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Raymond “Ray” William McCreanor

January 27, 1942 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Raymond “Ray” McCreanor Obituary

Raymond William McCreanor, aka “Ray Mack,” 81, of Jacksonville, FL, entered eternal peace surrounded by his loved ones on December 15, 2023. He was born on January 27, 1942, in Warren, OH to Frank L. and Frances (Skrobut) McCreanor. He is survived by: children, Jacqueline (Christian) Cook, Michelle “Shelley” McCreanor, Jason McCreanor (Brandy); grandchildren, Riley McCreanor, Kaleigh Hobbs; sister, Donna Ruttan; “forever friend” Carlene Phelps; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved “granddog” Shelby. He was preceded in death by: father, Frank McCreanor; mother, Frances McCreanor; and brother, Ronald McCreanor.

Ray Mack began his radio career in the early 60s while serving in the Marine Corps. His dream of becoming a radio personality came to fruition through jobs at: WOKA in Douglas, GA; WAKR in Akron, OH, WAYS in Charlotte, NC, and WPDQ in Jacksonville, FL. He went on to enjoy much success as General Sales Manager at WAPE in Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, he established the “Be Fabulous” brand of motivational seminars and promoted his “Team Office Concept” at nationwide chiropractic conferences. During semi-retirement, he launched “Ray’s Daily Deals” which aired on The Bargain Channel in Jacksonville, FL and Southeast Georgia. He also created the website www.raysdailydeals.com. 

After 60+ years of writing, Ray published his book, “My Life is a Rock and Roll Song…ready to be sung!” just months before his death. It is a tribute to his life and available on Amazon.com and other venues. In his words, “Some parts of the book are based on my life and others are based on my vivid imagination.” Nevertheless, at the heart of it all, Ray wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. He achieved this goal by: serving his country; volunteering in his church community; communicating with his “on-the-air” audience; selling advertising; offering wisdom in motivational seminars; sharing life lessons in his book; and simply dancing in the aisles and talking to people in the grocery store! Among Ray’s most prized accomplishments were: graduating with honors in 1959 from Champion High School; serving in the Marine Corps; earning his Master of Arts in Radio Management from Kent State University; enjoying a rewarding career in his chosen field; and being “Dad” to three successful adult children.

Ray (Dad, Daddio, Grampsy, Big Ray, Uncle Ray, Bro) was “one of a kind.” He left a lasting impression wherever he went and with whomever he encountered. His big personality, zeal for life, and trademark comebacks like: “If I was any better I couldn’t stand myself!” and “In a hundred years what difference will it make?” are among the many things for which he will be remembered. Underneath Ray’s “fun-loving” exterior was a tender-hearted man who thought deeply about life. He had strong faith in God and a personal practice of prayer. He had a penchant for inspirational movies and was known—by those closest to him—to get emotional at the drop of a hat. He was a generous gift-giver who never forgot your birthday and the joyful spear-header of holiday and milestone celebrations. In his latter years, Ray cherished time with family and his “forever friend” —in person or by phone—above all. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him best and loved him most.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Haven Hospice in Gainesville, FL. Thank you for providing our Dad/Grampsy a graceful transition to heaven and a peaceful setting for us to say our goodbyes in his final hours. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 11:00 AM at Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home, 529 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073 with Fr. Donal Sullivan of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ray’s memory to The American Heart Association at https://www.heart.org or PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692 / 1-800-242-8721. 

Services in the care of Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home.

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Visitation
Friday
March 1, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home and Cremation Services
529 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073
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Memorial Service
Friday
March 1, 2024

11:00 AM
Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home and Cremation Services
529 Kingsley Avenue
Orange Park, FL 32073
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