Thomas  Craig

Obituary of Thomas Gordon Craig

Thomas Gordon Craig Tom Craig, 93, of Wheatley, affectionately known as Lawn Mower Man, asked for his work boots and has gone home to tend other lawns. Tom is mourned by his loving wife of 60 years, Rochelle (Shelley)(nee Doan), and children Renée (Ross), Scott (Lorraine), Chris (Gail), Gordon (Louise), Monique (Adam) and Mélisse (Garron). He is dearly missed by grandchildren Christy (Ryan), Jacqueline, Joshua, Sarah, Shannon, Claire, Glenn, Chyenne, Liam, Rochelle, Aleksander, Tanis, Luke, Tillie, Jaimie and Cole. After working for Thompsons and Imperial Tobacco, then studying grain elevator management at Michigan State University, Tom worked in the grain business for over 30 years. He worked as the elevator manager with St. Clair Grain and Feeds in Tilbury and ended his career as a grain broker with Cargill in Chatham. Tom and Shelley raised their 6 children, numerous dogs and foundling cats on their apple orchard on the cliffs of Lake Erie, east of Wheatley. The family was fortunate to celebrate their Thanksgiving cider pressing tradition with Tom at the farm in 2019, and the community helped Tom and Shelley celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in late 2019. Tom loved the lake and walking with his canine companions. He was the early morning solitary golfer at Talbot Trail for several years. Tom led by example, teaching his children and grandchildren the values of service and hard work. He was the world’s best tickler, and always had a soft spot for grandchildren and puppies. Although he endured many ailments recently, Tom kept his dignity (and teeth and full head of magnificent white hair). The family is extremely grateful for the support of the Talbot Street United Church community throughout the years. The family thanks Dr. Burgess and the caring staff and volunteers of the Leamington Erie Shores Hospice, Dr. Yap, Dr. Bagga, the Leamington Dialysis Unit, dedicated PSWs Maggie and Georgie, nurses Madeline and Allison, CareLinks drivers Tammy and Albert, pastor Eric and devoted caregiver Elaine. There will be no visitation or funeral but the family will host a celebration of life in the Spring. Details will follow. Tom bequeathed his body to medical science. Those wishing to honour Tom’s memory may make donations to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, or Talbot Street United Church, 3864 Talbot Trail, Merlin, Ontario N0P 1W0. Condolences may be left at www.reidfuneralhome.ca