Graeme Charles Craig
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden loss of Graeme Charles Craig, RR 1, Walton, on Feb. 8, 2021. He was in his 74th year.
Graeme is survived by his loving wife, Helen (Elliott) Craig of 49 years. He was the proud father of Michael Craig, RR 1, Walton and Shannon Craig and Dave Soontiens, Mitchell and the dear brother and brother-in-law of Sherrill and Robert Christian, Oceanview, Delaware; Robert and Sharon Elliott, Kitchener; Emily and Scott LaRue, Haliburton and Mary Elliott, Burnaby, British Columbia.
Graeme will be lovingly remembered by many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Harvey and Margaret (Stewart) Craig, infant son Chad, and in-laws Gordon and Sarah (Whitmore) Elliott.
Graeme was a life-long 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 both genuine and sincere. He was also full of surprises.
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. In 1997, he and Helen purchased the Walton Inn. They felt inclusiveness was important and Michael needed a place to work. They said, 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 International Plowing Matches. This included a term as President of Ontario Plowmen’s Association, Chair of 1999 International Plowing Match in Dashwood and as Treasurer of the Canadian Plowing Match at the time of his death. 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 was held on Friday, Feb. 12. Rev. Ken Whiting officiated. Interment will be in Brussels Cemetery.
Donations of sympathy in memory of Graeme can be made to Cavan United Church or Seaforth Community Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be forwarded through www.haskettfh.com.