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CRAIG, Donald (Don) Eldon

September 15, 1937 – Ottawa, Ontario
January 24, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Don Craig who passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the age of 81 years.

Born in Ottawa, Ontario and raised in the hamlet of Carsenby to Collingwood and Helena Craig, Don was the youngest of five siblings.  Life in Carsenby was filled with Don’s two passions, music and sports.  In 1968 he made the trek to Alberta and opened Craig’s Keyboards.  Craig’s Keyboards was wildly successful in influencing, teaching, and promoting music in the city. After joining barbershop quartets at age fourteen, Don continued his passion for Barbershop Quartets in Calgary. Many lifelong friendships were formed here, most notably with BRASS. The BRASS quartet was widely acknowledged for their tireless volunteer work with disadvantaged school children, for their humor and impeccable harmonies. BRASS was inducted into the Evergreen District Hall of Fame in 2001 in recognition of their talent and volunteer work.

He is survived by beloved wife Linda Craig, sister-in-law Robin Waldo, stepdaughter Tara Kortbeek (Lloyd) and his treasured grandchildren Isabella and Maxwell Kortbeek. He is also survived by his brother Morley Craig (Ada), nieces Mary Ellen, Gloria, Jackie, Sue, and Shelly and nephews Sandy, Thomas, James and Michael.

Don was predeceased by his parents Collingwood and Helena and his sisters Gwen, Dorothea and Emily, his son John and stepdaughter Tammy.

A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 2:00- 5:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Don’s name may be made directly to Sing Canada Harmony c/o James Thexton, Director, 92 Brightondale Close SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 4M7.

In living memory of Don Craig, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. It was with great sadness that I read of Don’s passing. I was a popular organ student who studied with Jacqueline Hilton and Don always provided the organs from Craig’s Keyboards for the competitions at the Kiwanis Music Festival. My sister and I both worked at the booth Don always had at the Calgary Stampede, demonstrating the organs in the early 80’s.. It was the best summer job one could ask for. Don was generous, kind and had a wonderful laugh. My deepest condolences to the family. Don had a great impact on my life and I feel lucky that I got to know him.

    Sincerely,

    Scott White

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  2. Johnny Thorson :

    My musical combo shared many a stage with Don and BRASS over the years, the last time in Lacombe in the summer of 2017. Our musical styles were an ideal pairing. Don was a big man with an outgoing personality to match and I was saddened to learn of his unexpected passing. My heartfelt sympathy to Linda and all members of Don’s family, to his barbershop harmony colleagues also. Alberta has lost a musical treasure.

    …Johnny Thorson

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  3. goodbye Uncle Don…and thanks for everything you did for me.

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