Harold McCarrel, known to friends as "Hal," a beloved brother in Christ Jesus, was quietly and peaceably called home to be with the Lord on January 28, 2021. He was 90.
Born in Rock Island, Illinois, Hal arrived in Long Beach, California in the mid-1970s, where he completed his associate degree from Long Beach City College. As the owner of Hal's Window Cleaning for nearly 45 years, he enjoyed meeting people and spreading the word of Christ to everyone he met.
Hal was known for his deep love and understanding of the scriptures and the word of God. His command of many languages was an amazement and delight to those who spoke with him. His diligence and passion of the gospel was felt by everyone – a faithful servant of the Savior.
"You couldn't talk to him without him lifting up the Lord," said wife Ginger McCarrel.
"Early in our marriage, I couldn't tell if he was speaking naturally or if he was quoting scripture. He was so well versed," she reflected.
Hal is survived by his devoted wife of 31 years, Virginia "Ginger," daughter Megan (Michael) Tomaro and granddaughter Zoe; sister-in-law Fay; nephews Ted McCarrel (Kris Bertelli) and Austin (Wendy) Howell; and missionary family Cliff and Martie Hellar. Hal also will be forever remembered and deeply missed by his church family and many dear friends. Hal was predeceased by his brother Henry, and son Douglas.
A memorial service will take place at noon on Sunday, March 14, at Long Beach Alliance Church, 3331 Palo Verde Ave., Long Beach, with Pastors Chris Lankford and Scott Trickett officiating and close family friend, Lance Hellar, presenting the gospel.
A graveside service will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, at Forest Lawn Mortuary, 4471 Lincoln Ave., Cypress, with Lankford and Trickett officiating and Hellar presenting the gospel.
"…but now once, at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many; and to those who look for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation."
Published in Gazette Newspapers from Mar. 11 to Mar. 19, 2021.