Obituary for Craig Richard Smith
Craig R. Smith, 64, of 2431 Hancock Road, Hancock, died at Berkshire Medical Center on April 30, 2017, surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in the North Adams Regional Hospital on June 26, 1952, he was the son of Francis “Mickey” Smith and the late Constance L. (Beverly) Smith.
The Family moved to Glen Rock, New Jersey in 1957 when his father was hired as a teacher and football coach at the borough’s new high school. Craig graduated from that Glen Rock High School in 1970, where he played varsity football and baseball. One of his greatest thrills was as a player on the Glen Rock baseball team that was crowned New Jersey State Champions.
He attended Springfield College where he participated in varsity baseball. After college he coached football and baseball for a number of years until he ventured into the printing industry in New Jersey. In 1985 Craig bought a house and moved to Hancock, Mass. One of his last places of employment was at Excelsior Printing Company in North Adams.
Craig is survived by his father, Coach Francis “Mickey” Smith of Williamstown, his step sister Barbara Booth and step brothers Douglas and James Booth and his brother in law Joseph (Kazia) Fortini; Aunt Loretta Smith and cousins Thomas (Nancy) Smith, William (Esther) Smith, Rosemary (William) Collins; Aunt Marion Beverly and cousins Diane (Richard) Shultz, Dale (Bonnie) Beverly, Judy (John) Creeron, Glenn (Mary) Beverly, Chris (Albert Pulvar) Beverly; Aunt Dorothy Beverly and cousins Nancy Beverly, Bruce (Marilyn) Beverly, Marcia (Kumar Gursahaney) Beverly and many other cousins.
He was predeceased by his mother and also his sister Beverly Ann (Smith) Fortini, his step mother Marion “Tommie” (Thompson) Smith, Uncle John Smith, Aunt Mary “Mae” Burke, Aunt Rose Welch, Uncle Nelson Beverly and Uncle Leon Beverly.
A very sincere thank you is extended to all the nurses and aids at Berkshire Medical Center and to the very caring staff at Williamstown Commons. A special thanks to cousins Stephen Beverly and Mary Beverly, friends Duane and Mary Bailey, David and Barbara Primmer for their kind assistance throughout Craig’s illness.
There will be no calling hours and the funeral will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorial Donations in Craig Smith name are suggested for the New Williamstown House of History at the Little Red School through the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home 74 Marshall St. North Adams,MA. 0147
Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.