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March 28, 2016

Donald Millard Craig of Kincardine, died Monday, March 28, 2016, surrounded by family, at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine. He was 86. Beloved husband of Lois Craig (nee Gossel). Loving father of Katherine Gowing (John) of Tiverton, Donna Gander (Geoff) of Sarnia, Kenneth Craig (Nancy) of Kincardine and Anne McBride (George) of Kincardine. Sadly missed by 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and sister-in-law, Isabel. Predeceased by his parents, Millard and Rachel (Acton) Craig; and siblings, Arnold, Verna, Jack and Bob. Donald and Lois were married in 1952 and bought their farm on the 9th Concession of Kincardine Township that same year.  They began their farming career with one cow, some long-horn western cattle, some pigs and a couple of horses. They decided to build a dairy herd and theirs was the first farm on the 9th to send bulk milk to a creamery. A progressive thinker, Donald was ready to try new farming practices to improve his dairy herd. In 1981, the farm was sold to his son. Kenneth. and Donald and Lois moved to Kincardine to semi-retire. However, he continued to spend each day helping with the farm and playing an active role. He also drove a school bus and hydro bus for nine years.  Donald was very musical and performed for many years with the Armow Ramblers, a local dance band. He loved to sing and played the guitar, as well as the drums and piano. He also enjoyed playing with the Chalmers Country Gospel Band. He was very active in his church and thrived in his role as greeter each Sunday. His was the warm smile and the firm handshake that greeted members of the Chalmers Church congregation each Sunday morning. He was passionate about family and was a great supporter of the many “Craig Family Floats” that have been created for the Kincardine and Tiverton Fall Fairs. His sense of humour was evident in his choice of costumes. He also enjoyed refinishing furniture and made special keepsakes for all his grandchildren. His greatest joy was to have family around him, to share a story, a joke or a chat on the front porch. He quietly shared with his family and friends Christian values in his words and deeds. He will always be remembered for his kindness, determination and wit. Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street, Kincardine, Wednesday, March 30, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A public interment will take place at the Kincardine Cemetery, Thursday, March 31, at 11 a.m., followed by the memorial service from the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Memorial donations to Chalmers Church or Bruce Grey Child and Family Services, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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