OBITUARY

Reginald J. Craig

June 20, 1943August 22, 2013

Reginald James Craig of Livingston, NJ passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Thursday August 22, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Philomena’s Church 396 South Livingston Avenue Livingston, NJ, at 10 AM on Monday, August 26, 2013, followed by the committal at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ. The family will be receiving visitors at Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue Livingston, NJ, on Sunday, August 25, from 2 PM to 6 PM.

“Reggie,” as he was known to family and friends, was born in Orange, NJ on June 20, 1943 to Reginald and Margaret Craig. Reggie married his love, Patricia E. Flaherty, on November 14, 1964. He was retired from the Livingston Post Office, where he was a professional letter carrier for 41 years; he served proudly and was well known and loved by those on his mail route.

Reggie’s true passion was service to others. He is known throughout the state for his 31 years in the New Jersey State Association of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, where he served in a variety of positions, including District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Northwest District, President of the NJ State Elks Association, Advisor to the State Youth Activities Tournament of Champions Task Force, and Advisor to the State Antler’s Program for teenagers. He was also active with the Special Children’s Committee, the Youth Activities Committee, the National Services for Veterans Committee, and the Hoop Shoot and Soccer Shoot Programs.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy; three sons and their families—Brian and wife Barbara; Dennis, wife Erin, and children Cierra, Dylan, Patrick, and Brandon; and Matthew, wife Stephanie, and children Connor, Lauren, Gavin, and Harley—two sisters, Carol Blackwell and Patty Craig; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Reggie’s name to the Elks National Foundation. Checks may be sent to Elks National Foundation, c/o Kathleen Ivey, 126 Laurelwood Road, Brick, NJ 08724-3648.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 25, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 26, 2013
  • Committal Service Monday, August 26, 2013
REMEMBERING

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Linda Boyle

August 4, 2014

To the Craig Family, I never met Reggie in person, but he was a great help to me in my Craig Genealogy Research. I did not know of his passing until today when updating my research and came upon the website. I saw that the site would be receiving messages for a few more weeks. I just stumbled upon the notice and wanted to express my most sincere sympathies to all. (I am a distant relative.)

Nekeya Austion

September 14, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear about Reggie, he was a great guy. We met on the job at Enterprise, and from the very beginning, I became his Nik Nik, and he was my Mr. Reggie. I am truly sorry for your loss. May God continue to strengthen your family in your time of need.

September 5, 2013

To the Craig family,

I was so sorry to read about Reggie's death. Although I only knew him as Reggie the mailman while growing up in Livingston, I can't recall a time during the many years he worked on our street when I didn't see him not smiling. Numerous times Reggie went out of his way to help us with problems such as catching our loose dog and carrying groceries. Perhaps the most impressive thing he did was to get to know each family member well enough so that he could acknowledge the most important times in our lives (in my case, he used to flag me down in my car or ring the bell to let me know when he was delivering college acceptance letters and later responses to my wedding invitation). For *years* after my parents moved out of Livingston, Reggie made sure that any stray pieces of mail for our family were re-routed to my parents in Florida, even though USPS policy is to only forward mail for one year.

While I only saw Reggie for a few minutes each day, it was clear to me from his actions and our many conversations that he was a truly good person. As you go through these difficult days, weeks, and months, I hope that you will find comfort in knowing how much Reggie was liked and appreciated by myself and no doubt many others outside of your family and friends.

Nancy (Freiman) Donchin
Framingham, Massachusetts

Jeff and Joanne Kazista

August 28, 2013

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Reggie. We did not know until just today 8/28. He was a true gentleman and had an awesome spirit. He will be truly missed. Our love and prayers to you Patsy and the entire family.

Lloyd & Linda Monterosa

August 26, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

August 26, 2013

Patsy, our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Reggie was one of the good guys and will will be truly missed. Just know that he is in a better place now.
Jeff & Miriam Kenyon Garfield 2267

George Pontiakos

August 26, 2013

My deepest sympathies, Reggie was a true gentlemen...he will be sorely missed.

Norman King

August 25, 2013

Patsy and family, our prays are with you and your family, Reggie was love by so many and we are 2 of them. We will miss his smile and how he love working with the kids

Deanna and Norman King

Bill Brennan

August 25, 2013

Patsy and family,
I can only offer my deepest sympathies for your loss. Reggie was one of the nicest individuals I've ever met and always seemed to have a smile and a kind word. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. RIP

Dan, Janella, Danielle & Louis Centrella

August 25, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss!