OBITUARY

Craig Michael Vecchiola

March 8, 1951June 18, 2018

It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the passing of our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Craig Michael Vecchiola passed away on Monday, June 18th, at the age of 67 after a two and a half year battle with prostate cancer.

Our faith provides comfort that Craig is at peace with our Lord & Savior.

Craig was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on March 8, 1951 to Charles and Frances Vecchiola. He was the youngest of 3 children and was preceded in death by his parents and his precious sister, Carol. He is survived by his brother, Charles, as well as by his wife of 36 years, Lorraine, and their children, Cristen (Dustin) and Michael (Sarah). Craig has always had a special relationship with his nieces and nephews and we are all grieving his loss.

Craig graduated from Fox Chapel High School in Pittsburgh in 1969 and from John Carroll University in 1974. He began his long and successful career in Mortgage Banking as a Loan Officer. In 1982, Craig was offered a job with Merrill Lynch managing their Pittsburgh Mortgage offices. In 1984 he transferred to Dallas and began to build on his opportunity.

Craig built a legacy of strong, successful, profitable and reputable business ventures through his professional and personal relationships with his bright, motivated and loyal team. His career took him from Merrill Lynch to Shawmut & Accubanc in 1987. In October of 1995, Craig & his friend and partner, Bill Harrington, opened their own Mortgage Company, Muirfield Mortgage.

Muirfield was a great adventure and very successful until in December of 1999, they agreed to sell their company to National City which brought them back to working with well respected friends & colleagues. As the business changed, Craig opted to finish his career at Colonial National Mortgage. He retired in 2015 after 40 years in the industry.

Craig loved his golf & his time with his golf buddies throughout the years. He played regularly at Prestonwood Country Club. He loved his Pittsburgh Steelers and we watched every game, every season, unless he was flying up to the game in person. He loved his Dallas Stars & the Pittsburgh Penguins and we enjoyed season tickets since the Stars arrived in Dallas. Craig loved his fishing trips to Boca with Leo & Buck & Steve, etc. He organized an annual “Beer-Fishing Man Trip” to the Red Fish Lodge for Michael, Dustin, & friends, Ryan & Sanders, as well as his beloved nephews, Anthony, Chris and Eric. He became “The Craig-Man” and those trips were the best!

Craig loved his family. He hung on for 1 last Father’s Day then he was ready to go. We will miss him forever but trust that he is at peace until we meet again.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donation to The 1 Million for Anna Foundation 15301 Dallas Parkway #1100 Addison, Texas 75001 US https://www.1million4anna.org or The Samaritan Inn 1710 North McDonald Street McKinney, Texas 75071 US www.thesamaritaninn.org..

A Funeral Mass honoring Craig will be held Friday, June 29, 2018 at 3PM at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 5100 West Plano Parkway Plano, Texas. Following the funeral mass a reception, celebrating Craig’s wonderful life, will be held at Prestonwood Country Club 15909 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.teddickeywestfuneral.com for the Vecchiola family.

  • FAMILY

  • Frances Vecchiola, Mother
  • Charles Vecchiola, Father
  • Lorraine Vecchiola, Wife
  • Craig Michael Vecchiola, Son
  • Cristen Vecchiola, Daughter
  • Sarah Vecchiola, Daughter-In-Law
  • Dustin Misencik, Son-In-Law
  • Carol Raber, Sister
  • Charles Vecchiola, Brother
  • Mr. Vecchiola also leaves to cherish his memory; nephews Anthony, Chris and Eric, niece; Lisa and many extended family and friends.

Services

  • Funeral Mass Friday, June 29, 2018
  • Reception Celebrating Craig’s Wonderful Life Friday, June 29, 2018
REMEMBERING

Craig Michael Vecchiola

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Holly Callia

July 6, 2018

It was my good fortune to work for Craig at National City. He was an incredible friend and leader.
I will be forever grateful for his support and guidance in the days and months following Hurricane Katrina.
Even after we went separate ways in 2008 he remained a loyal friend and advisor.
I have happy memories of our Platinum Circle trips and a special trip to Houston for an Astros - Red Sox game with Craig and Cristen in 2008. My thoughts and prayers are with you- Lorraine, Cristen, Michael, family and friends. Rest In Peace dear friend.

