John Craig Sterling

John Craig Sterling, born March 30, 1954, died peacefully, Monday, March 18th, at the age of 58. John grew up in Schuyler, NY, earned his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, and his master's degree from Saint Rose College in Albany, NY.

John worked at the NY State Department of Health for more than 30 years. He was also secretary for the Albany Masonic Lodge and an avid volunteer in his community. He recently retired to Indian Harbour Beach, FL, where he continued to volunteer with the local Azan Shrine Temple.

He leaves behind his daughter, Rebecca (Brendan Hughes); son, Carl (Evelyn); and beloved grandson, Ethan Sterling. He also leaves his mother, Carol; brother, Jeff; sister, Lauren Tennant (Scott Staffa); and is predeceased by his father, John M. Sterling. He leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves beloved K9 companions, Jeter and Dolly.

In remembrance of John, the family will hold an open house memorial on Friday, March 22 from 3:00-7:00PM at 952 Flotilla Club Drive, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John's name to: Office of Development, Shriners Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

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Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 21, 2013