A memorial service for Tracy Sugarman — the Westport illustrator, social justice activist, D-Day veteran and all-around good guy who died in January at 91, a month after publishing his 1st novel — is set for this Sunday (May 26), 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Church.
Tracy will be remembered as an artist, author, civil rights activist, documentary filmmaker, and brother, father and grandfather. Among the speakers: Charles McLaurin, the Mississippi civil rights leader who was a close friend.
Two days earlier — on Friday, May 24 (5-7 p.m.), the Westport Historical Society opens a summer-long exhibit. It explores Tracy Sugarman’s life and work, as a “citizen-artist.”
It’s appropriate that both events take place on Memorial Day weekend. Two years ago, Tracy — as proud of his military service as he was of his social activism — served as grand marshal of our parade.
Tracy once did a portrait of me, when I was about five or six years old. It has since disappeared and I am devastated! It was in my parents’ condo in Florida and nobody seems to know what happened to it after they passed. I cleaned out the condo and it wasn’t there. Who would want a portrait of me?