Farewell to The Geordie

THE local community radio DJ known as “The Geordie” has passed away after a short illness, aged 78. Known off-air as Spencer Tracy, he died in the Royal Hobart Hospital in the early hours of Monday this week.

Mr Tracy was associated with Tyga-FM from its earliest days and presented a rock and roll request show several days each week, often co-hosted with Janet Onn. He came to the local radio station after more than a decade with Hobart FM.

A painter and decorator by trade, he came to Australia from England in 1969, initially living in Sydney before moving to the Derwent Valley. He coached soccer at New Norfolk in the 1990s and was a sports writer for the Derwent Valley Gazette in those years.

Mr Tracy is survived by his wife Jackie, children Wesslyn and Fletcher, and grandson Hudson. A graveside funeral service will be held at Malbina Cemetery at 1pm on Tuesday, January 25. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ronald McDonald House would be appreciated and will be accepted at the service.

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