William F. Craig
Date of Passing: February 3rd, 2014leave a condolence read condolences
William F. "Bill" Craig, 91, of Colonial Drive, New Hartford, passed away Monday, February 3, 2014 at the Presbyterian Home for Central NY. He was born May 11, 1922, in Watertown, the son of the late Francis and Bernadine Mullen Craig. He was a graduate of UFA in Utica and Rider University in NJ. Mr. Craig was a US Navy veteran of WW II, serving in the Pacific Theatre. On August 23, 1947, at Sacred Heart Church, Utica, he married Gertrude Daniels. At one time, Bill worked at Oneida National Bank. He later worked for many years at Utica Mutual Insurance, retiring in 1986. A devout Catholic, he was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church and was a member of the Holy Name Society. Bill was a member and avid golfer at the Skenandoa Golf Club and was a supporter of the Utica Heart Run & Walk. One of his favorite pastimes was vacationing with family at White Lake. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gertrude; two daughters and a son-in-law, Susan C. Orr of Laguna Woods, CA and Barbara M. and Dennis Wong of Westport, CT; a granddaughter, Malia Wong of New York City; two nieces, Carol Cisco and family of New York City and Nancy Coleman of Frederick, MD; and a nephew, Thomas (Tucker) Craig and family of Norwood, MA. He was predeceased by a brother, John Craig; two nieces, Shelley Craig and Kathy Eichenlaub; and a nephew, Michael Craig. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Calling hours will be Friday from 4–7 pm at the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford.
Susie, even though I never met your parents, I always felt like I knew them whenever you spoke of them. I am truly sorry for your losses.
Dear Gert,Susie,and Barb, On behalf of all the Ahrendtsens, I send our sympathy and prayers to you. Many of our happy New Hartford memories are connected to your family. Our fathers were great golfing partners and Gert and Mary sure had their share of fun too.
Mary Ellen Ahrendtsen Sabey
Gert, Susie and Barb,please accept my sincere sympathy on the passing of "Uncle Bill"..He was a friend to all who knew him..all of you are in our thoughts and prayers.
A wonderful guy and a pleasure to be around.
Don & Dee Dee Dayton
What can we say!!! Our families were so close. I can't ever remember a time when we were not. From vacations to the emergency rooms, to Mom and Dad's passing, the Craig's were always their.
They have been waiting for him for too long. Let the party begin with some of the Irish mafia.....Cassie, Coleman and Craig.
The great memories you have will get you thru this. You are in our prayers and in our hearts forever.
These are the times when we wish we weren't so far away.
Love to all,
Roland and Sharon Coleman-Campola
Roland & Sharon Coleman-Campola
Our deepest sympathy to the Craig Family. Many fond memories from Colonial Drive ~ Great neighbors.
Sincere condolences to the family. May we find solicitude in knowing that Bill lived a full and successful life. He is now in the comfort of the Lord. Alleluia!
Sending our sincere condolences to the family. Bill was a great boss and mentor for many years at Utica mutual. From work, bowling, or golf bill was always helping me along the way. He will be truly missed.
Al & Marlene Ritchie