrettsville; his daughter, Susan Tracy Boyd of Ellicott City; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. His wife of 48 years, Mable Jones, died in 2002.

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