With broken hearts, the family announces the tragic death of our dearly loved Kelly Michael McCracken.
He was the beloved husband of Melissa (Hoard) McCracken. Kelly also was dearly loved by his father, Bill; mother, Rose Marie; and his sister, Christy.
Kelly was born Dec. 28, 1971. He attended Port Arthur Collegiate Institute in Thunder Bay, Ont. and studied Travel and Tourism at Confederation College. He spent many years at Inter-City Ford but recently had joined his father in the family business at Thunder Bay Travel.
He truly had found his niche, enjoying each working day, learning the travel business, and his involvement with the staff.
Kelly’s father-in-law introduced him to fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed boating and riding his snowmachine. Kelly especially loved his family home at Surprise Lake.
He always looked forward to spending time at Nan’s and Grandma Jacino’s. A highlight in Kelly’s life was the “annual father and son fishing trip.”
Also mourning his passing are his stepmother, Norma, stepbrother, Craig, and stepsister, Carmen, and their families; grandmother, Mary (Nan) McCracken and Colomba Jacino; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Danila Hoard; sister-in-law, Tara Hoard; Melissa’s grandfather, Severino Piccinato of Fort Frances; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, dear friends, and colleagues.
Family and friends gathered at Corpus Christi R.C. Church on Wednesday, March 10, 1999 at 10 a.m. for Mass of the Resurrection, celebrated by Rev. Alan Campeau.
A private family interment was held at St. Andrew’s R.C. Cemetery.
The family received friends Tuesday, March 9, 1999 from 2-5 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel. Prayers were recited in Corpus Christi R.C. Church on Tuesday, March 9 at 8 p.m., with removal having been made to the church just prior to time of prayers.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Thunder Bay Regional Hospital-Acute Care Fund, or the Kelly McCracken Scholarship Fund at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
Kelly, you know I love you more than life itself and always will.
I will never forget your wonderful smile, your sense of humour or your constant care and concern for others.
Your leaving me has left a void that is unfillable.
In the little time we were married, I had never been happier and it saddens me that we were robbed of our happiness so soon.
You will remain in my heart forever
Until we meet again.
Love, Melissa