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Born: Mar 21, 1955

Date of Passing: Oct 22, 2020

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March 21, 1955 - October 22, 2020

Craig Eros passed away suddenly at his home near Gunton, Manitoba, on Thursday, October 22, 2020, with his loving wife, Shelley, by his side.
Craig will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Craig leaves to cherish his memory his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, brother, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-laws, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins. Craig was predeceased by his parents, Marge and Willie Eros; and his older brother, Glenn.
Craig was born in Winnipeg, the second oldest of a very busy family of five children. He grew up in Transcona, graduating in 1973 from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate.
Craig was always a creative, generous, fun-loving guy, who had many friends and enjoyed life. From an early age, he shared his love of music and art with those around him. One of his first jobs during high school was teaching guitar, and he performed in many bands over the years, including the rock band Eros, in which he played lead guitar and sang vocals along with brother, Glenn. In his twenties, Craig was a sound technician for live bands. He later became accomplished in Spanish and Flamenco guitar, and he and Shelley participated in a Spanish dance troop for many years.
He never lost his passion for rock and blues, and spent many an hour in his well-equipped home, recording studio writing and making music. He played guitar for hours a day, and became a mentor to many fellow guitarists. Recently, he had taken up a new interest in keyboards and synthesizers. Craig had just completed the first cut of a new solo album, in which he played all the instrument tracks, including vocals.
Craig leaves us with a legacy of breathtaking works of art, which began in childhood and the many years he worked at Hawkins Taxidermy. He will be especially remembered for his Manitoba landscapes, sunset, sunrise and wildlife paintings and, more recently, his hauntingly beautiful "space art" of galaxies, planets and nebula.
Craig was a dedicated family man, devoted husband, father and grandfather. In 1985 he married Shelley, and in 1986, the family relocated to north of Gunton, where Craig and Shelley incorporated, and Craig took on the role of President of Rockridge Turkey Breeder Farm Ltd. Craig also worked at Charison's Turkey Hatchery. Over the decades there were many farm locations, Rockridge Grower, Rockridge Breeder, Blue Springs, Windsor and Northridge. Craig worked diligently in that role until his retirement in 2016.
Craig and Shelley shared many happy times on their wooded acreage, creating art and music together, spending time with friends, and enjoying the simple things in life. Craig was inspired every day by the simple beauty he saw around him - a deer in the yard or birds at his feeder. He could often be found in the woods walking and maintaining his trails. He was a devoted gardener, spending much time caring for his plants.
He loved to barbecue and cook on a wood fire pit, and especially enjoyed making meals at the camper at East Shoal Lake. He always brought along a Flamenco guitar, and if he wasn't cooking, he was playing.
Craig was an avid fisherman and caught many trophies. He fished all sorts of fish, including pickerel, lake trout, muskie, salmon and arctic char in many parts of Northern Manitoba, Lake of the Woods, and even as far afield as Great Bear Lake and British Columbia.
Craig was loved. Craig had many plans for the future. His life impacted so many people. His family and friends are heartbroken at his early passing, and will miss him beyond measure. May your thoughts of Craig remind you to live your passions and enjoy the everyday beauty in life.
The family extends its sincere thanks to Emergency Service personnel, the RCMP, and Ken Loehmer for their kindness.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Craig's memory to a group that meant a lot to him, Grateful Friends Animal Rescue at Box 999 Teulon, MB R0C 3B0, or the charity of your choice.
A private service will be held.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 31, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Craig was the most outgoing person I have ever met! He was always busy doing something interesting. Painting, playing his guitar, making music and friends and working hard on the farm. He was a wonderful husband to Shelly and a super father and grandfather! The life he led was his passion. He did it well - right to the end! What a great loss for this World and his Family...I will miss him and cherish his memory forever. A great man taken too soon. My deepest condolences to Shelly and his Family. - Posted by: Sharon McDonald (Friend) on: Nov 04, 2020

  • My heartfelt condolences Shelley. I just heard of Craig's passing today. I will never forget that wonderful flamenco get together you both hosted for all us dancers years ago at your place. It was such a fun time spent and you both made everyone so welcome. Craig was such a talented guitarist and had a great sense of humor. please accept my deepest sympathy, Shelley. Rest in peace, dear Craig. - Posted by: lisa S (flamenco friend) on: Nov 02, 2020

  • Just have to say I really miss you Craig. Big Time.... - Posted by: Rudy Kessen (Friend) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • A true tragedy to have lost Craig so early. He touched so many peoples live in many different ways and is sorely missed. I'm especially grateful to have gotten to know Craig more intimately in the last few years. One of many memories for me is the day he arrived at "the Shop/Craig's World" with an immaculate Hammond C-3 in the back of his truck. I took part in the unloading and the subsequent set-up and the marveling-over what was a, mutually, long appreciated musical instrument standing before us all. He was a renaissance-man; brilliant in many skills and disciplines. A Humanist; accepting and encouraging in his interactions with people and the natural world. A good man. Gone to soon. - Posted by: Richard Hathaway (Friend ) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • I will never, ever forget something wonderful that Oggie, as I knew him, did when he worked for us at Hawkins. It was the early 80's and my daughter was only about 8 years old. I managed to get her to clean her room but she accidently sprayed her Cabbage Patch doll with Windex which made one of the doll's eyes dissolve and disappear. She was absolutely hysterical! So we piled in the car and when to the shop where Dr. Oggie painted a new eye on her doll! It was perfection and he saved the day! Craig was one really great guy! - Posted by: Adele Deegan (Former employer) on: Oct 31, 2020

  • Our deepest sympathy for your loss Shelley, he was your soulmate and will truly be missed. Love Lynda and Larry - Posted by: Lynda Landry (Friend) on: Oct 31, 2020

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