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Date of Passing: Jan 08, 2012

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CRAIG EDWARD FOTHERINGHAM 1953 - 2012 After a brief and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, Craig Fotheringham passed peacefully on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the age of 58. He was predeceased by his father, Douglas and leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Rena, daughter, Kathleen and her husband, Chris, son, Jordan, stepdaughters, Leah and Joanna, brother, Jim and nieces, Tara and Alannah. Craig grew up in Dryden, Ontario. His mother, Rena started teaching him how to play the piano at age five and he excelled, passing his grade five exam with honours at the age of ten. He then took a break from piano and taught himself how to play the guitar. Craig and his friends, Guenther, Richard and Dale started a band called The Shades of Blue and earned beer money playing at local dances. Craig remained close friends with his band mates and in 2000 The Shades of Blue reunited and played for three more local dances. Craig was also an avid hockey player who won numerous MVP awards. He went to Victoria, BC to try out for junior hockey but came home to pursue a career in music. In 1972, Craig moved to Winnipeg to study classical piano and stayed. Throughout his musical career, Craig performed with and produced albums for various artists and bands, most notably the C-Weed Band, The Foster Martin Band, Curtis Newton and the Bill McMahon Trio. Craig's work spanned genres from country to hip hop but his true passion was jazz. He was fortunate to spend his last few years sharing his love of jazz at various venues throughout the city including the Pemby on Saturday afternoons. Craig played his last gig at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with Curtis Newton on December 2, 2011. Many local musicians credit Craig for mentoring them and making them better musicians. Craig also had a love and talent for photography. He was designated the official photographer at family functions, took photos for musical albums he produced and took beautiful travel photos. Craig was a devoted father who took an active interest in his children's musical, academic and athletic endeavors. He was also a very loving son, who was always there for his mother whether she needed help with a computer issue, painting the cottage or just someone to talk to. Craig was fortunate to spend his last weeks at home with his mother, Rena and to have the love and support of family and friends, especially Christine Skene, Darlene Furlong, Lyle Foster and Stella Davies. The family would like to extend their gratitude to his doctors and nurses at CancerCare, his palliative home care nurses as well as the dedicated staff at the St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit. Your care and compassion made this difficult time much easier to bear. Memorial services will be held on January 14, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Andrew's River Heights United Church in Winnipeg and on January 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Church in Dryden, ON. There will also be a musical celebration of Craig's life on January 15, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight at the Pembina Hotel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation. Wiebe Funeral Homes Ltd., Winkler In care of arrangements, 325-4201

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 12, 2012

Condolences & Memories (19 entries)

  • I certainly enjoyed the maybe two thousand hours spent with Craig in the various recording studios in Winnipeg and Edmonton. I learned so much about music, sound and recording. Also the two years plus touring to the four corners of this continent. Speaking for the other members of The C-Weed Band, we credit 90% of what we learned about music from the years working with such a musical genius on and off the stage and in and out of the studio. We are rehearsing a live show for a world tour and dedicating it to the "memory of Craig Fotherinham." Thank you Craig for all you did for us of The C-Weed Band. Rest now. We'll see you again. - Posted by: Wally Ranville (friend and fellow band member) on: Jul 12, 2014

  • One of the best around here he was!! - Posted by: chok-mah (friend) on: May 02, 2012

  • My father and I will miss you dearly. We will remember you forever. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Riley Dutiaume (Friends) on: Mar 12, 2012

  • "Magic Carpet Ride", "Mustang Sally", " Born to be Wild". Whenever I hear these songs I think of Craig Fotheringham and of course the Shades of Blue. What great memories! My good friends Mike Cortens and Chris Moss and I had the opportunity to play at one of their intermissions at the C.O.F. Hall back in the late 60s. What a thrill that was! Craig was a great inspiration and example to us local guitarist- musician wannabees. I could only dream of having his talent. This is a very sad time and what a huge loss -- too soon! - Posted by: Brian Cameron (friend) on: Jan 16, 2012

  • It Was Always About The Music. knew Craig for 36 years, played together in bands, wrote songs together, too many recording sessions to mention, we also co-produced 2 hip hop cds this past 2010 and 11 and just finished the War Party CD in Oct, It was always about the Music! God Bless and RIP - Posted by: Eddie and Marg Birkett (Muusical Partners and Show Business) on: Jan 16, 2012

  • Craig lit up the room walking in; he was a beautiful kind funny GENIUS. What a sad shame;-(. Rest well, my friend. Miss you. - Posted by: Teresa Pshednovak (Freinds from way back in the 80's:-). ) on: Jan 15, 2012

  • We will miss our friend Craig who we met when he played at our Lazy Dog Cafe fourteen years ago. Over those years we enjoyed his company, sense of humour, extreme talent, generosity and support. Who else would have taken time out of his busy schedule to make a boogie woogie rendition of Eensy Weensy Spider for my Nursery classes' performance! So glad to have known him. What a loss ... - Posted by: Barry and Mary Anne Shore (Friends) on: Jan 13, 2012

