Mr. John L. “Johnel” Tracy, age 71, of Utica, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday June 5, 2019 at his home.
He was born in Bronx, NY on September 2, 1947 a son of the late John Earl and Elsie Sadie-Bell Tracy. He graduated with a BA Degree in Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He was also an ordained Minister and Deacon. He was married to Mary E. Tracy in NYC until her passing on April 2, 2017. Johnel was employed with the NYC Dept. of Education as a teacher. He then moved to Utica and taught middle school with the Utica City School District until his retirement. He was a board member of CABVI.
Surviving are his daughters Dr. Seanelle Hawkins and husband John of Rochester, Robin and Bidal Montalbo of TX, Donna and Abdul Rahman of Utica and April Wilson of Utica; beloved grandchildren Lanice Wilson, Alan Rahman, Kurtis Wilson, Nicole Rahman, Dajanee’ Hoyos, Marquez Montalbo, Darae Parrish, Amiah Tracy and Zoe Hawkins; two great grandchildren Dru and Ski; his brother James Tracy and two sisters Mary Mitchell and Mona DeFrietas and a host of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson David Rahman.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-6 pm at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home Inc. 1122 Culver Ave. Utica. Funeral services will be at the conclusion of visitation at 6:00 pm in the funeral home.