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Barry (Ginger) Kells Craig

October 27, 1932 - June 11, 2015


Barry (Ginger) was born in Wetaskawin, Alberta and passed away peacefully at The Pines in Kimberley with his three children by his side. He was 82 years young. He is predeceased by his wife Myra; survived by brother Al (Bev); his son Neil (Ann), daughters Debbie and Kelly (Blair); grandchildren Tyler (Rachel) and Shannon (Liam); great grandchildren Alexis, Henry Bear and Zachery. Ginger is also survived by his special partner June Bottesi and her family.

Barry grew up in Wetaskawin and Riley, Alberta where he was a farm boy and his family operated the local diner. In his teens he played junior hockey for the Crowsnest Coalers and then in Kimberley with the Dynamiters. He was employed at Cominco and retired as a foreman. Barry was a avid athlete who enjoyed skiing and golf. He especially loved watching baseball, curling, hockey and golf on television. In addition, he also loved having a hearty laugh with all his good friends, crib at Centennial Hall and Burger Tuesday's at the Sully. Ginger spent his winters in Pahrump, Nevada where he and June enjoyed golf, Las Vegas shows and travelling.

Special thanks to the staff of the Green Home in Cranbrook and of The Pines in Kimberley. Words cannot describe the kindness and care Barry received.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kimberley Special Care Home or a charity of your choice.

A celebration of Ginger's life will be held at a later date.  Condolences may be left for the family at


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Gail Anderson (Craig)
Relation: Through marriage to his nephew

Neil, Debbie and Kelly,
I am sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I thought the world of your Dad and he treated me like one of his own. We always had many laughs whenever we would get together or on the phone. I enjoyed our visits and he even let me stay at his place when he and June were out of town on one of my visits back to Kimberley. Barry always had time to stop and say hello and we’d catch up with each other. Hard to believe that I have known your Dad for over 40 years. There are lots of memories, lots of laughs and lots of meals shared with you and your family over the years. He will be missed.
My thoughts go out to you all.

Gail Anderson
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

From: Terry Leal
Relation: friend

So sorry to hear of Ginger’s passing. I knew him for most of my life and always found him to be very friendly and engaging whether on the golf course or at Superstore . When he played for the Dynamiters, he knew my dad Aubrey who was on the executive. Rest in peace Ginger(will always remember the hip

From: Ken McTeer
Relation: friend

To the family of Barry (Ginger) Craig
Our condolences to you at this time. Ginger had a rocky time in his last years. I first met Ginger when we were playing hockey for the Calgary Buffaloes (Jr.) in 1953-54. He played about 1/2 a season then moved on to the Crowsnest Coalers. We met again in 1954-55 when I was playing for Trail and Ginger was playing for Kimberley. I moved to Kimberley in the 1955-56 season and a lasting friendship started. Again our sincere sympathy to the family and we look forward to his celebration of life. Ken McTeer and Joyce Bell

From: adrian blais
Relation: friend

My sincere condolences to June and the Craig family, I willl remember Ginger as a soft spoken man but the words spoken carried respect. Now he’s playing on the big rink blocking shots with Steener.

From: joanne craig
Relation: neice

Neil,Debbie&Kelly We are sorry to hear of the passing of Unlce Barry Our thoughts go out to you and your families.

From: Myra Farquhar
Relation: Classmate of Myra, Barry's wife & friend to Barry.

My personal condolences to each of you. I, too, am blessed with many good memories. May God bless you during these trying days. Love & prayers, Myra F.

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