Craig Warren Child

MERRIMACK, N.H. - Craig Warren Child, 67, passed away April 19, 2013, with the loving care and support of his wife and children at his side. Craig was born May 2, 1945, to Thora L. and Allen W. Child. He was raised in his hometown of Dixfield.

Craig was a graduate of Ricker College, Houlton, receiving his degree in psychology and sociology in 1967. His 38 year teaching career began at Southern Aroostook Community School in Dyer Brook and Roosevelt School in Linneus, followed by many years of devoted service as a middle school teacher at SAD 70 Elementary in Hodgdon. Craig retired in 2005. After his retirement, he and his wife, Trina, relocated to New Hampshire to be closer to their children. Craig's priority was to his role of devoted husband, father and most recently, a first time grandfather. Even in his final days, he rallied to provide his family and closest friends with strength, empowerment and infinite love. An educator at heart, he taught by example; as a man, he loved without reservation. Craig was an avid ham radio operator and was happiest spending countless hours surrounded by his various radios and scanners.

Craig was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Trina A. Child of Merrimack, N.H.; daughter, Kristen A. Godsoe and husband, Scott; son, Kevin A. Child; and his "angel," granddaughter, Isabella Claire Godsoe, all of Reading, Mass. He is also survived by his brother, Grayson A. Child and wife, Andrea, of Dixfield; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bonnie and Alan Hill of Sabattus, Wesley and Elaine Marshall and Tanya and John Pasquarelli, all of Hodgdon; very special friends, Rod Swallow of Houlton and Paul Anzalone of Merrimack, N.H.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Houlton Wesleyan Church. In lieu of flowers, the family will be establishing a scholarship fund in Craig's honor to be given out to Hodgdon High School seniors. Contributions may be made to Craig Child Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Hodgdon High School Guidance Office, 175 Hodgdon Mills Road, Hodgdon, ME 04730. Alternatively, books may be donated to Hodgdon Mill Pond School library.

Published in BDN Maine on Apr. 27, 2013