On the night of Feb. 20, 2003, East Greenwich’s Tracy King was working as a bouncer at the Station Nightclub for the Great White concert, escorting around WPRI-TV cameraman Brian Butler for him to get video of the show.
In the nine years since the tragic fire that claimed Tracy, 38, and 99 others at the Station, Evelyn King – Tracy’s wife – and her children have been taking things one step at a time and one day at a time to try and progress through life without him, with some days being naturally better than others.
In contrast to the hundreds of friends and family members of the victims who visit the lot on Cowesett Ave. that’s decorated with makeshift crosses and markers for each person lost from the fire on the anniversary, the King family opts not to visit the area where the Station once stood to remember Tracy.
Instead of being remembered as a victim of the Station fire, the family wants to think fondly of the person that became known to many around the world as “Canoe Man.”
For more on this story, read all about it in the Feb. 23 edition of The East Greenwich Pendulum.