The funeral service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend. Please click HERE to find the link that will go live just before the service is to begin.
It is with deep sadness that we wish to share with you the peaceful passing of Mary Craig, 84, of St. John’s, NL on August 23, 2023, at home and with her family by her side. Courageous, resilient, and graceful to the end, her gentleness, kindness and warmth continued to impact the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know her.
Mary was born to the late Margaret and Edward Kavanagh of Bell Island. She married her husband, the love of her life, Aiden Craig, in 1960 and they were blessed with three children. Mary was predeceased by her loving son, Aiden; her siblings, Phonse, Joe, Bob, Carmel, Frances, and Veronica; and her sister-in-law, Joan. She is survived by her husband Aiden; daughters Catherine (Ian McKinnon), Judy (Carl Sheppard); and daughter-in-law, Kim Taggart Craig. She enjoyed a unique and special relationship with each of her eight grandchildren, Kyle (Sarah), Aaron (Vanessa), Christian, Aiden, Emily, Mairi (Isaac), Sarah (Sam), and Riley (Robin); along with her two great-grandchildren, Willa and Cabot. Also left to mourn are her brother, Don (Barbara); sister, Madeline; brothers-in-law, Martin, Dan, Pat, Phil, and Shawn; and sisters-in-law, Beth and Marg. She will also be fondly remembered by many other members of the extended Kavanagh and Craig families and a large circle of friends, including special friends, Jim and Maureen Dunne.
Mary was born a natural teacher and taught for 37 years until she retired in 1992. At the age of 43, while studying beside her three children, she returned to Memorial University and earned her Master of Education Degree. She was a uniquely gifted math teacher who encouraged her students to achieve their personal best while imparting to them the important things in life like kindness, generosity, love and friendship. Mary’s teaching career began at Immaculate Conception School on Bell Island followed by St. Pat’s, Our Lady of Mercy and Holy Heart of Mary High School. During the last few years of her career, she worked at the Roman Catholic School Board in St. John’s and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the School Board’s Enrichment Program. Following her retirement, she returned to Memorial University once again, this time, to teach in the Education Department.
Mary’s family and her multitude of friends brought her the greatest joy. She was a wonderful host who cherished every opportunity to welcome people into her home. Her baked goods, in particular, were savoured by friends, family and strangers alike. Mary also loved music and made it part of her life at every opportunity. As an accomplished pianist and singer, she nurtured her love of music in her children and her grandchildren. Her commitment to her faith and strong sense of spirituality and compassion enabled her to always bring out the best in people, refusing negativity and always seeing the positive in everyone she encountered.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the excellent and compassionate health care team that supported Mom over the past several years, especially Drs. Matthew Ryan, Bryan Curtis and Joy McCarthy and most recently, the Eastern Health Palliative Care Team.
Visitation will be held on Monday, August 28th, from 12-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road in St. John’s.
The funeral mass will take place at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist on Tuesday, August 29th, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. It will be livestreamed from the Basilica. Inurnment to follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Flowers would be gratefully appreciated or donations in Mary’s memory may be made to The Gathering Place or to the Dr. H. Bliss Cancer Care Foundation.
Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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Basilica of St. John the Baptist
Interment to follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery