Craig Lee Stafford

craig stafford

July 31, 1948 ~ August 2, 2023

Born in: Mecca, CA
Resided in: Greece, NY

Craig Lee Stafford, 75, of Greece, New York, passed away on August 2, 2023.

 

Craig was born on July 31, 1948, to Bonneta and Earl Stafford in Mecca, California. He graduated from Greece Olympia High School in Rochester, New York in 1966 and later attended Clarkson College and the University of Rochester. He worked as a tool and die designer and computer programmer for many years.

 

Craig expressed his individuality freely and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family. In his youth, Craig enjoyed communicating as a ham radio operator which combined his interest in electronics with his ability for great conversation. Later, he enjoyed long-distance bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, skydiving, woodworking, and photography.

 

Throughout is his life, Craig enjoyed listening to music and watching movies and he could quote lines from many of them. One of his favorite musicians was Bob Dylan. In the words of his song, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall,

 

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son…

And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it

And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it…

It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.

 

Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Bonneta and Earl Stafford. He is survived by his sisters, Dale Stafford and Shelley Bonacci, and six nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed.

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  1. Craig, I was lucky enough to get to know you. I will always remember your knowledge of everything and your love for your sisters.

  2. Meeting Craig in Iroquois Middle School about 1960 was a great gift to me. He was my longest and dearest friend. Always generous of spirit, full of knowledge, with a great sense of humor that could kerp me laughing for hours leaves me full of gratitude for such meaningful friendship. I will miss Craig for the remainder of my life.

  3. Meeting Craig in Iroquois Middle School about 1960 was a great gift to me. He was my longest and dearest friend. Always generous of spirit, full of knowledge, with a great sense of humor that could keep me laughing for hours leaves me full of gratitude for such meaningful friendship. I will miss Craig for the remainder of my life.


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