Harry Craige was born on April 28, 1934 in Islay Alberta to parents Harold Bevin Craige and Therese Anna de Delley. Harry spent his childhood days growing up on the Dewberry, Alberta farm with his brother Bruce and sisters Jean and June. At the ripe old age of 17, Harry decided to leave the farm to go north to Yellowknife where he got a job in a gold mine. Three years later in 1957, he came to Salmo where he met and married his wife Elaine. The day after the nuptials, the newlyweds started the process to move to Elliott Lake Ontario for Harry to work in the Uranium mines. Both Harry and Elaine’s children Betty and Dale were born during their time in Ontario. After the mines closed down in Ontario, they came back to beautiful BC and found themselves at home back in Salmo. Harry worked several years at the Cominco mines in Salmo, Trail and Kimberly. From Kimberly, he got a job with Anvil Mines and he moved his family to Faro Yukon where they lived for several years. In 1971 they moved to Williams Lake where Harry worked for Gibraltar Mines. After leaving Gibraltar, Harry worked for a company based out of Kamloops that had Harry working at a mine in Stewart BC. After that, Harry took a contract with a mine in Chile. When he came back, he went to Kinross gold mine in Quesnel until his retirement in 1998. In 2012 Harry and Elaine moved to Kelowna where they lived until Harry’s passing. Throughout his life, Harry was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. He passed the love of his outdoors to his children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren.
Harry passed away suddenly in Kelowna, BC on Monday, December 28, 2015 at the age of 81. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elaine; son Dale Craige and his daughters Natasha and Niki; daughter Betty Engemoen and her daughter Jenny (Ryan) Schmalz and great grandchildren Carson and Mia. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 8th at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1T2. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”
The service for CRAIGE, Harry is scheduled for Friday, January 8th at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.