James C. Craig
September 30, 1916 – March 12, 2016
James C. Craig, age 99, of Newark, DE, passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2016.
He was born in Altoona, PA, in 1916, the son of the late James G. Craig and Edith R. (Crowell) Craig.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Craig was predeceased by his wife of 77 years, Martha (Bigum) Craig. He is survived by his son, Ronald J. Craig (Carmen) of Middletown, DE; his daughters, Judith A. Gage (Dave) of Anacortes, WA and Sandra R. Craig (the late Jack Penders) of Rose Valley, PA; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
He married Martha Bigum in Barrington, NJ in 1937. They celebrated their 77th anniversary in 2014 just before she passed in November of that year, at home, with her dedicated caregiver, James, by her side.
Mr. Craig served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII, subsequently attending Temple University where he obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for ITE Corporation (which later became Asea Brown Boveri) in Philadelphia and South Carolina from 1945 until his retirement in 1981. He was awarded several patents for circuit breaker equipment during his employment.
James and his wife, Martha, lived in Mt. Ephraim, NJ for 35 years, where their children were born. He was active in the Mt. Ephraim Methodist Church and the local Boy Scout Troop, and was a member of the Mt. Ephraim School Board for over 25 years, serving as President for several of those years.
He moved to Delaware in 1989, after relocating from New Jersey to South Carolina with the company in 1979, where he and Martha have made their home in New Castle, then Newark.
Mr. Craig was a true representative of “The Greatest Generation,” respected and admired by those he touched throughout his life. He was loved and admired as the patriarch of his family, and will be greatly missed. He passed peacefully and with dignity at home.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday morning, March 26, 2016 at the Spicer- Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 11:30 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the First United Methodist Church of Mt. Ephraim, 201 New Jersey Ave., Mt. Ephraim, NJ 08059.