Diana Herring

June 29, 2018

My heart goes out to all the family, hugs to each and every one of you. After working together for over 30yrs...Craig was like a brother, like a father, a mentor, a teacher, a friend. He was everything to me.
Like a brother: always teasing, laughing having a great time
Like a father: wouldn't let me get way with anything..I was scolded when I needed to be
A mentor and teacher: I know the mortgage business because of Craig and Bill and...save your money, max your 401k...life lessons.
A friend: he was very giving, trusting, loving...
With everything he was to me..he will always be the "Big Kahuna"...larger than life.
You will be missed by many

Mike Jackman

June 26, 2018

Craig was one of the finest gentleman and certainly one of the finest mortgage bankers I have ever had the privilege of knowing. He was always very straight forward, never took himself too seriously, and was just a great guy in every sense. His passing is a great loss.


Mike Jackman

Lisa Mattich

June 25, 2018

I met Craig 20 years ago. I had the great fortune of having Craig and is awesome family as neighbors. We spent many Pittsburgh Steeler football games with the Vecchiola's and were lucky enough to be invited to Stars Games with them throughout the years. I'm not sure how my husband Jeff will get through the upcoming football and hockey seasons without his dear friend. I will miss Craig's smile and laugh the most. I don't remember ever seeing him without a smile. He was our 13 year old dog Katie's favorite person. She would whimper with excitement and practically knock him down every time she would see him! It has been a pleasure getting to know his wonderful kids Michael and wife Sarah and Cristen and husband Dustin and of course Lorraine. It has truly been a blessing. They will hopefully always be a part of our lives. Rest in peace dear friend.

Raymond and Carol Mattich

June 24, 2018

Sorry for you loss
I met Craig though my brother Jeff, who was his neighbor and became good friends, since they were both from Pittsburgh. We enjoyed his company in Dallas and when he came to Pittsburgh for the Steeler games. He would meet us atTwin Oaks , because he like the chicken wings . We will truly miss him when we visit Dallas

Denise Campbell

June 23, 2018

I feel very fortunate to have worked for Craig at National City & Colonial National Mortgage. He was a highly respected man with the best sense of humor. He made everyone that met him feel important, thus creating loyalty wherever he went. He could come up with a solution to any mortgage problem. His loss is unmeasurable. Blessings to his family but know you all have an angel watching over you now.

Tom Narducci

June 21, 2018

I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Craig was so much fun at John Carroll as he kept many of us always laughing. May his family be consoled by the fact he is leaving such a great legacy behind. The Pittsburgh connection from JCU will miss him dearly. Rest in peace brother.

Mark Dinkins

June 21, 2018

Craig Vecchiola was truly one of the greatest guys I have ever known! I worked with Craig at AccuBanc and National City and continue to laugh when I remember stories from those years. His sense of humor was unsurpassed. Craig was an extraordinary servant leader and relationship manager and the salesforce he built and supported at multiple companies represented the highest caliber of professional people – all of whom he considered friends as well as team members. Appropriately – all exhibited great loyalty to Craig and his effective leadership. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Craig – he will remain in my heart always as one of the good guys – and will be sorely missed! May light perpetual shine upon him !

Janet Walter

June 21, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with Lorraine and all of Craig's family. It was my privilege to work with Craig for several years. I've never met a more optimistic person who always keep the correct perspective as well as his good humor. He was a fair and honest leader, and so much fun to be around! He will be hugely missed by many, many people.

Dennis Berry

June 21, 2018

My life was blessed to know Craig as a friend, fellow mortgage banker and a Boca fishing companion over many years. He was one of a kind and will be so missed. God Bless his family.