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J. Tracy Hermann

James Tracy Hermann of Poughkeepsie, New York, born on October 5, 1963, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on March 3, 2016. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, the second child of the late James Tracy and Sharon Hermann, Tracy grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky. He received his B.A. from Western Kentucky University in Journalism and pursued a career in publishing. On November 13, 2004, Tracy married his beloved husband Matthew McNamara. In 2006, they adopted their beloved daughter Roxanne. Tracy and his family moved to the New York area in 2009 where he began his political career with the Democratic Party while pursuing his Master’s Degree at Marist College in Public Administration. He became a small business owner, an adjunct professor at Marist College, and most recently was named the Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center in Kingston, New York. Tracy was a very active and generous member of the Christ Episcopal Church.

In 2013, Tracy was elected to the Common Council of Poughkeepsie representing the 8th Ward and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2015. “Tracy was a dedicated public servant whose passion for the city showed through in everything he did and in return was beloved by the city of Poughkeepsie,” Mayor Robert Rollison said. “I was proud to serve and work alongside Tracy, but was prouder to call him my friend.”

Tracy is remembered for his wonderful southern charm and warmth. He worked tirelessly in the community for LGBTQ issues.

Tracy is survived by his loving husband Matthew McNamara and daughter Roxanne Hermann-McNamara. He is also survived by his sister Christina Smith, and brothers Jonathan and Brett Hermann.