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Harry McIntyre "Mac" Crooks, 93, of Fox Chapel, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 15, 2017, after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of 41 years to the late Jerilea Crooks. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Esther Crooks, and brother, William H. Crooks. He was the beloved brother of Mary Jane Rech, of Chatham, N.J.; and father of Diane Bogan (Jim), of New Kensington; and grandfather to Greg Bogan, of Virginia. He was a wonderful, caring and generous uncle to William (Donna Edmiston) Crooks Jr., Linda (Jerry) Ayres, Robert (Josephine) Crooks, Beverly (Michael Culpepper) Anderson, Gary (Maggie) Crooks, Susan (Marc Sarnow) Rech, Tim (Darla) Rech, Kimberly Rech Driscoll, and Peter Rech; loving "great-uncle" to Kyle, Nathaniel and Lily Sarnow, Taylor and Mackenzie Rech, Eliane and Thomas Driscoll, Michelle Rua, John and Rebe Ayres, Rebecca and Ted Dougherty, Bill and Shavonne Ayres, Robert J. Crooks, Kelley Anderson, Lauren (Reid) Brignac, Parker and Paxton Crooks and numerous great-great-nieces and nephews; special friend to neighbor, Greg Zoller, who watched out for him daily, and to many members of his wife Jeri's extended family. He was fondly called "Ace" by both friends and family due to his superior athletic ability both in high school and college. He graduated from Aspinwall High School and was a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Pittsburgh. He was employed by U.S. Steel for his entire career. Harry was a World War II veteran, having served in the Naval Air Corps. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, golf, going to his camp in Tidioute and was a huge fan of all Pittsburgh sports; but his first love was his family. He never forgot a birthday, Christmas or other holiday, and was always there to help in time of need. He was kind, generous and loving to everyone. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the THOMAS M. SMITH FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY LTD., 930 Center Ave., Blawnox, where family and friends will gather at 10 a.m. Tuesday, followed by funeral service at 11 a.m. at Aspinwall Presbyterian Church.
www.thomasmsmithfh.com.
Published in The Herald from Mar. 19 to Mar. 23, 2017
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