Remembering Richard McCrea: A Life Well-Lived in Grass Valley

Grass Valley mourns the loss of Richard Neil McCrea, who passed away on November 26, 2023, after a brief illness. Born on October 5, 1976, in Sacramento, Richard’s life was a testament to love, laughter, and unwavering commitment to his family and community.

Summary Table

Full NameRichard Neil McCrea
Date of BirthOctober 5, 1976
Date of PassingNovember 26, 2023
Known forPassion for food, love of outdoors, and warmth
LegacyLoved father, friend, and community member

Early Life and Education

Richard spent his formative years in Grass Valley, attending Bear River High School. His youth was marked by enduring friendships and a cheerful disposition that endeared him to many.

A Devoted Father and Community Member

At the heart of Richard’s life was his daughter, Lenora McCrea. His devotion as a father was evident in their unbreakable bond. Richard’s sense of family extended beyond his home, embracing the Grass Valley community as an extended family.

Passion for Culinary Arts

Richard’s adult life saw him pursuing his love for food. He worked at various restaurants in Grass Valley and Nevada City, where his culinary skills and warm personality made him a local favorite.

Love for the Great Outdoors

Away from the kitchen, Richard found joy in camping and fishing. His adventurous spirit and love for nature were an integral part of his life, creating cherished memories with family and friends.

Impact and Memories

Richard McCrea’s passing leaves a void in Grass Valley. His generosity, laughter, and willingness to help others will forever be remembered. Friends and family will recall Richard’s life not with tears but with smiles, honoring his legacy of love and joy.


Richard McCrea’s life in Grass Valley was marked by an infectious zest for life, warmth, and an unwavering commitment to those he loved. His legacy lives on in the hearts of those who knew him and in the community he cherished.