Tracey Dayle Godby
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Tracey Dayle Godby
  • October 17, 1973 - December 12, 2017
  • Midlothian, Virginia

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Godby, Tracey Dayle., 44, of Midlothian, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Tracey is survived by his wife, Jennifer Godby; parents,Terry and Carol; sister, Dana and her husband A.T. Weatherby; children Jack and Avery; and many friends and extended family. Faced with writing about this beloved and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend, my husband, and the love of my life, there are no words to convey what he meant to everyone who knew him. Born and raised in Chesterfield County, VA, he loved the Richmond area, and while he travelled often, he never saw fit to leave. He was an accomplished, yet humble, musician and skateboarder, and an avid sports fan who loved the Capitals, the Buccaneers, the Mountaineers, VCU, and the Orioles. A loyal employee, Tracey worked for "The Omni Hotel, Richmond", as he always called it, for more than 17 years. To say that his pre fatherhood days were exciting is likely an understatement, and one that I won't try to recount, as I was not there, but I know that his friends could fill volumes with their adventures.

Even though he lived more in the 33 years before his first child's birth than most would in 80 years, he really came into his own when he became a father to Jack Ernest, on June 28th, 2006, and then again to Avery Dayle on May 28th, 2016. He was able to keep his identity as a skater and shredder while fully embracing parenthood. Fatherhood was certainly his proudest accomplishment.

Tracey had to face his diagnosis of cancer just after Christmas of 2015. He fought hard, with the wonderful support of his family and friends, to first get to remission, and when he saw that would likely not happen, to regain the ability to eat and drink, to skateboard and swim, to simply do what he wanted to do, his freedom. Even when he knew that his freedom was not likely to come back, he fought to stay around for all of us, through pain and discomfort that we all likely cannot imagine. As one of his close friends said, he never gave up, his body did, and it did early Tuesday morning, December 12th, 2017. We could selfishly wish for more time with him, I certainly do, but we all know that his suffering is over. It is clear that he will live on in our hearts and memories, and perhaps we can try to keep some of his Positive Mental Attitude in our own lives.

Here are the lyrics to a song by Mike Love, not of Beach Boys fame, that gave him a lot of comfort during his battle with cancer. He is much more eloquent than I could ever be.

No Regrets

All this time will pass, into the past
So if you're happy, then make each moment last, don't hold nothing back
And if you're suffering, remember it won't last, get over it fast
Get back to living and giving Love

This life is just a test
I will remember, I will remember
This life ain't over yet
So please remember, not to forget

Newborn babies cry, their very first tears, they are so hopeful
Great grandfathers die, after many years, it is a circle
Teenagers find Love, then screw it all up
They are so fearful, yet somehow invincible

This life is not a curse
But there will be hard times, and it will get worse
But always do your best
And always remember that you are blessed

Everywhere you go, plant seeds, Love will grow
But remember who you are
And if you travel far, remember your heart is where your home is
So if you travel to the stars, remember your heart
And you won't be homeless or homesick at all

This life is just a test, with many failures and some success
But I will place my bets, and I will leave here with no regrets--
Jennifer Godby
English 08
Robious Middle School

A celebration of Tracey's life will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 11am at Huguenot Chapel Woody Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.woodyfuneralhome.com.