George Michael McCracken, 64, of Potter Township, passed away, unexpectedly, on May 1, 2023. George was born on October 19, 1958, to Frank and Mary (Hughes) McCracken of Center Township. George spent his youth helping maintain the family farm and, until his death, reminisced about the peace he found in nature and his love of his childhood home. George grew up with a deep love of hunting, fishing, the Pittsburgh Steelers, classic rock music, and motorcycles.
George graduated from Quigley High School in 1976 and eventually became a proud, lifelong member of IBEW Local Union 712. Eventually, George earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University and continued working as a union electrical engineer until his retirement. George had an unrivaled work ethic and believed, passionately, in the strength of unions.
In 1978 he married his love, Diane Y. (Miles) McCracken and they built a family with their three children Brad, Pamela, and Kari. George could fix just about anything and was the unofficial master of life hacks. From bathroom light timers to custom outdoor drink holders, George could devise a plan to solve any problem. His ingenuity was something to be marveled.
Although he faced many health challenges, George was always willing to put himself second to family or friends, who needed a hand. He rarely complained despite experiencing unrelenting pain. He regularly attended Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church (Racoon Twp) and proclaimed his faith in Jesus. He was a passionate Harley Davidson motorcycle rider and one of his favorite pastimes was going on long rides with his wife. George also adored his four grandchildren and was, perhaps, the best Pap in the entire world.
George was proceeded in death by his sister, Lorie (McCracken) Liberati and his in-laws, Bud and Rose Miles. Left to mourn deeply are his wife of 44 years Diane; children Brad (Malarie) McCracken, Pamela (Jason) McDonald and Kari (Nevin) McCracken; parents Frank and Mary, brother Frank Jr (Diane) and sister DeAnna (Anup). He is also survived by a special brother-in-law Butch (Shirley) Miles, nieces, nephews, and countless lifelong friends. He will be profoundly missed by his grandchildren Grace, Anne-Kathryn, Magdalyn, and Michael McDonald; and, finally, his special dog, Aoife.
On George’s behalf, the family would like to thank the outpouring of love and prayers they have received. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Friends and family will be received on Thursday, May 4th, from 3pm until the time of the service at 7pm at SIMPSON FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 1119 Washington Avenue, Monaca, PA 15061 Washington Avenue, Monaca.
THE FAMILY IS REQUESTING MASKS BE WORN.