I think we are all a little shattered and stunned by Craig’s sudden passing this weekend so I wanted to share a few memories of my friend as I knew him and give his many friends a place to share their own thoughts or comments if they wish. I scrolled backwards for years in my pictures and could not find one of us together. There are some, on a different hard drive in a tote in my garage probably. Despite what I do for a living, I’m not much of one for documenting life that way. You will excuse me for letting my words alone do the talking on this occasion.
Put this youtube music clip on in a different window and read on. It is good music to mourn by.
I met Craig in or around 1989. He was working as a co-op student from Capilano College at a post-production house my then-employer used to do an old-fashioned procedure called motion control on still images. It took a big electromechanical robot with a Betacam for a head and turned still photos into moving video with ersatz pans, zooms, and other camera moves. Now you can do it on your phone. Anyway. He was the fresh-faced and charming fellow running the thing and we got to chatting. I don’t remember how it turned out, but talk went to mountain biking and a ride was born.
It turned out we shared other interests. Puff puff pass. So was a relationship that I will never forget. Together we have partied and puked and done things we were proud of and others not so much. And for the past 30-some years we have converged and diverged until so we thought, we finally found parallel paths. Grow old and be Cariboo codgers together. Now it is not to be. I have no solace to offer. Life is perplexing and beautiful and uncertain. All our experiences turn out to be the set of things that does not belong to a set. I had to get that in there. It is useful in a koan-ish way.
In the year(s) of the Plague we are reminded that Death wears more than one hat. You will want to hold your loved ones tighter, no matter how far away they are. For what it’s worth, I don’t think I would live where Iive if I hadn’t known Craig. And I feel like I have finally found home. So for me, there’s that. Thanks Craiger.