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Born: Mar 13, 1930

Date of Passing: Mar 04, 2019

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JOHN KENNETH CRAIG It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John Kenneth Craig on March 4, 2019 at the age of 88 years. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 64 years, Joan, sons, Gordon (Susan), Bruce (Debbie) and James, daughters, Joanne, Judith, and daughter-in-law Christine as well as his grandchildren, Christopher (Natalie), Andrew (Sarah), Tyler, Matthew, Joshua and Lorianne and great-grandchildren, Kieran and Alyssa. Ken is also survived by his sisters, Frances Kapetz and Ruth Hansen, sisters-in-law, Kathy Baryla and Dorothy Anderson, brother-in-law Garry Donaldson as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Elizabeth, daughter Patricia, sisters, Blanche and Olive, son-in-law Brent Boivin and brothers-in-law, Sidney Burnell, James Anderson, Peter Whitmore, Paul Baryla and Winston Layette and sister-in-law Beverly Donaldson. Ken was born in Pilot Mound, Manitoba on March 13, 1930 and moved to Winnipeg with his family in 1941. Ken graduated high school in 1947 and worked many jobs but found his lifetime employment with the CN Rail in 1951. He worked many shifts as a car checker at the CN with his father John (Jack) who worked as the yardmaster. In 1953 Ken met the love of his life Joan and they were married in 1954. They celebrated their 64th anniversary on October 16, 2018. After over 40 years of service, Ken retired from the Railway in 1991 and was able to dedicate his love to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were the light of his life. Ken also spent many days in his backyard tending to his flowers and was always there to help anyone who had questions or needed advice on what flowers would grow well in their yard. Ken was a dedicated member of the Windsor Park United Church where he co-founded the WPUC Garden Club with his good friend George Baker. The garden club taught many people, young and old, the joy of growing flowers which inspired them to start their own gardens. Dad also dedicated his retirement to the genealogy of his family which included many road trips to Pilot Mound and Baldur, where he tended to the resting places of his ancestors. Dad was able to trace his lineage all the way back to 1692. Dad passed on his love of family through his many stories, calendars and family tree books he gave to all of us. Dad passed peacefully and is now resting in God's embrace. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway with viewing one hour before the service and reception to follow. Interment thereafter at Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue. Flowers are respectfully declined; donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Winnipeg Humane Society. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 783-7211 Condolences may be sent to

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2019

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • Sincere condolences to the Craig Family on the passing of John, May you hold the good memories In your hearts forever. - Posted by: Tim McCrindle (Co-worker with Gord and Bruce) on: Mar 09, 2019

  • We are sorry for your loss of John, we remember him coming for coffee to visit and discuss the family tree. Our Moms, Elma and Bertha were John's cousins. Grandma Bea and John's dad were brother and sister. - Posted by: Michelle and Barb (Gunter/Craig) (Cousins ) on: Mar 07, 2019

  • Condolences to the family my thoughts and prayers go out to you all sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Sharon Cory (Co-worker CN Rail) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • I will cherish every moment we spent together Pa. You were everything to us and always will be. The memories everyone made with you will live forever. I am going to miss listening to your jokes, stories and spending summer afternoons with you in the backyard. You will always be with me and the rest of the family through the advice you gave us and positive spirit you had. You always put others first and had a solution to every problem whether it was in your garden or on the TV with the Blue Bombers. Save a seat in the stands up there for me so we can watch hockey games again one day. I love you Pa, rest now, we will be reunited again someday. - Posted by: Josh (Grandson) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • You were the best grandfather I ever could have asked for. I will always keep you close to me. I love you pa. - Posted by: Chris (Grandson) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • When tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an Angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand; The Angel said my place was ready, in Heaven far above, and I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But, when I walked through Heaven’s Gates, I felt so much at home, for God looked down, smiled at me, and told me “Welcome Home”. So, when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart, for every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart. Thinking of you Jim. Deepest condolences, Lana & Lynda - Posted by: Lynda Quinn & Lana Rogers (Co-workers of Jim’s) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • Ken and I worked together for many years. He was a dedicated employee who served CN well. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. - Posted by: Jim Kane (Collegue CN) on: Mar 06, 2019

  • Love You Dad! Peace Sweet Peace. "+" - Posted by: Jim Craig (Son) on: Mar 06, 2019

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