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Born: Jun 25, 1973

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2019

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June 25, 1973 - August 4, 2019

Our Samuel Corey McCracken has passed, and how the rest of world did not pause to catch its breath, we will never understand.
Corey lived each day with humour, humility and love. He lived with ALS for three years; he was never dying from ALS. At the young age of 46, Corey passed peacefully away on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon holding his beloved wife's hand with his two little boys' blond heads tucked into his arm. It was a wonderful way to live; it was a good way to die.
His path was to be a carpenter, a husband and a dad. And that was exactly what he set out to do. After finishing his Red River College Carpentry evening classes, he started his own side business called Bark Carpentry. Corey could build anything. He was an amazing carpenter who was happiest when he had a project on the go with all his tools scattered about. He found joy in the creation and the lasting results from his work.
After he married the love of his life Stacey, they went on to have two beautiful little boys, Cohen and Theo. Watching his boys grow was truly his most beloved pastime. Taking them to hockey, soccer or just friends' houses was never a chore. He loved his life, and was ferocious about trying to be there for his children. To be present, to be aware, and to be loving was his daily promise to his boys. He never cried about the plight of his disease except when he spoke about a future where his Cohen and Theo did not have their dad.
When Corey knew his time was short on this earth, he had his boys cuddle up to him and quietly told them, "You are all I ever wanted."
Along with his wife and children, Corey also leaves to mourn his father Maurice McCracken (Brynne Wilde); his mother Wendy Elliott; Aunt Brenda Elliott; Uncle Paul McCracken; in-laws, Alvin and Joann Semenek; and beloved nephew Fredrich McCracken.
Thank you to everyone who continued to come, visit and reach out throughout Corey's ALS fight. To our wonderful "hockey family", thank you for always making sure we were included in every activity. A special hug goes to Des for always finding a way to bring Corey into the fold. To Corey's core group of friends (especially Curtis, Rod and Kasia), thank you for always coming by, even when it was not easy. Hugs to Gabe for the much needed movie nights out, Brayden for the heartfelt chats, and to Bill for always finding a way to show you care. An extra special thanks to the Hoeppners for, well, everything.
Thank you to our amazing home care staff, especially Victor and Ruk, who loved and cared for us as if we were your own family. Thank you to the ALS Society of Manitoba for resources and guidance. Thank you to the amazing staff at Deer Lodge Motor Neuron Clinic. Dr. Andrew Dyck, Dr. Giannouli, et al. (with a special note of thanks to our respiratory therapist Alanna for going above and beyond). Heartfelt thanks to the tireless, wonderful, just good human Dr. Bruce Martin, our darling beloved nurse Lisa, and the palliative care team for finding a way to keep Corey at home and giving us these wonderful last months of more happy than sad memories.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Deer Lodge Foundation, or Kids Sport Canada in Corey's name.
A private Celebration of Life will take place at a later date for close friends and family. Please contact the family for details.
Corey was awesome, he was loved, and he will live on in our hearts.

"Find me, always find me, because when you look to the sky, or kneel to the ground, I am there. I am everywhere your heart beats. Because where go you, go I."

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 10, 2019

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Stacey and family, words cant express how sad we are for you. Yes Corey has left you with many happy memories but unfortunately those memories have come to a sudden end. We marvelled at how you included him at the hockey arenas. You proved all things are possible Thoughts and prayers - Posted by: Abe and Lois Penner (Hockey Team Grandparents) on: Aug 23, 2019

  • Our sincere condolences to Wendy and all of Corey’s family on your great loss of this good man. Thinking of you. - Posted by: Richard & Karen Howell (Friends of Mom, Wendy) on: Aug 14, 2019

  • I'm so sorry that Corey's family has lost this fine man. I haven't seen him since he was a little boy, dancing up a storm with Aunt Brenda on an NDP fund-raiser Red River cruise, but I've heard stories of him through Brenda since then. My sincere sympathy to your whole family. - Posted by: Dorothea Hudec (Friend of Brenda Elliott) on: Aug 13, 2019

  • Maurice, so sorry to hear this news. Our deepest condolences to you and all of Corey’s loved ones. He sounds like a special man. - Posted by: Janice (Ash) and Bob Thompson (Cousin) on: Aug 12, 2019

  • To Wendy: our sincere condolences to you. Just letting you know we are thinking of you at this sad time. Brian and Dorothy. To Stacey and Boys: deepest sympathy to you all. Brian (cousin to Wendy) and Dorothy Robertson. - Posted by: Brian and Dorothy Robertson (Cousin) on: Aug 12, 2019

