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Honoring Tracy Sugarman — Twice

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 Sugarman

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.

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