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Alvin W. Craig

Alvin W. Craig, 82, husband of Caroline Craig for fifty-nine years, passed away on September 25, 2019 after a brief illness. Al was the son of Murdice and Gladys Craig. He was born in Durham, ME and graduated from Lisbon Falls High School. After his marriage in 1960, he and Caroline moved to Essex and have enjoyed living there their entire marriage, making many friends along the way.

His first employment was at Varian, where he began as apprentice machinist, advancing to experimental machinist. Two years of night school gave him the credentials to teach his trade. The next eighteen years he taught at Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational High School and was a strong influence for good for many of his students.

At Topsfield Fair he found his true calling and served as General Manager for twenty years, bringing a fresh perspective to the educational and agricultural departments of the fair. His love of draft horses led him to bring a draft horse show to the fair, and it is still a major event during fair week. He will be remembered as a man of integrity and generosity, and as a skilled mediator.

Al served on the boards of Farm Bureau, Essex County Co-op, Essex Technical School, and Essex County Greenbelt, and was involved in local 4-H. Along the way, he was a proud member of Rotary and an honorary member of the Myopia Driving Club. Al was a founding member of the Yankee Draft Horse Association and Fairhaven Christian School.

Al was noted for his love of the land, draft horses, cows, and tractors. He was fortunate to live at Cogswells’ Grant for forty-six years, where he had all the land he wanted to be a farmer.

In addition to his wife Caroline, Al is survived by his son Barton and daughter-in-law Sheila of Providence, RI, his daughter Lisa Kriz and son-in-law Glenn Kriz, both of Ipswich, and his grandchildren Douglas Kriz, Sophie Craig, and Bridget Craig. He is also survived by his sister Lucille Anderson of Derry, NH, and many nieces and nephews.

The family extends special thanks to the care givers at Beverly Hospital and Kaplan House in Danvers.

A memorial service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Essex at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 19. All other arrangements will be private, and under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Flowers are welcomed, or donations may be made in Al’s name to the steeple fund at First Congregational Church of Essex, P.O. Box 275, Essex, MA 01929.


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