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OBITUARY: Ronald Neil McCracken

HAMLET — Ronald “Ron” Neil McCracken, 76, of Hamlet, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

Ron was born May 15, 1946 in New London, Connecticut, to the late Lawrence Neil McCracken and the late Clara Agnes Church McCracken.

He is survived by his loving wife of almost 57 years, Patricia Costello McCracken; son, Ramon McCracken; daughter, Rhonda O’Brien (Tim); granddaughters, Samantha Lauer (Nathan) and Macie O’Brien; his brother, Larry; and his sweet dog, Molly.

Ron met Patricia in Groton, Connecticut, at the age of 17, and they married three years later. His career took them to California, Virginia, and finally to Florida where he retired and then relocated to North Carolina. Known by his close friends as “Captain Ron,” he loved saltwater fishing and being out on the water. Not one to remain idle for long, he also loved working with his hands and would rebuild motors and restore cars, trucks, and tractors in his free time.

While he wasn’t a big talker, he was one of the most hilarious people you would ever meet. From calling his wife “Boss” to making silly faces any time you tried to take a photo, he was always making the people around him smile. He was always a kind and a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He brought joy to their lives that they will cherish forever. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.


At this time, no local services are planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Reid Heart Center c/o FirstHealth Foundation, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or online at firsthealth.org/foundation-of-firsthealth/make-a-donation.

Online condolences may be made at bolesfuneralhome.com.

Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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