McCracken, Norman

Major Norman McCracken (then Lieutenant in 1960)

Major Norman Timothy John McCracken CD. 
August 18, 1932 – February 1, 2021

Canada lost another Canadian Veteran, as Norm left this world on February 1, 2021 for a journey to “meet his maker” in his 89th year after a courageous battle with numerous issues, especially Pulmonary Fibrosis, COPD and Congestive Heart Failure. After 32 years together, his final moments were spent with his loving wife Trish. Due to the Covid 19 crisis, his 88th was celebrated quietly in August 2020 with his wife and siblings. He took pride in his three siblings living past 80 years of age.

Norm graduated from Northern Secondary School and the University of Toronto. His career took him to working for the Nipissing and Toronto District School Boards. He was born in Toronto and lived also in North Bay, Washago and Orillia.

His army career started in 1947 when he was 14 years old and he spent his summer at the Royal Canadian Army Cadets Camp in Ipperwash. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in 1949 and rose through the ranks to become a major in 1966. He spent a lot of hours at the Moss Park Armoury on the Parade Square.

Norm leaves behind many friends. He was an active community volunteer in a wide range of service. Some knew him from his volunteer leadership of the Young Adult Group at Yonge St United Church, some because he was a founding member of the 4S Club at Yonge St United Church, some because he was a President of the the Ontario School Counsellors’ Association, some because he represented the QOR for over 20 years on the National Council of Veterans Associations, some because he was a two term President of the QORC Association, some because they were teaching colleagues, some because they were students at Park Public School (now Nelson Mandela), Glenview Sr. PS, or Chippewa Secondary School; some because they were fellow members of the Masonic Lodge (North Bay #617), the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, and the Royal Canadian Legion (Branches 344 and 34), some because he participated as an actor in community theatre, some because he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma, and others because he played hockey and other sports.

Even when life was tough Norm was positive. He will be sadly missed by his family (including children Tim, Belinda and Todd and numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces), his QOR family and his many friends. We will remember him!

"In Pace Paratus – In Peace Prepared"