Richard H. Craig Sr.

HAMILTON - Richard H. Craig Sr., 74, of Hamilton Square, died at home on Friday, March 7, 2014 following a brief illness.
Mr. Craig was born in Hightstown, to the late William Grimshaw and Ella Cora Bell Hallock Craig and lived in New Jersey and New York throughout his youth. Following his marriage to Marian Patricia Farina, the couple resided in New Jersey throughout their 52 years of marriage.
Mr. Craig enjoyed his career as an analytical inorganic chemist. Mr. Craig retired from fulltime employment in 2012 where he worked at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development as Assistant Chief-Program Manager of PEOSH and Mine Safety Training. He also served as a member of the OSHA Emergency Response Team following the 911 attack on the World Trade Center, New York City in 2011. Previously employed at General Battery Corporation, Frye Metals, Inc., and NL Industries, Mr. Craig held several patents related to battery grid development. Additionally, he was the owner and proprietor of Nate's Pub, Inc., in Hamilton Township from 1985 to 1994.
Mr. Craig was an active member and current officer of the Gothic Fraternal Lodge No. 270 of the Free and Accepted Masons. Additionally, Mr. Craig was a member and former trustee of the Hamilton Elks Lodge 2262, Hamilton Township. Mr. Craig was also a past member of the National Wartime Union of America, AFL-CIO having worked as a New York Merchant Marine.
Richard is survived by his wife, Marian Patricia Farina Craig, his daughter, Cheryl Anne Craig of Ewing, his daughter and son-in-law, Linda and James Chesko of Yardville, and his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Pamela Craig Jr., of Florence; grandsons, Michael Van Norman and his wife Christina of Las Vegas, Nev., Richard H. Craig III of Atlanta, Ga., and Brian Chesko of Yardville; granddaughters, Jennifer Chesko of Yardville and Julia Craig of Florence; and great-grandchildren, Maya Van Norman and Travis Andersen. He is also survived by cousins, Blacey and Rita Farina of Mercerville, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, William Grimshaw and Ella Cora Bell Hallock Craig, his brother, William Craig and sisters, Lorraine Bronish, Audrey Borsuk and Beverly Collis.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, at Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square. Entombment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum in Hamilton. Family and friends may call on Tuesday, March 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Wednesday, March 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at Saul Colonial Home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Richard's memory to the Masonic Home of New Jersey, 902 Jacksonville Road, Burlington Township, NJ 08016; or The Lustgarten Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714
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Published in The Trentonian on Mar. 9, 2014