OBITUARY

Richard Allan "Rick" Craig, Jr.

October 26, 1959May 23, 2018
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Richard Allan “Rick” Craig, Jr, 59, of Sandy Springs, passed away on May 23, 2018. Rick was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 26, 1959 to Janet Amorite Feather and Richard Allan Craig, Sr. Rick was the founder and owner of Up In Smoke Fine Cigars, in Tucker, Georgia for over twenty years, where his customers, who later became some of his closest friends, would gather to talk sports, enjoy cigars and share a good laugh.

He graduated from South Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale and spent many years working in the restaurant business at Chuck’s Steak House before moving to Atlanta to open his own cigar shop during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Rick was an avid sports fan, especially the Miami Dolphins and NFL football, a competitive athlete, loved sixties music and had a witty sense of humor. Rick adored his two children, daughter, Jessica Catherine Craig (fiancé James Noonan), and his son, Ryan Austin Craig. He is survived by his sisters, Nancy MacDonald and Cathy Holden; his sister-in-law, Patricia Craig and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, J. Norman Craig and David Craig; and one sister, Shirley Lindley Brock.

In lieu of flowers, donations graciously accepted by PetSmart Charities 501(c)(3) with a vision of a lifelong, loving home for every animal www.petsmartcharities.org in honor of his beloved dog, Buddy.

A Memorial service will be held on Friday, June 8 at 2:00 PM at H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel, 173 Allen Road NE, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328. Pastor Anthony L. “Tony” Singleton will officiate, as a longtime trusted friend. The family will receive friends at 1:00PM.

The family will host a celebration of his life reception at the home of Donald Burke and Lurline Craig-Burke immediately following the Memorial service.

  • FAMILY

  • Rick is survived by his two children, daughter, Jessica Catherine Craig (fiancé James Noonan), and his son, Ryan Austin Craig. He is also survived by his sisters, Nancy MacDonald and Cathy Holden; his sister-in-law, Patricia Craig and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • A visitation with the family Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Memorial Services Friday, June 8, 2018
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Jason Proffer

June 7, 2018

My thoughts and prayers go out to Rick, his Family, and Friends! I was 13 when I began bussing tables at Chuck’s Steak House where Rick was one of the managers. He was such an amazing guy who really made me feel welcome, and a part of the family! He was one of the all time great jokesters, always ready and willing to break stones, and he could take as good as he gave! Such a great guy! He will be missed, but more importantly remembered, loved, and treasured! May peace be upon Rick, as well as you all! Jason

Stan Leacock

June 7, 2018

I haven't known Rick as long as many of his Up In Smoke customers, but I knew him long enough to like him very much as a friend. As the song goes"We talked of many things, fools and kings." His death really saddens me. May he now rest in peace.

Harold Jackson

June 7, 2018

Walking into Up in Smoke 21 years ago, I didn’t know I would build a bond to the store and to Rick. May God have mercy and bless the children.

Scott Monahan

June 6, 2018

Rick, it was wondering knowing you. I enjoyed our conversations and your relaxed demeanor. You will be missed.
Scott

Patricia Craig

June 6, 2018

I remember Rick most when he lived with us in Miami and again when we moved to Gainesville...he was a young man around 14 to 18 years old. He was handsome athletic and always at the gym taking care of keeping his body strong and healthy.. he loved playing with Brian and was there when Dena was born...he couldnt wait until he had his own children and when Jessica and Ryan were born, he treasured them...they were his world...he loved being a Dad..
Rick loved to make people laugh...he used magic tricks and used his words trying to outwitt everyone .He always played sports with all the nephews and nieces, they loved him. He was a hoot. He will be missed and was loved by all.
May he rest in Peace

Stan Susky

June 6, 2018

Rest in Peace Rick. Although we only knew each other a few years, I regarded you as a friend. Your camaraderie and sense of humor brought a new home to us "exiles". Will miss you buddy ...

David Martin

June 4, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Rick. He was a fantastic guy, genuine, intelligent, and warm, and a pleasure to be around. My heart aches for his family, particularly his children who he adored, and for his many friends who all will miss him. I’m so glad to have known him...

Anthony Singleton

June 1, 2018

Rick,

I will miss you my friend, I will miss our discussions on many different topics like Football, TV shows and life in general. Up In Smoke was my home away from home. It was my "ManCave". It was a place where just about everybody knows your name. I have other friends thanks ton you opening your cigar shop. For me and many others, it was our favorite place to come in, relax, watch sports and have a cigar.

Rest in peace my friend.

rich naylor

May 31, 2018

I had the pleasure of living and working with Rick .We lived in Plantation and worked at Chucks Steak House Never had a better roommate.There was always something going on We had a blast working at Chucks . Rick and Cindy Boss Hog Nolan would go at it all night long.One insult after another My condolences to all of Ricks family.

Joseph Swing

May 30, 2018

Ricky,
You were a good friend to many and I was glad to know you over the past 20 years. May you Rest in Peace "Old Friend" and I will pray for you and your family during this difficult time. Your store allowed many great friendships to develop over the years and you will be missed by many. The customers you earned became like one big family ! Your humor and candor made the atmosphere fun and inviting. May God bless you and hold you close !

Biography

Rick was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on October 26, 1959 to Janet Amorite Feather and Richard Allan Craig, Sr.
Rick was the founder and owner of Up In Smoke Fine Cigars, in Tucker, Georgia for over twenty years, where his customers, who later became some of his closest friends, would gather to talk sports, enjoy cigars and share a good laugh.

He graduated from South Plantation High School in Fort Lauderdale and spent many years working in the restaurant business at Chuck’s Steak House before moving to Atlanta to open his own cigar shop during the 1996 Summer Olympics. Rick was an avid sports fan, especially the Miami Dolphins and NFL football, a competitive athlete, loved sixties music and had a witty sense of humor.