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CRAIG ALAN DEL BIGIO
Born: Dec 24, 1961
Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
CRAIG ALAN DEL BIGIO
Craig was born in Winnipeg on December 24, 1961. Craig told people he was born in the "wire room". Craig's life passion was electrical. He worked in the electrical industry his whole adult life, both in Winnipeg, MB and the Lower Mainland, BC, right up until his untimely death.
He is survived by his wife Suzanne Hrynyk; his children, Ryan (Madison), Chelsea and Grace Gudmundson; his father Rowland; sister Arlene; brother Bruce (Wendy); Aunt Marion Goodwin; lifelong friend Bob Little, and numerous extended family members.
He was preceded by his mother Margaret.
Craig grew up in River Heights spending much of his time playing street hockey with friends, getting into trouble with Bob and spending time with family at the cottage. Craig started sweeping the floors at Del's Electric at age eight. He often spoke of how much he owed to Rowland for his career and strong work ethic.
Craig loved being a father by spending time watching sports and dance with Ryan, Chelsea and Grace. He continued to support them in their journey into adulthood and enjoyed watching them mature and succeed.
Craig was the ultimate dog person. It was often said that he preferred dogs to people. Many hours were spent with Spats, Stewart and Zoe. Dog walking was a great form of stress release for him.
Craig's passion was electrical. Craig was an integral part of the family business at Del's Distributors until 2002. Upon leaving Del's he worked for a few different electrical wholesale companies. Craig gained many friends and colleagues in Winnipeg and the Lower Mainland. He was never afraid to get his hands dirty. From being a partner in the family company to counting inventory, Craig had done it all. Going to work was a joy for Craig. He continued learning and reading about his products even while in hospital. He most recently enjoyed his work at Nedco, Langley, BC in Senior Inside Sales.
Sports were a favourite hobby. He enjoyed playing hockey and soccer in his younger years. West Ham United, Eagles, Ohio State Football, and 76'ers were his favourite teams. Craig and Suzanne travelled the world to attend many Formula 1 races. They loved watching Lewis Hamilton and were able to meet him on one occasion. He enjoyed trips to Shanghai, Melbourne, Monte Carlo and Singapore to name a few. Craig visited Italy several times and Lake Como captured a special place in is heart. He loved pesto pizza from Italy.
Craig and Suzanne moved to British Columbia in 2017. Craig told people that after 55 winters in Winnipeg, he deserved warmer weather. He loved exploring his new home and adapting to life in the Lower Mainland. He loved driving his electric vehicle - a real dream for a guy who grew up with a passion for electrical.
A memorial service honouring Craig's life will be held at Northwood Community Centre, Winnipeg on March 15, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. As per Craig's wishes he has been cremated and his ashes will be dispersed.
Contributions in memory of Craig may be made to: support.vghfoundation.ca/goto/craig-del-bigio. It is our hope that donations will assist with research and raise awareness about Amyloidosis - the disease that claimed his life too soon.
Arrangements under the direction of Amherst Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Vancouver, BC.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
Our sincere condolences to you Suzanne and your family. We were saddened to hear about your loss. Your Uncle Lou, Aunt Elsie, Karen and Tom Phillips, Terry and Liliana and Granddaughter Carolina Hrynyk. Our love to your family. Posted by Louis Hrynyk - Posted by: Louis Hrynyk (Uncle) on: Feb 20, 2020
So shocked and saddened to hear of Craig's passing. My condolences to Suzanne, Ryan, Chelsea, Grave and the rest of Craig's family. Although I have not seen Craig in many years, I have retained many fond memories of hanging out with him during my three years at J.B. Mitchell Junior High. Having worked across the street from Del's Distributors on Princess St. for a period time helped keep the memories fresh. Craig was a kind, easy going guy. Gone to soon. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Glenn McConnell (School friend) on: Feb 02, 2020
Sincere condolences to you Suzanne and to the whole family. - Posted by: Christine (In Winnipeg) on: Jan 22, 2020
Walter & I are but two of the people lucky enough to have had Craig & Suzanne in our lives. He is missed. Our condolences & best wishes to Suzanne, Grace, Chelsea & Ryan. - Posted by: Marla Niekamp (Friend) on: Jan 22, 2020
Condolences to Rowland, Arlene, Bruce and the rest of Craig's family. All of the fond memories of growing up next door to Craig and the Del Bigio family came rushing back when I heard of Craig's untimely passing. We were fortunate to have had such great neighbours and friends. - Posted by: Mike Baudic (Childhood friend ) on: Jan 22, 2020
My condolences to Suzanne Ryan and Chelsea All the memories of going to the lake going to winnipeg Beach and playing the arcades and having fun in the water on air mattresses and going to Matlock Community Club for movies and bingo. It is with saddened hearts that you left us so early may you rest in peace. Love you always Craig. Your Sister Arlene - Posted by: Arlene (Sister) on: Jan 22, 2020
Your Aunt Marilyn Peterson ( Calgary) , your cousin Wayne (Toronto) and great nephews Kristjan and Andrew (Calgary) are saddened with your loss. Our love to your family. - Posted by: Wayne Peterson (cousin) on: Jan 21, 2020
May God comfort you and uphold you with His love during this difficult time. I am praying for you to have peace and strength. You have my deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Linda Murray (Friend of Suzanne from St. Boniface School of Nursing) on: Jan 20, 2020
VERY SORRY TO HEAR-CONDOLENCES TO ALL. CRAIG HAD A GREAT HEART AND ALWAYS MADE HIS OLD FRIENDS FEEL LIKE WE TALKED ALL THE TIME. ONLY 15 YEAR OLD KID I EVER SEEN HIT A FIELD GOAL AT 50 YARDS BEHIND TODD MITCHELL'S HOUSE. REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND. - Posted by: GORD MATHESON (SCHOOL FRIEND) on: Jan 20, 2020
Miss my fellow Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least we know he's in a better place. God bless. - Posted by: Tyler Harvey (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2020
My sincere condolences to Craig’s family. Sorry to hear Arlene and Bruce had lost their younger brother. Whenever I drive down Centennial Street I look at the houses and recall who lived in which house. Our childhood voices of laughter echo through my thoughts! - Posted by: Larisa (Childhood neighbours ) on: Jan 18, 2020
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