Craig Edward Whitney
November 6, 1945 – June 10, 2019
Craig Whitney, a life-long Colorado Springs resident, business and community leader, died at home on Monday, June 10, 2019, from complications of cardiac arrest. Craig died as he lived surrounded by his family and his devoted friends.
Craig is survived by his wife, Penny, four of his five children, Kara (Sean) Carroll, Grant (Stephanie) Whitney, Chase Whitney, and Paige Whitney, and six wonderful grandchildren: Turner Whitney, Noah Carroll, Connor Carroll, Leighton Whitney, Piper Whitney, and Samantha Whitney. Craig was preceded in death by his beloved son Kyle who died on April 11, 2019. Craig is also survived by his sister Beth (Jim) Cunningham and was preceded in death by his sister Karen Gilbert. Craig loved his family and his community! Following his graduation from Cornell College, Craig returned to Colorado Springs where he would become a recognized business and community leader. During his professional life, Craig was involved in innumerable community activities, always true to his commitment to be a “good community citizen”. Countless people and numerous Colorado Springs organizations benefitted from Craig’s commitment to others. With Craig’s more than forty years of active business and civic engagement, the list is long. Craig’s loyal commitment to community and others is best exemplified by the honor of Life Achievement Award given him by the Salvation Army for his untiring leadership of the Colorado Springs Salvation Army Advisory Board. In addition to the Salvation Army, other organizations Craig served as president or leadership roles include: National Electrical Contractors Association, Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Downtown Rotary Club, Pikes Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, El Paso Club, Winter Night Club, Grace Episcopal Church, St. George’s Anglican Church, North-End Home Owners’ Association, El Paso County Republican Party. Craig was a “doer”! Craig never stepped away from life! Craig will be remembered for his sense of humor, his indefatigable work ethic, and his legacy of service.
Craig knew the joy of family, the call of commitment, the warmth of friendship! Craig Whitney will be remembered and missed by many!
Memorial services for Craig are scheduled for Saturday, July 27, 1:00pm, Shove Chapel, Colorado College. A celebration of life reception at the El Paso Club, hosted by many of Craig’s friends, will immediately follow the Shove Chapel service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Craig’s honor to: St. George’s Anglican Church New Priest Internship Program; the Salvation Army El Paso County, the Rotary of Colorado Springs Community Service Fund; Cornell College Annual Fund.
- Harold Whitney, Father (deceased)
- Elizabeth Whitney, Mother (deceased)
- Penny Whitney, Wife
- Kara (Sean) Carroll, Daughter
- Grant (Stephanie) Whitney, Son
- Chase Whitney, Son
- Paige Whitney, Daughter
- Kyle Whitney, Son (deceased)
- Turner Whitney, Grandchild
- Noah Carroll, Grandchild
- Connor Carroll, Grandchild
- Leighton Whitney, Grandchild
- Piper Whitney, Grandchild
- Samantha Whitney, Grandchild
- Beth (Jim) Cunningham, Sister
- Karen Gilbert, Sister (deceased)
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 27, 2019
- Reception Saturday, July 27, 2019
Craig Edward Whitney
July 26, 2019
Craig was a dear and trusted friend with a great sense of humor. No matter what was going on, he always had a funny comment ready. I know how devoted he was to his family because every time we talked he mentioned them and how they were doing. He had a big heart and invested a great deal of time helping others. I will always miss him.
July 24, 2019
Craig was active in many community activities that Bob and I attended so we had many opportunities to enjoy talking to him. That always included a good laugh! We have missed seeing him in the last few months, but we have wonderful memories of his kindnesses and his generous support of Colorado Springs.
June 28, 2019
I’ve known Craig for many years going back to United Bank. He was on the Board of Directors and I was just starting my career in banking. Like the others who have shared their memories, I think of Craig’s warm unpretentious personality and his great sense of humor. In the many years that have passed, Craig and Penny and I have shared a love for Boston Terriers. Many times while I was walking my Boston down Tejon St, Craig would stop and chat and we would have a laugh or two. More frequently though, he would just slow his vehicle, roll down his window and throw out a dog biscuit. Quite often they would land just a few feet from the surprised and grateful dog. To understand the humor, elegance, generosity and athletic ability of such a gesture is to understand how much the world has lost. And how much we will all miss Craig.
June 15, 2019
I knew Craig Whitney because I work at the community in which he was residing. When Mr. Whitney would drive in...the wind blowing, raining, storming...he'd stop his vehicle and say hi, ask how I was and then ask..."Are you enjoying this nice weather?" His sense of humor was the best! There was a time when a decorative light in his yard got ran over by a vehicle. He has lots of these lights around the border of his lawn. Mr. Whitney walked up to the person who ran it over and says..."Well, that was my favorite one!" Mr. Whitney didn't really care it got ran over...he knew it could be replaced...but he was making light of the situation again with his sense of humor. I didn't know Mr. Whitney wasn't doing well, but now that I think of it I haven't seen him in a while. I thought maybe he was busy doing other things so this comes as a shock to me. When I told my coworkers about Mr. Whitney's jokes I told them I wish I could have that sense of humor myself someday! Mr. Whitney, thank you for talking with me, being a friend and spreading such a great sense of humor! You're a wonderful guy and will be missed!
June 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss Whitney family. Craig was always so nice to me through the years. He had an infectious sense of humor and a gift of making people laugh. I will always remember fondly our days of having lunch together at the round table.
Rest in peace my friend.
June 14, 2019
3d generation Rotarian. Served our community well, as did his father and grandfather. Willing to consider other’s viewpoints. I will miss you, Craig.
June 13, 2019
Our family was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to know Mr. Whitney for many years. He will always be remembered by us as being a kind man who loved his family dearly and was very proud of all of his kids accomplishments. Thankfully Annie and I had a chance to visit with Craig a few weeks before he passed. We spent about an hour with him talking about his children, their many accomplishments and his love of his grandchildren. His smile was infectious and we left feeling so good about how well he seemed to be doing, I think it was the talk about his kids and grandkids that gave him joy and so much pride and just brought a smile to his face. We are grateful for the years we have known Craig and will miss him dearly.
Rest In Peace our dear friend.
The Kiemel Family...Tom, Annie, Nick, Noah and Thomas
June 13, 2019
I met Craig when he was a young man in June of 1974 when he was a member of the selection committee for electrical Apprentices. I was selected and had the good fortune to work at Whitney Electric. It was an established and respected business in our community. I recall Craig's Father and Uncle, Harold and Winston were always impeccably dressed in white shirts and ties. Craig was a handsome guy that was quick to smile and tell a joke or two.
There are hundreds of guys like me that owe a debt of gratitude to Craig and the Whitney Family for providing an opportunity to work and grow in our community.
Rest in peace my friend Craig E Whitney