George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
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Wellesley, MA
BENTLEY, Craig Einar Of Wellesley, MA passed away peacefully Thursday, September 9, 2021, surrounded by his family. Born in Madison, WI to Orville and Enolia Bentley, Craig was raised in Ohio, South Dakota, and Illinois and proudly identified as a South Dakotan. After graduating from Urbana High School, Craig attended Dartmouth College where he discovered his enduring love of the mountains. After graduating from Dartmouth in 1972, he worked for Harris Bank in Chicago. His work later took him to Paris and Amsterdam, where he met his wife, Kathy. They discovered a shared love for adventure and embarked on extensive travels throughout Asia, volunteering in refugee camps in Thailand and speaking for USIA in India and Bangladesh. Years later, these experiences served as intriguing stories for family and friends. After their travels, Craig and Kathy established their family home in Wellesley, where they raised their children, Jonathan and Morgan. Craig became an active member of the local community, volunteering with the Wellesley Village Church, World Boston, the Wellesley Community Center, and many other organizations. Craig was passionate about his work at Bates Communications, his dream job, which allowed him to travel extensively, counsel business leaders, and work closely with a team of supportive colleagues. Craig was an avid outdoorsman. Throughout his life, he enjoyed many sports including tennis, sailing, skiing, hiking, and backpacking. While working in Europe, Craig loved exploring the Alps and completed the Tour du Mont Blanc with a close friend. Stateside, Craig cherished the White Mountains and was fiercely proud of climbing 43 of New Hampshire's 4,000 footers following treatment for his initial cancer diagnosis in 2005. In addition to hiking year-round, Craig spent his winter weekends skiing with his family in the Mount Washington Valley. He even had the gumption to attempt an ascent of Mount Rainier despite a torn Achilles tendon. Craig is survived by Kathy, his loving wife of 38 years, his son Jonathan (wife Sarah) of Weston, daughter Morgan of Wellesley, and brother Peter (wife Sherri) of Montana. He was overjoyed by the birth of his grandson, Calder, in June 2021. Services celebrating Craig's life will be held Thursday, September 23 at 2pm at the Wellesley Village Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Craig's name to the Dartmouth Outing Club or the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. For online guestbook, George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781 235 4100

Published by Boston Globe from Sep. 11 to Sep. 19, 2021.
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I was so sorry to hear of Craig´s death. We roomed together for a year at Dartmouth College. Stories could be told but not without self-incrimination. From Craig´s subsequent adventures it is clear that he had a wonderful spirit for living life to the fullest. All who knew Craig are better for it.
Tom Shade
October 7, 2021
Craig was a good friend from Dartmouth College whom I enjoyed seeing as his life´s experiences unfolded. His positive attitude and sparkle were contagious. I was just laughing and reminiscing about Craig with his old college roommate, Tom Shade. Craig lived a full life. God bless.
Allen Larson
October 7, 2021
So sorry for you and your family, Kathy.
Judy Connor
October 3, 2021
Craig was a genuinely kind and gentle person who always thought of others first. Our time with Craig through Wellesley and Indian Princess events will always be held dear and remembered fondly. We send our love to Kathy, Morgan and Jonathan in this difficult time.
Mary Jane and Bill McPhee
October 2, 2021
Craig was a giant among people, and a gentle and kind one, too. I was blessed to call him "friend".
Margaret Boles Fitzgerald
September 25, 2021
The Leadership of BCBSSC
September 20, 2021
Kathy and family Truly shocked to pick up the newspaper yesterday and read about Craig's death. Beginning with our mornings of meeting each other at Croton and Pine and continuing for many years, we spent many enjoyable moments together.
Patrick Dowdall
September 13, 2021
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