Eugene "Frank" Tracas
Eugene "Frank" Tracas passed away Sunday March 11, 2018. He was 92.
Mr. Tracas was born March 8, 1926, in Mishawaka, Indiana, to the late James and Rebecca Mouros Tracas. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, John and George; and sisters, Georgia, Freda, and Helen.
Frank is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Sam and Connie Tracas of Cleveland; granddaughter, Sheena Wright of Cleveland; brother Sam; and sister, Alice of California.
Frank was born March 8, 1926, in Mishawaka, Indiana, to Greek immigrant parents, his father from Tripoli, Greece, and his mother from Kalamata, Greece. He had three brothers and four sisters, and he was the sixth of eight children.
He continued to excel at school and was in the top 10 percent of his large graduating class at Mishawaka High School. He went through the Great Depression and worked at an early age. In junior high school he, with his younger brother Sam, worked for the City in the summers, riding their bikes and pulling a wagon to go to the City children's swimming pools, to drain the pools and use a large cleaning broom to sweep the bottom, then secured the place and continued to the next pool across town.
His other odd jobs included mowing the golfing green in nearby Michigan for a businessman, working in grocery stores, and finally in high school he worked as a janitor after school and all day Saturdays. During his junior year, he worked after school from 4 p.m. to midnight in a war production factory (U.S. Rubber and Woolen Mfg. Co.)
At the age of 18, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. The Navy sent him to Northwestern University, where he became qualified as a radioman, and was assigned to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington in the active war zones in the southwest Pacific and the Coast of Japan. His three brothers also served in WWII. Frank was present at the Japanese surrender ceremony at end of the war at Tokyo (as well as his brother, John, on the U.S.S. Independence).
Later, he attended the University of California in Berkeley, and worked four hours after school assembling professional camera stands. He married Jessie Waters, a pretty schoolteacher, at Gomer School in Suisun, California. He was the proud father of his son, Sam. Frank partnered with his wife Jessie and they opened two baby clothing stores in Northern California called "Sammy R's."
Frank was a member of First Methodist Church in Mishawaka, Indiana. He was an outstanding tennis player, enjoyed downhill snow skiing with his son, sports and ballroom dancing.
Frank loved his country. From a poor immigrant family, he demonstrated that you could work and get educated and become successful in life. He and his wife Jessie were role models for their son in practicing good citizenship. Frank is a member of "The Greatest Generation," who lived through the Great Depression and World War II.
The family will receive friends from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Barrett Funeral Home.
To share a memory of Mr. Tracas or send a condolence, please visit www.barrettfh.com.
Barrett Funeral Home of Cleveland was in charge of arrangements.
White County News - Cleveland, Georgia
March 15, 2018