June 22, 1940 – September 10, 2020
On Sept. 10, 2020, our beloved and favorite Story Teller Dick Craig, left this earth following chronic heart failure. He will be remembered and dearly missed by his wife Candy of 46 years, daughter Sheela Watson, son Cameron Craig, brother Drew Craig (Carolee Brown), cherished grandsons Devin and Aiden Watson, Mackenzie and Morgan Craig, ex-wife Donna Craig, special friends Don and Louisa Roberts , Dean and Cheryl Harvey, many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends from coast to coast.
Dick was born Valentine Richard Craig in Vancouver BC., grew up in the Hope BC area and worked in the Heavy Duty Truck Industry in Vancouver and throughout the BC Interior and Nova Scotia. Dick and his wife Candy moved to Truro NS and after 2years returned to Williams Lake and finally settled in Nanaimo BC in 1978.
Dick joined the Nanaimo Flying Club, volunteering to fly Air Cadets in his Piper Cherokee and working with the Air Search and Rescue for many years. Moving on he joined the Nanaimo Yacht Club, serving on the NYC board for 10 + years, becoming Commodore in 2006, the 75th Anniversary of the club. While an active NYC member he also volunteered as a Coast Guard Auxiliary member becoming the oldest member to complete the RIOT School training in Bamfield and became the Deputy Unit Leader for Nanaimo Coast Guard Auxiliary 27. In his active working years he also served on the Malaspina College (now VIU) Trades Advisory Board for several years. Upon his retirement he joined the Nanaimo PROBUS club serving as Vice President, President and Past President while also serving on his Strata Council for 5 years and serving as President in his 5th year.
He was witty, a sage, mentor, Story Teller, race car enthusiast, best friend, a dancer tripping the Light Fantastic with his Jive moves, builder, flyer and boater. But most of all he was a lover of people and they loved him back.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank all those who reached out to offer support and comfort during this difficult time. Also a very special heartfelt Thank You to Dick’s doctor, Dr. Brian Calvin for his many hours of dedication and caring attention to Dick’s well being and comfort during this time.
Due to Covid there will be no Celebration of Life however a small private family gathering will take place following cremation. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in Dick’s name to the charity of your choice.
Family condolences can be sent to Sands Funeral Chapel, 1 Newcastle Ave., Nanaimo BC V9S 4H6 (250)753-2032.
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