Waterford - Craig Owen Vine, 77, of Waterford, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014.
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He was born June 27, 1936, in New London, son of Maude (Leuba) and Wilfred Vine. He graduated from Mitchell College and attended the University of Bridgeport and Connecticut College.
Craig served in the Army spending time in Germany. He worked at Connecticut College as the arboretum's horticultural assistant for 36 years from 1968 until 2004. Craig traveled to Africa, and after retirement traveled many times to Ireland.
Craig loved singing Irish folk songs. He was a member of the Waterford Senior Singers. Craig enjoyed reading, especially about astronomy and science fiction, and he was a talented artist.
Craig was predeceased by his sister, Virginia Hay, and brother-in-law, Walter Hay Jr.
Craig is survived by his nephew, Walter C. Hay III of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; his niece, Susan Hay McGuire and her husband, John McGuire, of Waterford; as well as his grandniece, Kristin Hay Campbell and her husband, Cliff Campbell; and his great-grandnephew, Luke Campbell; his grandnephew, Walter C. Hay IV; and his grandnieces, Sarah and Danielle McGuire.
A memorial service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in the Seventh Day Baptist Church, 206 Great Neck Road, Waterford. Calling hours are from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Ave., New London. Interment will be in West Neck Cemetery at the convenience of his family.
Condolence messages may be left on Mr. Vine's memorial page at www.neilanfueralhome.com.
Published in The Day on May 28, 2014
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue New London, CT 06320