Craig Stephen Francis Brucker
September 4, 1946 ~ April 25, 2011
Craig Brucker passed away suddenly at the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on April 25, 2011 at the age of 64.
Craig was born in Calgary and received his education there. He joined the Department of Transport at the age of 18 as a meteorological technician and was stationed at Sach’s Harbour and Coppermine (Kugluktuk), Northwest Territories. He also worked on the Coastguard weatherships and was later transferred to Port Hardy. Craig moved to Port McNeill to pursue other career opportunities. Craig and his family moved to Creston in 1991.
Always on the lookout for new adventures, Craig experienced a wide variety of jobs in his life – service station management, forest service, self-employment in the towing and auto wrecking industry, chef and waiter, logging, trail construction and various agricultural endeavours. His most challenging and enjoyable job was being house-husband for a couple of years. He and his children had many happy adventures together. Craig was very proud of his son’s and daughter’s accomplishments.
Craig had many interests and hobbies. He especially enjoyed the outdoors; hunting, fishing and bird watching. One of his greatest passions was flying. His goal was to become a commercial pilot but this plan was foiled by poor eyesight. Poor health forced Craig to slow down and he took up gardening both indoors and outdoors. He enjoyed playing games and reading about Canadian history.
Craig was a gregarious, kind-hearted and generous person. He enjoyed socializing with friends and strangers alike. Craig had been involved in many volunteer activities over the years; Creston Public Library, Creston Kaminiho Friendship Society, Creston Valley Thunder, Fall Fair, Blossom Festival, PAWS, Yahk Winter Festival, CIDO Radio Society and the NDP.
Craig will be missed by his many friends on Vancouver Island and in Creston.
Craig was predeceased by his parents Edie and Joe Brucker, his brother Ric Fryer, his sister Diane and nephews Skip and Perry.
He is survived by his wife Brenda, his children Steven and Tanya, mother-in-law Bernice Ridley, sister-in-law Shirl Fryer, nephew Eric and cousin Jim Gospidor, along with numerous other family members.
There will be no funeral service at Craig’s request. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Donations to the Creston PAWS will be kindly accepted in Craig’s name.
Arrangements entrusted to Heritage Funeral Homes, Calgary, AB.