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Dark Ending

Bill produced fewer rides in the early 1970s and had some financially disappointing years. His last known project was Whacky Shack at Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, Kansas, which opened in 1974. Bill Tracy, also known as the “Chill Man” of America, died on August 22, 1974, at the age of 58. He last lived at 543-A Wilson Drive, located in Cape May, New Jersey and died in Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, located in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. Bill died of complications associated with heart disease and funeral arrangements were made by the John C. Sudak Funeral Home of Cape May. No funeral service or viewing was held as Bill Tracy was cremated. His family requested that expressions of sympathy be donated to the Lower Township Rescue Squad in his memory. “W Tracy,” as he signed his name, had contracted his final dark attraction.

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