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Labenski Funeral Home

107 Boswell Avenue, Norwich, CT

OBITUARY

Craig William Babcock

December 7, 1964January 14, 2018

Craig William Babcock, 53, of Lisbon, CT, and New Shoreham, RI, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Craig was born on December 7, 1964 in Norwich, CT. He graduated from the Norwich Technical School in 1983, and Maine Maritime Academy in 1989. Craig then proudly served as a Merchant Marine for 26 years, a career that allowed him to travel the world. As a mariner, he sailed the Pacific and through the Panama Canal, with stops in Alaska, Hawaii, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. He also loved to travel with his family, and particularly cherished the time spent together in Disney World, Alaska, South Africa, Seattle, the Bahamas, and California. Of all the places he traveled, he most loved Block Island, and sharing his time there with family and friends. Craig married Pamela Jean (Bonnin) Babcock on June 24, 1989. Craig lived his life on the ocean, and spent his time on Block Island boating, fishing, swimming, SCUBA diving, and teaching others to love the sea. He also loved to work on all things in the company of those he loved, from cars, boats, and houses to fishing lures. He was a “dog whisperer,” who was loved by all dogs in return. Above all, Craig treasured his family. He is survived by his devoted wife of 28 years, Pamela Jean Babcock, and his children, Craig Babcock II and Cassie Babcock, of whom he was most proud, as well as their fiancés Britta Kunkemoeller and Jeffery Victoria. Craig is also survived by his parents, Robert and Mary (Gilmour) Babcock; his siblings, Robert Babcock, Jr, Bruce and Pamela Christine Babcock, and Melissa Loizou; 9 adored nieces and nephews; 3 great-nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws; and many beloved friends and shipmates. He will also be greatly missed by his little buddies, Chief and Tucker. Craig had an enormous influence on those around him, and his loyalty, generosity, humor, hard work, and dedication to his family will live on in those who love and admire him. The family will be greeting friends and relatives on Friday, January 19 from 5-7pm at Labenski Funeral Home, 107 Boswell Ave, Norwich, CT. A memorial service will be held on Block Island at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Craig's memory can be made to the Closer to Free Fund, which jointly supports Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and the Yale Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to Closer to Free Fund and mail to P.O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508. Please include "Craig Babcock" on the memo line. Secure online gifts can be made at https://www.givetoynhh.org/closertofree. Please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 19, 2018

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January 29, 2018

So sorry to the whole family .Craig was a very dear childhood friend growing up in Norwich and play in our back yards or camping with boy scouts . so sad to hear he will be greatly missed.
Bryan Carignan and family

Andy Covert

January 22, 2018

My deepest condolences to Craig's family for this tremendous loss. Craig and I were classmates at MMA, and we sailed together on the oil tanker, Arco Anchorage, in the summer of 1987 for our cadet shipping training cruise. We had a great experience and I'm honored to have known him. I know he will be greatly missed!

Holly Bolduc

January 22, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss Mrs. Babcock. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

January 20, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss.
-Rick and Pat Garverick

Jean Larkin

January 19, 2018

To Mary and Bob and family,
what a shock to read of Craigs passing. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow at loosing such a vibrant and beautiful person. In all the Block Island years we knew him , don't ever remember Craig not smiling. We will always remember that about him. Deepest sympathy from Dan & Jean Larkin

Karen McCormack

January 19, 2018

To the Babcock Family

I am sending my heartfelt condolences to all of you on the loss of your dear Son, Husband, Father, Brother and Uncle. I will be thinking of you all in the days to come. Hoping that the memories of your good times together will brighten and lighten your hearts.

January 18, 2018

Bob, Mary and family
Learned of Craig's passing Friday night, to late to come in person. Fond memories of our scouting experiences so many years ago. Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Fondly, Pat Pellegrini & sons Hugs

January 18, 2018

So sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. Russ & Kim Ninteau

Wallace Family

January 18, 2018

Pam, Craig and Cassie we are so sorry to hear about Craig's passing. He was truly one of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We are blessed to have had him and all of you in our lives. Please accept our condolences during this difficult time.

Damon, Diane & Caitlin Wallace

Wallace Family

January 18, 2018

Pam, Craig and Cassie we are so sorry to hear about Craig's passing. He was truly one of the nicest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. We are lucky to him and all of you in our lives. Please accept our condolences during this difficult time.

Damon, Diane & Caitlin Wallace

FROM THE FAMILY