William (“Bill”) Craig, Jr., 89, died peacefully at home on Monday after a valiant fight with Parkinson’s disease. Born on September 25, 1930 to William Craig, Sr. of Belfast, Ireland and Edith (Miller) Marino of Lyme, he lived in New London until joining the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. In 1953, while stationed at Fort Knox, he met and married the love of his life, Mary Ann (Mattingly). Bill enjoyed trips to Gold Crown Billiards, Michael’s Dairy and McCook’s Beach, buying and selling antiques, and doing Crossword puzzles in pen. He retired from Electric Boat in Groton in the early 2000s after 45 years of service. A loving husband, doting dad, and fervent friend, Bill had a ready smile, an Irishman’s stubbornness, and the ability to sing a line from a song when given one word – any word. He was a lifelong lover of music, particularly orchestrations from the Big Band era, and Johnny Cash. Predeceased by his parents, he is survived by Mary Ann, his devoted wife of 66 years, daughters Renya Craig (Dale) of Silver City, New Mexico, Sharon Teel (Michael) of Salem, Nancy Craig of Quaker Hill, and a son, William J. Craig (Kris) of Gales Ferry; 5 Grandchildren: Heather Jessop (Rob) of Salem, Matthew Teel (Allyson) of Cheshire, Jordan Teel (Tegan) of Charlotte, NC, Steven Hodge of Groton, Kevin Hodge of Brooklyn, NY, and Eitra Kennedy of Valencia, CA; 7 Great-Grandchildren: Ryan, Makayla, Zachary, Kaitlyn, Jackson, Hailey, and Sloane. Special thanks to Dr. Brenda Applegate, Dr. Maria Moro-de-Casillas, the compassionate and caring staff of Hartford Healthcare Hospice at Home, and Pastor John Ludka from Community Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life will be held in Salem on Saturday, August 1. Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester.
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