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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Neil Craigie

April 19, 2021

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NEIL CRAIGIE

April 14 1949 - April 19 2021



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Neil Trussler Craigie, taken from his beloved family after a courageous battle with cancer.

Neil was born and raised in Richvale, Ontario and later moved with family to an acreage just south of Aurora, Ontario. The experience of being raised on an acreage, with a very outdoorsy Scottish father, instilled in Neil a deep love of nature and solitude. His family always had pets around including a baby raccoon, garter snakes, a snapping turtle, along with the usual cats and dogs. He developed a strong work ethic in his youth by working as a weekend & summer gardener from the age of 12-18 at Don Head Farms. During these early years, he developed an inborn adeptness in creating, building, and repairing anything with almost nothing to work with. He was masterfully skilled with his hands and so knowledgeable in all things practical.

After graduating from high school, Neil worked briefly with CN Rail in Maple, Ontario and then moved on to work with Canada Post; with over 34 years of dedicated service, mostly as a letter carrier. In the mid-1970s, along with his best friend, he discovered the quiet beauty and ruggedness of Saskatchewan and from that moment on never left.

Neil had a wry sense of humour, an interesting point of view on varied topics and was a great story teller. Most of all Neil loved nature & enjoyed retreating to the country. He worked so hard to build and create a wonderful and comfortable home away from home. He made it lovely for his young family & later, his loving companion, Lyn.

Neil will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him. He leaves behind his loving companion Lyn Fleming; daughter Kristen (Kelly) Craigie and grandson Noah Singer; son Ry (Janene and daughter Caydence) and grandson Alex Craigie of Calgary; sister Cynthia (Ted) Smith of Guelph, ON; brother Alan (Wendy) Craigie of Shining Tree, ON; former spouse Margaret Craigie and numerous friends and extended family. Neil was predeceased by his parents James and Irene (nee Hopkins) Craigie.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the entire medical team that helped Neil with his final journey. No funeral service will be held at this time. Arrangements in care of Aimé Laventure – Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Margaret Bohun

April 25, 2021 9:03 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all of Neil’s family. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Neil was our neighbour when he was out at the farm. We have many memories of his visits, stories and “ideas”. Even after my parents moved to Hafford, my mom enjoyed and has many fond memories of his visits. Rest In Peace Neil.

Rose Novakowski, Margaret (Novakowski) and Dennis Bohun, Joe and Wanda Novakowski and families

Larry Sather

April 25, 2021 8:39 AM

 I will miss you Neil we had great times working together at Canada Post at the East Depot

Jerome and Gayle (Vinish)

April 24, 2021 6:37 PM

We were so sorry to  hear of Neil's passing.  He was a good friend and co-worker and will be forever remembered  with loving thoughts.    His sense of humour  and his  many stories of his youth and work career  will be remembered.  He took pride in his work and loved talking about his children and grandchildren.   May all the memories of Neil be treasured and be a comfort to his family in the years to come.   

Pat & Terry Patterson

April 24, 2021 9:24 AM

So sorry to hear of Neil's passing. We both worked alongside Neil at Canada Post for many years and enjoyed his wry sense of humour and story telling. The time we were invited up to the "farm" was especially memorable. May you find comfort in your love and memories. 

Cynthia Smith

April 23, 2021 9:44 AM

I have many fond memories of Neil as a child, always outdoors even at 6am playing in the fields, climbing trees, sometimes getting stuck in them or falling out of them. He also loved building things and making detailed drawings of his creations , featuring labels such as dodads, thingmejigs.  He was always the practical, meticulous one.
He will be missed.

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