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Craig Patrick McCoy, 52 of Santa Monica, California passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 28, 2014 at his parent's home in Tampa. Florida. He was born in Baltimore, MD to the joy of his parents, Jim and Jackie McCoy and to his sister, Sioban. Craig went to schools in the local Baltimore area where he graduated from the University of Maryland College Park. While there he developed an intense lifelong loyalty to the Orioles and to the Baltimore Colts with some initial reluctance, the Ravens. To his last day he harbored bad feelings, like most of Baltimore, about the Colts move to Indianapolis and wrote an editorial published in the Baltimore Sun.

Craig was an intensely passionate, devoted, and a very funny man. He met the greatest love of his life, Jean Fay when he was 16 at Dulaney High School. Following graduation from Dulaney High School and later, University of Maryland, Craig and Jean married on October, 05, 1985 in Baltimore. In 1989, Jean and Craig and the extended family welcomed their first son, Brian in this world on September 18, 1989 to be followed by their second son, Kevin on June 26, 1993. He deeply loved, adored and was immensely proud of his sons and the fine young men they have become. He believed his primary job was to worry and protect Jean, Brian and Kevin and did so with the best intent every moment of his life. And they loved him deeply.

Due to their careers, Jean and Craig left Baltimore to live in Seattle and then to reside in Santa Monica, CA where they became owners of "To Wag For", a boutique for dogs on Montana Avenue. Politically, Santa Monica was initially an adjustment for Craig who longed for the days of the Ronald Reagan era of politics. Over time, he found his place in Santa Monica, becoming a fixture in its business community and local politics. As always, Craig loved to send his opinion to the local newspapers on local issues he felt needed to be discussed.

As devoted as he was to Jean, Brian and Kevin, he was equally devoted to his mother, Jackie and his father, Jim. He traveled on several occasions to the "Motherland" of Ireland with his father Jim, enjoying its beauty, people and causes. When his parents required attention, Craig came back East for several years and was devoted to his parents care. He shared his mother's humor and devotion to family and embodied his father's spirit for all things Irish. He was a good son deeply loved by his parents.

He was the younger brother of Sioban McCoy. Craig was adored by his sister who always described him as a good man trying to do the right thing and one of the funniest human beings she will ever know. Their bond and relationship never wavered in its strength and love for each other.

We will always love, cherish and miss Craig. Our hearts break that he is gone. We believe he knew how much we deeply loved him and cared for him and hope he hears all the great stories people are remembering about how he touched their lives - it would have made him smile. Services will be on Saturday, August 2, 2014 in Tampa, FL at the Church of the Incarnation. At a later date, his ashes will be interred in his beloved Ireland.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Aug. 1, 2014
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