  • Stacey & family, So sorry to hear of Corey's passing. We hope the wonderful memories you've made as a family give you some comfort at this time. You have our deepest sympathies, Wayne & Gail - Posted by: Wayne and Gail Atamanchuk (Friend) on: Aug 12, 2019

  • To Maurice and all Corey’s family, I’m so sorry to learn of Corey’s passing. In reading his obituary I realize he was a very special person and your loss is huge. May your precious memories of him sustain you and bring you comfort and peace. David Ash and I stay in touch and when he visited me in St. John’s this summer he told me of Corey’s struggle with ALS. I heard from him today with this news and he sent me the link to the obituary. My thoughts are with you all and may Corey RIP. Sincerely Betty (Aunt Gen’s daughter) - Posted by: Betty Seaward nee Miller (Cousin (first cousin to Corey’s dad)) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • Maurice and family. Patty and I are saddened to hear of Corey's passing. Please accept our condolences and know that you are all in our thoughts. Hugs to All - Posted by: David and Patty Ash (Relative) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • It’s been said that if you can count a handful of true friends in your lifetime you are truly fortunate. I must be one of the luckiest girls in the world. No matter where I was in the world, or how much time went by because life got in the way my very dear friend Corey would pick up where we left off. Corey will always remain in my heart as one of the most genuine souls I have ever encountered in this lifetime. To think he moved across the street from me when he was 3! Even though he always invited me to his house on Saturday mornings as he knew I would clean his room and then get in trouble with his mom for doing so! Oh well! It meant Corey, Rod and I could go outside faster and get on with more important things! He was kind and funny with the biggest heart! I loved how he could never get a tan and was covered in freckles and had the best cow lick! My favorite thing about Corey was the man he became. He loved his girl (Stacey) and his boys (Cohen and Theo) like no other. Corey was an outstanding father and was so fortunate to have met the most amazing girl! As sad and heartbroken that his smile isn’t here to grace us. I’m just so over the moon that his life was filled with so much love and great care. He fought so hard! You will be so missed but know you left a mark on this world! When I think of you I think of happiness and all that is good! I think of your super hero wife and those incredible boys. Until we meet again. Like the last time I was able to look into those great blue eyes fella” thank you for being my friend. I love you Corey”. - Posted by: Kasia Ambeau (Family ) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences to you Stacey, Chohen, Thio, mother-in-law Joann, father-in-law Alvin, brother-in-law Randy (Amber) niece Nataliya, nephew Max Semenek. May you find peace and comfort knowing you are not alone. - Posted by: Monique Smith (Aunt & uncle to Stacey's brother Randy (Amber Hancharek) Semenek) on: Aug 11, 2019

  • My little story about Corey, I haven't know him a great deal of time but I do feel I have known him my whole life. Corey was the kind of man, father, husband, friend, "brother" that any person would love to have and or have known in their life. Corey took me to my first ever Blue Bomber game and at that moment I felt the love and compassion with the sport and team as much as he was. I will always say I'm a better man for having Corey in my life. RIP Brother till we meet again and have a drink watching the game.. - Posted by: Dave Fontaine (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2019

  • The world has lost a great man, Corey helped to keep me on the good path in life with his work at Macdonald youth services. I will be forever grateful. - Posted by: Daryk Mcrae (Old friend) on: Aug 10, 2019

  • I met Corey by chance at a daycare board meeting. We bonded over our love of the snack table and desire to go home. Meeting Corey was like reuniting with a friend I hadn’t seen in years. Our friendship was instant and only grew with time. Corey gave me a new village, unconditional acceptance and a friendship that expected nothing from just was and will always be. I remember the moment he told me he was sick, the moment he chose not give up. I’m still in awe of his strength and devotion to his family. I miss my friend every moment. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for modelling what an amazing husband and father looks like. Thank you for never giving up, never losing your spirit and always being true to your family. “It’s been a long day without you, my friend and I’ll tell you all about it when I see you again” My most heartfelt condolences to Stacey, Cohen and Theo. My thoughts are with you. I stand beside you always❤️ - Posted by: Natalie (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2019

  • Dear Stacey, Cohen and Theo & Family, our hearts ache for your loss! Please know that our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family on the passing of Corey. He is now your forever Angel! With deepest sympathy, Bruce and Janet Anderson - Posted by: Bruce and Janet Anderson (Friends) on: Aug 10, 2019

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