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Tracy "Murphy" Francis McCraken,45, died suddenly on Saturday, July 5. Murphy was a creative, loving soul who was a revered fixture at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and had a successful leather and woodworking business. He befriended everyone he met and brightened the lives of those he touched. Murphy was preceded in death by his mother and father, Joan Barry Berger McCraken and Harold Tracy McCraken; brother Daniel Berger; and sister Kathleen Berger Kinkaid Dean. He leaves behind his sisters Donna Berger Levy, Mary Berger Conn, Eleanor Berger Morgan, Peggy McCraken Bentley, Harriet McCraken Galishus, and Terese McCraken; brothers Michael Berger, and Matthew Berger; soul mate Giselle Ballad, her daughter Samantha Carr; and a large extended family. A public celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, July 12 at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, Ltd., 101 Park Place (Route 176, one block east of Milwaukee Ave.), Libertyville, IL. Visitation is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a short Celtic service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the care of Samantha Carr. "Rather than mourn the absence of the flame, let us celebrate how brightly it burned." Funeral info, 847-362-2626. Please sign the guestbook at

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Published in Daily Herald from Jul. 10 to Jul. 11, 2014.
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August 2, 2014
Murphy you were a great man that will be missed terribly....R.I.P..... My thought and prayers to Gigi and Sam....
July 14, 2014
Sam, Giselle and family, Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. You are in thoughts.
Mrs. M Bidlack
July 14, 2014
Giselle and Samantha, you and Murphy's family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your loss.
Mrs. D Moczalla
July 13, 2014
We first met Murph when he was about 4 years old I think. Murph you were a cute little guy and you grew and everyone loved you. Gigi, Sam, Susie, Matt, & the Berger family, the McCraken family - the entire Walters family is keeping you in our hearts. RIP Murph.
Karen Garnica
July 12, 2014
When I moved to Libertyville, this cute 5 year old kid was the first person to greet me. His first words to me were, "I'm Murph. Wanna Play?"
Jerry Lee
July 11, 2014
Murph, you will be missed, you always brightened up my day when I heard from you
Pat McGrath
July 10, 2014
So sorry for the loss of someone so loved by so many. My sincere sympathy to all.
Patricia Rogge
July 10, 2014
We will miss you always! Love you~ Liz, Joey and Zander
July 10, 2014
Murphy was a really great man and just exuded love. I feel his loss even though I didn't see him as often as I once did. I am blessed to have known him and to know Gigi and Sam. Rest in Peace, our friend. Your love lives on!
Karla Rogers
July 10, 2014
Rest In Peace Brother, you touched many lives in many ways.
Brad Hauter
July 10, 2014
So sorry to read about your brother Peggy and Harriet.
Dave McClain
Hot Springs Village Arkansas
July 9, 2014
R.I.P. Murphy, you will be missed by all who knew you.
Thomas Walker
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