Due to complications associated with Diabetes, Craig passed in his sleep at home on January 7, 2022. He is survived by his mother, Bobbie Rosenau, his sister Tracey Belliveau, his brother-in-law Ed Aronson, his niece Lorna Aronson, and his step-siblings, Thea Prostko, Kristen Marion and Bill Rosenau.
Craig was born in Worcester, Ma, and grew up in Easthampton, MA, where he graduated from Easthampton High School. He earned an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University. He worked as a chef in a variety of restaurants in Florida and Massachusetts before becoming our mother’s caregiver. He lived to bake cheesecakes and cook for gatherings of family and friends. His menus always included steamers and mussels.
Craig was a Boston Bruins fan and played hockey for the Easthampton Hockey Association and Easthampton High School. He was an excellent defenseman and earned the nickname Casper, after coming off a too lengthy ice time, looking white as a ghost.
Craig enjoyed Jazz, Blues, and Rock and Roll. His taste in music was varied, and he counted Wynton Marsalis, Eric Clapton and Joe Bonamassa among his favorites. He had an extensive collection of CDs and always had a radio playing.
As our mother’s caregiver, Craig took her to appointments, cooked for her and maintained the house and the 10 acres of land that surround it. He would always leave her a reassuring note if she napped , telling her that he was out in the field, mowing. He painted the farm house last year by himself. Our mother has enjoyed feeding the birds her whole life, and Craig always made sure that her feeders were full. Bike riding, golf, darts, his Mazda Miata and the daily Greenfield Recorder crossword puzzle with Mom were a few of his pastimes. Craig loved tie-dye. His T-shirts, his bandanas worn cooking and working outside, his COVID masks, and chef’s pants all displayed those cheerful colors. The flights on his darts were obviously tie-dyed. Craig loved dogs and cats, and sported quite a few t-shirts with the faces of both. He is survived by his beloved cat, Leggs.
Donations to the Dakin Humane Society in honor of Craig can be made here: https:// www.dakinhumane.org/tribute-donation.html A celebration of Craig’s life will follow in the spring.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kostanski Funeral Home. For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuenralhome.com.
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