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McCRACKIN, Eugene “Gene” George

December 30, 1918 – Eugene, Oregon
October 14, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Eugene “Gene” George beloved husband of Bertha of Calgary went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, October 14, 2013 at the age of 94 years.

Eugene loved God, his family, his church and the many friends he met throughout his life. Gene was born in Eugene, Oregon on December 30, 1918, and settled with his family in Rimbey, AB in the early thirties. He lived on the McCrackin homestead in Rimbey before moving to Calgary, where he met and married Bertha Brown, his bride of seventy-one years.

Gene provided for his family through many facets of the sales industry, including Commercial Tire, Calgary Motor Products, and GSL Chev City. In addition, he was a marriage commissioner and facilitated many weddings in the Calgary area.

Gene and Bertie were long time members of First Church of the Nazarene and First Alliance Church.

Besides his loving wife Bertha, Gene is survived by son Dennis McCrackin (Bunnie); daughter Cecilia Grimstead (David); grandchildren, Lorri Faulder, Tyree McCrackin (Melissa), Karissa (Ryan) Boley, Selene Grimstead; and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Lois, along with many nieces and nephews. Gene is predeceased by sister Margaret and brother Harvey.

Funeral Services will be held at First Alliance Church (12345 – 40th Street S.E.) on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Samaritan’s Purse – Canada, 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5H5 Telephone 1 (800) 663-6500 Special thanks to caregivers at Sarcee Hospice.

In living memory of Eugene McCrackin, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Dr D K Ladell & Dorothy :

    Bertie and family: So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. He was VERY special to us, but only you and GOD
    will really know how special. We are so grarefull for the many times you included us in your family and
    lifetime celebrations. Our prayers are with you all.
    D K & Dorothy Ladell

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  2. Mark & Bette Harding :

    May the angels always be by your side, and your memories ease the pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Mark & Bette Harding

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  3. Hugh & Joan Gorman :

    Gene was a very dear friend and Christian brother who touched and blessed our lives every time we met. He sold me my first car when I came to Canada. Gene, We will meet you in the morning over there! Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family
    Hugh & Joan Gorman

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  4. I’m very saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. McCrackin. I had the honour of him to perform our wedding way back in 1987. I had the opportunity to meet him again a few times last year at the store where I worked and would take time to sit and enjoy his visits and conversations. He was a gentleman who loved his family and enjoyed what he did. My most sincere condolences to his wife and family.

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  5. Gordon Stewart :


    It has been a long time since the old IVCF days. We have only been back in Calgary a few years but wanted to pass along our condolences to you and your family.

    Gord Stewart

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  6. Ken and Darlene Fach :

    Many memories of bygone days with the McCrackin family. Remembering the fun times on Penticton Beach along with my parents (Doerksens), and Rumrills.
    Eugene sold Ken his buick away back in the ’60’s.
    And Bertie I still fry eggs the way I saw you do it years ago when we were camping together.
    We have not connected for many years – but the memories are still there and we share in your loss.

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  7. Ralph and Gwen Hodgins :

    While we are unable to attend tomorrows service for Eugene, we know there will be many wonderful memories that will be shared by family and friends. My parents certainly enjoyed the friendship they had with Bertie and Eugene. I have many wonderful memories as well including those special times we had growing up in the church. May the service be a blessing to Bertie, Dennis and Cecilia and families, and may the memories that you have sustain you in the months ahead. Blessings on you all at this time of grieving.

    With our love and sympathy
    Ralph and Gwen Hodgins

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  8. My deepest sympathy to Bertha. I will miss seeing Gene. even though we met only at tax time, I will miss his bright smile and gentle way he had with dealing with any problems.

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