Lieutenant-colonel Angus Warner Tracy (1870-1932) :
Policeman, Veterinarian, Municipal Meat Inspector and Veteran of the Boer War and of WW I
Since 1953, a little known Sherbrooke street facing Jacques-cartier Park is named for the City’s first meat inspector and veteran veterinarian from of two wars.
Angus Warner Tracy was born in Granby, September 7, 1870. He was the son of Johanna Neil (1835-1889) and of Seth W. Tracy (1832-1889). They married in Granby, January 1st, 1859. Angus studied at Granby High School. In 1893, he completed his degree as a veterinarian at Mcgill University. He was then a policeman with the North West Mounted Police in Edmonton until he came to settle Sherbrooke in 1902.
On January 6, 1900, in Regina, he had volunteered to fight in the Boer War in the Province of Transvaal, South Africa. He served with the Canadian Mounted Rifles within the Canadian Special Service Forces, for which he was awarded the Queen’s Medal.
In Sherbrooke in 1903, he married Grace Lucille Walley (1877-1959) with whom he had two sons, born in Sherbrooke : Norman Warner (1904-1974) and Angus Neil (1905-1986). The family had their home on Stanley Street and then on Portland Boulevard. From 1908 to 1932, Angus was the first and only meat municipal inspector of the City. He first had his office in the yard of the Albion Hotel, at the southwest corner of Wellington South and King West streets. In 1912, he moved his office across the street, on the site where now stands the Café Bla-bla. At last, between 1918 and 1922, the office moved to King Street West, in the building of jeweler O. Gendron, where Nicolas Scheib had his shoe store and where is now the bar Le Tapageur.
For over 20 years, Angus Warner Tracy took part in events of the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps. During all of WW I, from 1914 to 1918, he was the commanding officer of this unit, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Tracy died in Sherbrooke, October 25, 1932. His funeral was held in Trinity United Church. He is buried with his wife in Elmwood Cemetery. His wife had kept living until her death with her two sons in the family home on Portland Boulevard.
A military veterinarian of WW I (Canadian War Museum)