John George "Jack" CRAIG
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CRAIG, John "Jack" George November 8, 1935 - May 9, 2019 Jack died peacefully on May 9, 2019 after a long struggle with cancer. Much loved husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife Dianne, sons Brad and Robert, sister Edna, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Born in Oakville, Manitoba, he began life as a farmer but soon went back to school, earning his PhD. Jack had a long and accomplished career as a Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto, becoming an internationally-recognized authority in the field of co-operatives. He served on the Board of Directors of Alterna Credit Union and The Co- operators Insurance Company. Jack and his wife Dianne were dedicated global travellers and visited every continent during their 60 years of marriage. Jack's profound goodness and decency, his respect for other people and cultures, and his dedication to the betterment of humanity, served as an example to all who knew him. Jack often expressed his amazement and gratitude for the wonderful life he had led. There will be a Celebration of Life from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 23, 2019 at Turner & Porter Peel Chapel (2180 Hurontario St., N. of QEW) Mississauga. Donations in Jack's memory may be made to The Ontario Credit Union Foundation (

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Published in Toronto Star on May 13, 2019.
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June 12, 2019
Dianne we exprss our deepest sympathy at this
very sad difficult time.Sorry this is lat but we were away. Thinking of you and your family. God Bless
Doug & Pat McCormick
May 28, 2019
I mourn the loss of a valued colleague and friend.
Michael Lanphier
May 23, 2019
Jack, rest in peace. You're gone, but never forgotten.

We all remember your contributions to the Department of Sociology and we all have nothing but memories of you ...
Lawrence Lam
May 22, 2019
I was very saddened to receive this news. Jack and I were colleagues for many years, especially on the Co-op Futures Project, and various initiatives of the Co-op College of Canada, and at York.
My most sincere condolences to Dianne and family.
John Jordan
P.S.: I am abroad and much regret my being unable to attend the memorial service.
May 19, 2019
Very sad - and even sadder that we only knew Jack for fifteen years but oh, he taught us so much about the world, and how to enjoy and understand it in that short time. Love and sympathy to all his family and friends.
Ruth and Ron Bonner
May 17, 2019
Please accept our condolences Dianne & family,during our days on the Co-operators Board Don & I had the opportunity to get to know and really care for you and Jack.It must have been his farm background that made him "take to us farmers---LOL"
Dona Stewardson
May 14, 2019
60 years ago, Dianne, thank you for having chosen Jack to be my brother-in-law.
Over those years, always easygoing with a smile on his face, armed with his legendary patience and tenacity, he was a mentor, a teacher, and always a friend. Thank you, Jack, for being the person you were.
John Pearson
May 14, 2019
Dianne: Our sympathy to you and your family. Jack was a wonderful friend and colleague. His expertise and understanding will be missed by all who knew him. Our sympathy.
Rodger and Mary Schwass
May 13, 2019
My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort sustain you during this difficult time and beyond.
May 13, 2019
I was saddened today to hear of Jack's passing. I worked with Jack on the Foundation Board back in the late 1980's and Found his cheerful but thoughtful ways a great influence on all of us. Both he and Dianne were a powerhouse of talent and I know he will be missed by family and friends. All my best to Dianne and family.
Tony Niessen
May 13, 2019
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Jack. He was a lifetime member of the Ontario Credit Union Foundation and served for years on our Board of Directors. He was a tireless ambassador and cheerleader for the cooperative sector.

Our condolences go out to Dianne and the family.
Clayton Shold
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