Brian Joseph McCrink

On June 24,1938 a 450 plus tonne meteorite exploded twelve miles above Chicora, Pennsylvania. It provided an amazing light and sound show for miles around. There were two people who didn’t even notice, Patrick McCrink Sr. and Mary Murphy McCrink, welcomed a son into the world that day. Brian Joseph McCrink joined his Scotch-Irish family in Manhattan, New York.
Brian grew up attending private Catholic schools in Midtown Manhattan with his brother Paddy. He spent one year at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania then decided to join the Army.
In 1960 he was stationed in Olathe, Kansas. There he fell in love with both Kansas and truck driving. After two years he left the army and started on a career on the road. He drove for several companies but was with Roadway the longest. He also did some substitute teaching at a few local schools and many of his former students remember him fondly. He retired from driving in 1998.
For Brian, retirement did not mean retreating to a rocking chair. He was a man of many interests. He enjoyed having horses and especially loved Palominos. He played tennis and racket ball with talent and his own special “zeal”. He loved going to movies and collecting cars, especially VW Bugs. He loved ice cream and the corner piece of birthday cake (more frosting). He watched old westerns and read mystery books. He loved listening to Celtic music, telling people what to do and often being right. Most of all, he loved being a Grandpa.
He was a cancer survivor and volunteered for Cancer Action for many years, driving patients to chemo and radiation treatments. He delivered food to the 1st Christian Church food pantry in Olathe for five years. He picked up food at Harvesters and also picked up bread at local stores and bakeries that he delivered for people in need. He did this strenuous work until he was physically unable to do it.
In 2012 he received the United Way Volunteer of the Year for Wyandotte County. Brian passed away, quietly in his home, on February 23, 2014.
He leaves Kathy, his wife of 35 years. His children, Donna, Liz, John, Tara and Kevin and his grandchildren, Will, Chris, Patrick, Michael and Anthony. Plus, the countless others that were touched by his love, generosity and infectious smile.
He is preceded in death by his mother, father, brother Paddy and his son Brian Jr.
His life will be celebrated at a memorial service on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.
Visitation will be at 6:oopm and the service will follow at 7:00pm. A dessert reception will follow the service.
Christ First Ministries 209 Neconi (corner of Neconi and Insley) Bonner Springs, KS.
Donations in Brian’s name can be made to Vaughn-Trent Community Services, in care of the Alden-Harrington Funeral Home
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