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“Peter, Although it's been many many years since I've seen you, I just read about your Dad's passing and wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss. ...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Kathryn Gould - Medway, MA

“Peter and FamilySo sorry for the loss of both your Mom and Dad these past few months. Farm Lane will never be the same. I will miss sharing English...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Peter,Condolences on your Dad's passing. He was a classic tough old guy and I know you enjoyed a lot of great times together. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Joe Flynn - Hingham, MA - friend

“There will never be another one quite like Harry! He will be missed. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Ken Whalley - Topsfield, MA

“Harry represented the heart and soul of golf here in New England. Case in point...year after year he generously gave of his time to the Boston Open,...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Cob Carlson - Boston, MA - Friend

“Dear Peter and family,The entire Kelley family sends their deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your Dad. He led a great life and was loved by many...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Biff Kelley - Quincy, MA

“Harry Will never be forgotten. What a gift to the game of golf ! ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Bill Jenks - Waban, MA - Friend

“God Speed Harry! I already started missing my grumbled morning greeting of "what in H*** are you doing here" at the Foxhill complex when your desk...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Kevin Snyder - Madison, NY

“A man of unparalleled class on and off the golf course ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Rich Fraher - Hingham, MA

“God Bless The McCracken on The Loss of Harry. Harry was a Wonderful Friend to many a True Gentleman and Fantastic Ambassador for The Great Game of...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Donnie Lyons - Danvers, MA

“As a Past President of NEGA I have many fond memories of Harry. First met him over 20 years ago as a NH Golf Association rep working a Rhode Island...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: John Emond - Rochester,, NH

“We were lucky to have Harry & Jane as next door neighbors the past 6 years. We enjoyed their company very much. Harry was smart, funny and...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Pam & Steve Smith & Thomas - MA

“RIP HARRY you were a good man and a tremendous asset to NEW ENGLAND GOLF ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Wortis NEWTON CENTRE - Mass

“To Peter and Family so sorry for your loss. I met Harry when I was 21 and he was 92, and we had a special relationship. From driving around with him...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Steven Yatrousis - Mansfield, MA

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Harry B. McCracken Jr. of Norwood, formerly of Westwood, a longtime member of the United States Golf Association's Regional Affairs Committee and one of New England's most dedicated golf representatives, died peacefully on October 18, 2019 at the age of 94. Beloved husband of the late Jane (Needham) McCracken. Loving father of Peter T. McCracken and his wife Cheryl of Foxborough and the late Richard T. and Harry B. McCracken 3rd. Cherished grandfather of Samantha McCracken and Peter McCracken Jr. and his wife Lizzie. Devoted brother of the late Jean Leahy and Lorna Boyle. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Harry McCracken, one of most recognizable figures in the local golf scene, has been a fixture at Mass Golf, New England Golf and USGA events since 1969 when he first became a part of the Mass Golf Executive Committee. He rose to the title of Mass Golf president in 1984 and later began work with the New England Golf Association, which serves the golf needs for all of New England. Up until his passing, he served as the Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the New England Golf Association – a position he held since 1987 – where he oversaw all facets of the association's operations.
Having already received numerous awards and recognition from nearly every top golf organization in the span of his career, McCracken, Jr. added to his legacy in 2017 when the Massachusetts Amateur Championship Stroke Play Medalist Award was named in his honor. That award appropriately connected the longest running Mass Golf Championship with one of its longest-tenured representatives and will continue on the legacy for as long as the Massachusetts Golf Associations is in existence.

In addition to the creation of the Harry B. McCracken, Jr. Stroke Play Medalist Award, its namesake had previously been honored with the 1995 USGA Ike Grainger Award, the 2007 USGA Joe Dey Award and the 2005 New England PGA George S. Wemyss Award, among others. Mass Golf honored him in 1994 with the Frank Sellman Distinguished Service Award (the highest honor given to a Mass Golf volunteer).
McCracken became a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee in 1989 and his responsibilities include procuring qualifying sites for the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur and U.S. Junior Amateur. He also assists in landing sites for U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifying as well as assigning Rules officials to those sites while acting as the official in charge at most of the qualifiers.
McCracken joined Charles River Country Club as a junior golfer in 1936 and over the years has served three terms on the Board of Governors, including 10 years as vice president and treasurer. Since 1996, the club has annually held the McCracken Cup, a tournament named in Harry's honor that brings together some of New England's best low-handicap golfers.

Harry is a graduate of Bowdoin College and served his country as a Sargent in United States Army During WWII.
Visiting hours will be held in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home 55 High Rock St. (off Route 109) Westwood, on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:00 to 7:00pm.

A Funeral Service will be celebrated in St. John's Episcopal Church, 95 Deerfield Ave., Westwood, on Wednesday, Oct.23, at 11:30am. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment Walnut Hills Cemetery, Brookline.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Harry's name to the Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund 300 Arnold Palmer Boulevard, Norton, MA 02766

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Walnut Hills Cemetery

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