Joseph Lyle McCrea June 12, 1924 - April 6, 2008 Joseph Lyle McCrea was born in 1924 to Merrill and Clara McCrea (known as Mac and Cleo) in Fruitland, Washington, and part of the Yakima and Spokane Indian tribe. Surviving the depression, he was a South Bay resident for 60 years. Known as a happy and gentle man, he was loved by all who knew him. Joe was a 58 year member of St. James Catholic Church, Catholic Golden Age, Knights of Columbus and a World War II Veteran. He was a barber by trade in the South Bay for 37 years. Joe loved fishing, skiing, boating, camping and his family. He amazed all around him and became known as "The Man with Nine Lives," surviving many health obstacles throughout his life. Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife, Mary, of 54 years. Survivors include three sons, William, Michael and Mark, daughter-in-law Debra, Grandchildren Hannah and Chaytn, extended family and heartfelt friends, Dennis, Pat, Peter, Steve and his loving and loyal dog, Ginger. He will be greatly missed by those who love him. Finally at peace and back with Mary. A gathering of family and friends will be held at White & Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach on Thursday April 10, 2008 from 5 to 9pm. A Vigil will begin at 7pm. Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Church in Redondo Beach on Friday April 11 at 10am. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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  1. I never know what to say at these times. Please know my heart is with you and your family. God Bless.

  2. Farewell Joe. You will be missed greatly but glad you are reunited with Mary and at rest. You will always be in my heart, thoughts and prayers. Thank you for accepting me into your family! Rest well good friend!

  3. God bless you in heaven. Condolences to the McCrea family from Knights of Columbus Council 1990, Redondo Beach.

  4. Dear Mark and Debbie, We send our love and condolences, I learned about this site and was looking for another friend. We loved your Dad and Mom, Hope you are doing o.k. with the changes and loss. It’s very difficult. We hope with time it will get easier, but sadness never quit leaves. Take care of yourselves, just got called into work. Call us whenever, 707-961-0229, Love, xxoo Renata and Steve Coury

  5. My dearest friend in the whole wide world… I love him and I will miss him, even though I didn’t get to see him much he was and will always be in my heart.. we shared a special secret together!! What a man!!! God Bless Him

  6. Joe was very special man. He took a chance on my father( Ray aka Archie) and gave him his first job in California as a barber. He was always so kind to my family through the years. May God watch over you as you enter into his home. God Bless You Always…you will be missed!!

  7. Dear Mark and Family, Just read about the loss of your Dad. Thinking of you and your family and remembering your wonderful parents. Kathy

  8. Dear Bill and family, Please except my condolences in the loss of your dad.I only met him a few times,but he was always friendly and cheery despite his health issues. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. You are in my prayers. Peace, light and love, Marian Cubberly

  9. Bill and family, words cannot convey my deepest sympathy. Now he is free…You will remember him with love and laughter. I love you all. Love, Lisa (and Joey)!!

  10. Ok this wierd. Off & on throughout the years I’ve been doing family research. Genealogy is what it is.I knew my Aunt Mary passed a few years back because I had help from her on some of the family history I needed. Then I’m on the computer doing this and find that Uncle Joe passed. Well the two are together now and I have to say heaven is a very noisy place right now. I remember alot of years ago visiting them and my cousins and that house had a steady hum. Laughter, banter and then some. I never had a sad or negative moment with these folks. I just wish my Dad (Mary’s brother Herb) got us out there more often. I remember Bill riding me on the handlebars of his bike down Vincent St toward the parish where my Grandmother Alice spent most of her time. His dog Stopper in chase. Mark was more my age and I remember playing bumper pool in the game room. Mike was always the reserved one. Anyway, Uncle Joe gave great haircuts and was always joking around. I miss those days especially while I’m pushing 50. Bill, Mike and Mark – My sorrow for your loss. John Newbanks. 623-824-5596

  11. Michael, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Hold on to memories and find peace.

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