In loving Memory of
Cleveland McCabe Jr.
September 13, 1947 – November 26, 2020
Memorial Gathering was held on December 11, 2020 at 2:30 PM EST
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Cleveland McCabe Jr., of Pikesville, Maryland, formerly of Springfield, MA. passed away on Thursday, November 26th, 2020 at the age of 73. He was born in High Point, NC. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kabena McCabe (nee White); children, Yvette McCabe, Paula P. Chambers (Junior Stennett), Annette M. McCabe, Michelle (Gabriel) Trofort, and Luke A. (Natalie) McCabe; grandchildren, Shereen P. Dawkins, Christopher A-A Chambers, Jonathan U. Chambers; as well as Bonnie B. Mingo, Reuben J. (Sonia) Boyd, Phyllis B. (Donald) Denny, Eunice B. (Reginald) Ingram, Maylor K. B. Strickland, Larry R. (Renee) Boyd, Beverly B. Gibson, Sandra Wright, Patrica Ayers, Richard Traynham, Ronald Traynham, and Donald Traynham. He was predeceased by his son, Cleveland McCabe, III; and parents, Cleveland and Louise McCabe.
Cleveland will be remembered for being strong and resolute, especially during his final years on earth. Those who know him were encouraged by his strength and would often hear him say maxims such as “one day at a time” or “I may be down, but I am not out”. Although he was a serious man, he was sometimes very playful and animated and would say many funny catchphrases in his very unique way. He enjoyed making others laugh and was well known for playful and fun-loving shenanigans when he was young and sometimes even when he was not well and in the hospital.
He was an avid fisherman and it was entertaining to hear him talk about his fishing adventures out on the boat or with the children. However, he also had some remarkable experiences that he did not speak about often or in great detail. He was a talented singer who was compared to the likes of Isaac Hayes. He also served in the United States Marine Corps, participated in historic events such as the desegregation of his school, and marched with Martin Luther King.
He was known as Mr. McCabe, Cleve, Mac, Dad, Pops, and Tippy Toe in his younger days as an athlete, but he will live on as a person who believed it was best to enjoy life because you only live once. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Project PLASE, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless, or a charity of your choice.