Robert McCracken

Obituary of Robert McCracken

McCracken Robert Dean “Bob”

91 years, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2022 at Erie Shores Hospice in Leamington. Dear husband of Shirley (Nelson) for 69 years. Dear father of Jim (Denise), the late Douglas (1993) and the late Richard (2017) and his wife Jo Ann (Srigley). Proud grandfather of Luke (Judy), Jerome (Madeline), Stephanie (Blair), Jesse, Nick (Kristie), Kyle (Holley), Victoria (Josh), Tammy, Doug (Lisa), Will (Stacy), Dan (Cassandra), Jill (Justin), Brittany (Chris), 16 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Harold and his wife Audrey and sister Velma McIntosh and her husband Don. Brother-in-law of Douglas Nelson (late Marion), Marj Nussey and her husband Howard, Bev Bryan and her husband Lyle. Special uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Bob lived his whole life and farmed on the family farm where he was born. Bob also retired from Union Water System. He was a proud historian and co-author of two books with Dorothy St. John. He belonged to the Leamington Mersea Historical Society, Comber Historical Society, and Essex County Steam & Gas Museum. He spent many hours going to fairs and shows with his cider press and rope maker to teach children about the pioneer days, and he also demonstrated pioneer artifacts in schools. Bob was most proud of the stagecoaches and prairie schooner he built and with which he participated in parades with his grandchildren. He enjoyed wood working and operating his sawmill for many years. Auction sales and coffee shops were his passions and where he would visit with his friends. He was truly proud of teaching and mentoring his grandchildren. Bob was voted Citizen of the Year in Leamington in 2009. Visiting at Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell St., Leamington (519-326-2631) on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 from 2 pm to 4 pm and from 6 pm until time of Memorial Service to Celebrate Bob’s life at 8pm. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Leamington District Historical Society or Comber & District Historical Society Museum or a charity of your choice would be appreciated. Family and friends are invited to share their words of comfort and remembrances at www.reidfuneralhome.ca 

Wednesday
9
March

Visitation 1

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday
9
March

Visitation 2

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday
9
March

Service Information

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre
14 Russell Street
Leamington, Ontario, Canada