Craig William Black

February 2, 1962September 8, 2019
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Craig William Black in his 58th year passed away on Sunday, September 8, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital. Devoted son of Don and Ruth Black. Loving father of Tamara and Tori. Dear brother of Gwen Sloan (Danny), cherished uncle of Andrew Sloan (Sarah), Lisa Sloan and proud great uncle of Haleigh and Rory Sloan. Special thanks to Lynne, Stuart and Conor Gilchrist for all their support to Craig and his family throughout his illness. Craig would want us to thank Albert Kwon for all the amazing help that he has contributed to him for years, the family and the business. Craig was a dedicated, hardworking man. He was a partner with his father at Don K. Black Linecasting Service Ltd., where he spent 39 years using his mechanical expertise to procure and refurbish printing equipment for clients all over the world. Outside of work, Craig took great pride in his home, property and had a lifelong fondness for animals, most recently his dog, Paisley and cat, Hunter. In his limited spare time, Craig was an avid fisherman who also enjoyed golf and motorcycle road trips. He was a loyal fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Join Craig’s family for a Celebration of his Life on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Rd., Scarborough, from 1-2 pm followed by a Service at 2 p.m. You are welcome to share your special memories of Craig at the event. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice or the Toronto Humane Society. Thanks to Doctors Zain Husain, Christine Lau, and Teresa Petrella of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for their care. To send expressions of sympathy please visit


  • Memorial Visitation

    Saturday, September 28, 2019

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, September 28, 2019


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Wyman Chu

August 18, 2020

A huge loss to the world with such a gentle soul. My memory of you shall always be treasured. Rest in peace, Craig. I know that you are now in a better place. We shall meet again!

Josh Bensadon

August 14, 2020

My deepest condolences, I'm very sorry for your loss. This man was a very friendly and caring human. He freely and generously gave us some time when we (my late father and I) came to visit. A true credit to his father's kindness. Peace.

David S. Rose

October 19, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. I didn’t know him well, but all of my interactions with him over the years were gracious and professional. He was highly regarded in the industry and will be missed by many people. My condolences to Don and the rest of Craig’s family.


October 1, 2019


Black Creek Pioneer Village James HUNTER

September 28, 2019

I first met Craig over fifteen years ago when I contacted his dad, Don, for help in finding equipment for the restored print shop at Black Creek Pioneer Village. Over the years Craig was an invaluable source of hard-to-find parts, advice on repairs, reference books on 19th century printing, and appraisals values for the printing equipment for which the Village is responsible. Moreover, he had a knack for explaining the complex mechanical operations inherent in this equipment in language that a layman such as I could understand. And, Craig taught me that keeping a letterpress print shop operating requires an attention to detail, and a willingness to get one's hands dirty.
The best example of the result of his generosity is the Village's restored 1860s R. Hoe cylinder-press, which is one of the few in operating order in North America.
In looking back, though, what the Village has most to thank Craig for is that he was a gateway to a myriad of valuable contacts--people who share his passion for the mechanical, versus the digital, world of machinery.
The next time any of you visit our printshop, remember that it exists because of the passion of Craig and his dad, and others like him.

Linda Hiemstra

September 28, 2019

Deepest sympathy to Craig's family! Craig was our neighbour for over 25 years. He was kind, hard-working and always had a wave and a smile. We did not need an alarm clock because Craig's truck went by our house every morning at 6:30 AM. Craig took pride in his lawn. My biggest compliment was when he told me a few years ago that my lawn was looking good and he had to up his game. Craig will be missed. Keep your memories close! Klaas & Linda Hiemstra, 26 Bethley Drive, Scarborough

Cathy & Tod Sloan and family

September 28, 2019

Sincere condolences to all of Craig’s family. We are so sorry. xo

We have lots of memories of Craig at family dinners, birthdays and parties. He had a beautiful laugh and a smile that lit up his face! We will miss him.

Ariyaratnam Mohan

September 28, 2019

I have known Craig William for 15 years and he was one of the kindest most memorable person I knew. He was a very hard worker and helped my business through our hard times, we will always be grateful to him and his family. My deepest condolences to the Black family for their loss. May he rest in peace.

Most Sincerely
Shana Ent.

Carl Mario Nudi

September 27, 2019

I have known Don and Ruth for several years from their visits to the Tampa Book Arts Studio at the University of Tampa when they would come to Florida for the winter.
At Don's suggestion, when I was having a problem with my Ludlow I called Craig to get some advice. Once I described the problem, Craig immediately told me what I had to do to correct it. Within minutes I was back to casting.
I have spoken to Craig a few more times on the phone after that incident when I would call to speak with Don and he was always pleasant and would inquire about me as if we knew each other for years.
I finally had a chance to visit Don and Ruth in Toronto and, of course, Don took me to his shop to show me around. I got to meet Craig and he was as genuine and personable as I had imagine just from our phone conversations.
During my tour of the shop, Craig invited me to set a few lines on the Intertype they have in the shop. We had a running Intertype at TBAS and I would use it for demonstrations for the students and to set copy for some projects.
When I sat at Craig's Intertype and began keyboarding some copy I was in heaven. Never have I used an Intertype or Linotype that ran so smoothly. Those keys were so responsive I had to lighten my touch so I wouldn't get double mats.
Don was always saying how proud he was of what a wonderful machinist his son has become, and I knew Craig knew his stuff from the Ludlow incident. Then when I used the Intertype it only reenforced my belief in Craig's mechanical skills.
To Ruth, Don, and family, it with deep sadness I even have to write this, but I hope you knowing that so many people knew Craig and held him in the highest regard gives you some comfort.
Peace be with you both and your family.

Nick Howard

September 25, 2019

To the Black family we are incredibly saddened by Craig's loss. I'm sure he was a special son, father and Uncle to many and we mourn with you.