It is with great sadness we announce the sudden loss of Graeme Charles Craig on Feb 8, 2021 in his 74th year. Survived by his loving wife, Helen (Elliott) Craig of 49 years. Proud father of Michael Craig of RR 1 Walton, and Shannon Craig and Dave Soontiens of Mitchell. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Sherrill and Robert Christian of Oceanview, Delaware, Robert and Sharon Elliott of Kitchener, Emily and Scott LaRue of Haliburton, and Mary Elliott of Burnaby, B.C. Lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Harvey and Margaret (Stewart) Craig, infant son Chad, and in-laws Gordon and Sarah (Whitmore) Elliott.
Graeme was a life resident of his century farm in Walton. His first passion in life was music. At a young age, he and his sister, Sherrill took part in many singing competitions. Throughout his life, Graeme entertained many people singing and playing guitar at church, weddings and family celebrations. He was a graduate of Ridgetown College and started his first career as a technician for United Breeders in Wingham. In 1984 Graeme changed careers to become an Insurance Agent for McKillop Mutual Insurance Company in Seaforth. He loved the relationships he made with his clients, he always had a joke and a light hearted approach that was also genuine and sincere.
In true non-partisan fashion, Graeme was appointed the Federal Returning Officer for Huron-Bruce in 2003. He had many political friends from all parties. He ran as the Liberal candidate in 1978. He was also full of surprises. In 1997 he and Helen purchased the Walton Inn. They felt inclusiveness was important and Michael needed a place to work. It was a pleasure to serve the Walton community for over 22 years. Graeme had many extra-curricular interests throughout his life. He held many positions with the local and Ontario Plowing Matches. This included a term as President of Ontario Plowmen’s Association, Chair of IPM ’99 in Dashwood and current Treasurer of the Canadian Plowing Match. Graeme also enjoyed 12 years as Trustee and Chair on the Huron County Board of Education. He truly valued the friendships through all parts of his life. He made a positive impact on everyone he touched. Once you met him, you were a friend for life.
A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, February 12th at 11 AM with Rev. Ken Whiting officiating. Interment Brussels Cemetery. Though the service is private, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your home. Stream the service live or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh.
Donations of sympathy in memory of Graeme can be made to Cavan United Church or Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation.
Private registration link for invited guests: https://www.haskettfh.com/register/