  • Even though Craig and I grew up in Dryden our paths didn't cross until we were both living in Winnipeg. Those who knew us then will recall we were inseparable for several years. Later in life our paths crossed again and Craig was still the lovely, talented and gentle man I knew. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. - Posted by: Catherine Morison (friend) on: Jan 13, 2012

  • In August 2011 I released my debut album which he produced. While working him I noticed his natural ability to create music. His knowledge and work was beautiful. His talent was evident and so was his passion and love for music. God Bless You. - Posted by: Bryan Myskiw () on: Jan 13, 2012

  • I knew Craig when I was about 9 or 10. We were in the same class and then Craig "skipped" grade five because of his advanced intelligence. However, as friends of the Egers, Doug and Craig and I hung out as only 9 year olds can. I still have a scar from bicycle racing down colonization on our way home from school. Doug, Craig and I were racing to Doug's, I was in the lead and I went over the handlebars and slid down the pavement on my face ruining my modelling career. Another time we went out to Craig's camp when it was being built. We were playing and Craig's dog the dalmation Beebee ate our beans and Rena just scooped them out and we enjoyed them with weiners. Craig was a wonderful, sensitive and caring boy. He loved all the animals in life and as a very popular, handsome, athletic and musical genious he was kind to all. The world will miss this special man. - Posted by: Sheryl Hoshizaki (Childhood classmate) on: Jan 13, 2012

  • I was very fortunate to have been able to work with Craig. He taught me many things about playing and working in the music business. He was truly a great musician. He was honest and had a great sense of humor. We were blessed to have him in our lives and call him friend. Our thoughts go out to his family and all of those who knew him as he will be missed. Love ya Craig. 'Rock On' - Posted by: Glen Stacey (Friend & ex-band mate) on: Jan 13, 2012

  • I would like to take this time to honour, remember, cry & say thank you to an incredible person, Craig Fotheringham. His exceptional talent with music was a gift I was fortunate to share in. He breathed life into music by capturing the emotion through his musical gift. I was always taken aback when listening to Craig play as he was purely amazing. For thirty years we recorded orginal music together. That in itself speaks volumes about the amount of faith and respect I held in him. Craig had to be one of the most intelligent individuals I've ever known. A deep thinker, leaving no room for error in his work. We accomplished so much together and I am so proud to have been able to share in his life. Our last song we recorded together was entitled "Thank You For Being My Friend" To you Craig ..... From the bottom of my heart..... Thank you For Being my friend. - Posted by: Karina Long (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2012

  • Craig produced both of my CD's, so I spent many hours in the studio with him. I was absolutely in awe of his musical talents, and loved his easy going nature. The music industry in Winnipeg and Canada has lost an awesome talent. Rest in Peace Craig. - Posted by: Larry Watmough (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2012

  • "Only the good die young" ... and Craig, you were so much more than good. I consider it a privilege to have known you. When you played, you took us all along for the ride - dancing our feet off - young and old alike. Thank you for sharing your talent with us and for making memories that will last a lifetime. - Posted by: Roberta MacDonald (friend and admirer) on: Jan 12, 2012

  • We were fortunate to have been able to enjoy Craig & Curtis' performance at the Art Gallery on December 2nd. As an onlooker, Craig's fingers danced as flawlessly as ever over the keys and produced that lovely wall of sound that we'd enjoyed so many times over the past 15 years or so. You will be deeply missed Craig -- Autumn Blues won't be the same without you. Thanks for the tunes man. G. - Posted by: Graeme MacDonald (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2012

  • Although I'd heard of Craig, living in Dryden, I never actually met him, but I was very impressed with his musicianship when I had occasion to hear the Shades of Blue at the Dryden reunion. Rest in peace, man. - Posted by: PHIL CORTENS (Fan) on: Jan 12, 2012

  • Craig and I crossed musical and personal paths many times in the forty four years I knew him. He had the most wonderful dry sense of humour, and I have many wonderful memories of all our adventures together. I have been offering prayers for Craig and his family for some time now, and look forward to giving them my personal condolences here in Dryden on the 21st. I will never forget him. - Posted by: Byron O'Donnell (friend) on: Jan 12, 2012

  • Remembering Craig and The Shades of Blue. Craig you were a fantastic musician and will be recalled fondly in years to come by many. - Posted by: Sharon Carter (high school aquaintance) on: Jan 12, 2012

  • Thanks for everything you have done for us Craig. Especially, the beautiful pictures you took at our wedding. They will always be cherished. God Bless you Friend. - Posted by: Sonny and Cheryl Bandura (Friends) on: Jan 12, 2012

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