Craig was a compassionate, loving guy who would do anything for anyone who needed help. He had a gruff exterior at times, but had a deeply caring soul underneath.
After high school, Craig joined the Navy. He served for over 4 years during the early years of the Viet Nam War.
Later on he joined the Army National Guard where he formed a lasting bond with many of his fellow servicemen. Their military police unit served in Desert Shield/ Desert Storm and later in Bosnia. After his retirement in 2000, his unit was again deployed to Iraq. Craig was very proud of his time in the Army, although he was modest about his service. Craig served out of love for his country and fellow man.
Craig met his wife, Gail, through some mutual friends. They were married in 1982 and spent over 37 happy years together. He worked as a skilled trades painter at the Chevy plant in Tonawanda.
After retiring about 13 years ago, Craig spent much of his time fishing on Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake with some of his friends and Army buddies. He liked to go really fast on the boat, and once even got a little too much attention from the lake patrol!
Rose, Craig A. of Lake View, NY on August 24, 2019. Devoted husband of Gail (nee Spittler) Rose and the late Barbara (nee Keppel) Rose; Loving son of John and Jeanne Rose; father of Shannon and grandfather of Miranda and Bree; Brother of John (Patricia) Rose, Suzanne (Vincent) Trippi, and the late Patricia (late Edward) Jourdanais; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends will be received Tuesday, August 27 from 10am-12pm at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lakehsore Rd Hamburg, NY 14075 716-627-2919, where a funeral service will immediately follow at 12:00pm. Online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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