Brent Craig
April 19, 1976 - September 6, 2011
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Brent W. Craig, 35, of Port Charlotte, Florida passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at his home. Brent was born April 19, 1976 in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Port Charlotte 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon. Brent graduated in 1994 from The Miami Valley School in Dayton, OH. He came to Florida in 1994…

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Cynthia Mitchell Rickman left a message on April 19, 2020:
Happy Birthday, Brent! I guess I will stop posting these messages since I have left one every 9/6 and every 4/19 since you left us but I see they don’t often get posted. Hopefully YOU know I came to visit. Things are insanely busy for me—got a big promotion and the job is killing me. You’d hate me like this, I think, but I’m pretty proud of my successes. Lol. I still miss you....
Cynthia Mitchell Rickman left a message on April 19, 2019:
Happy Birthday, B. I still think about you all the time and miss you. I wonder where you would be now and what you’d be doing if you were still with us.... I hope you’re celebrating—wherever you are. I never forget 9/6 or 4/19 and come here to visit you each time those days come around again. I don’t know why my messages aren’t here, but I hope you’ve gotten them. Miss you always. Love from Ninny.
bob and Carolyn Mackenzie left a message on September 16, 2011:
Steve and Cherie, We were both saddened to read about Brent's death and know how your hearts must be broken. We will keep you both in our prayers. There is not much more we can say to help, but just know that you are not alone. We will not be able to attend the memorial service, but we will be thinking of you. May God keep you in his care. Carolyn and Bob
Kelly Harms (McDonald) left a message on September 16, 2011:
Steve and Cheri- I am so sorry to hear of Brent's passing. He certainly was a lucky man to have you both as parents. Sincerely, Kelly Harms (McDonald)
Deborah Britt left a message on September 12, 2011:
I didn't know Brent very well but knew he was a kind and caring young man who loved his family deeply. It is always a loss to us all when we loose someone so kind. I must say he was one who gave a great fight against cystic fibrosis. Brent you will be missed by all.
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Bill Glisson left a message on September 12, 2011:
I'll never forget Brent's quiet courage and never complaining attitude. Although he had to endure much more than his peers, just to make it through the day, I never ever heard a complaint from him. Brent was a fun loving young man who enjoyed people and people (kids) enjoyed him. He will be missed.
Melissa Walther left a message on September 11, 2011:
Brent was a part of my entire sentient life. I remember the day he got glasses (2nd grade), and the day his parents Steve and Cherie came into our fourth grade class to explain to us about cystic fibrosis (a perfect thing to do). I remember him rolling into junior prom 'gangsta- style' with a beautiful young lady on his arm, right up until recent years and late- night phone calls commiserating over the 'crazy' relationships of our early thirties. We shared a lot, had some good laughs. He had a great sense of humour and was always a gentleman. He was a big part of my life and I will miss him sorely, but I will always carry him as an inspiration.
Tuck Fuller left a message on September 11, 2011:
Steve and Cherie I and several of Craig's other "brothers" in the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, Ohio Chapter III, remember. him well, and mourn his passing. His determination was an inspiration to us all. May he rest in peace. Tuck Fuller
Samantha (Baker) Siemer left a message on September 11, 2011:
Brent was such a vibrant and vivacious person. I remember being at school with him and always feeling energized when he was excited about anything. Playing soccer, Brent just by his being on the field would push others to be just as driven. The world is a little darker for his passing out of it, but made brighter by the touch his being left on all of those who knew him well! I'll miss him but know he fought valiantly and now has to fight no more.
Zachary Glueck left a message on September 11, 2011:
It was a my sincere pleasure being Brent's friend and classmate. So sorry to hear about his passing.
Ken Nielsen left a message on September 11, 2011:
It is with deep regret to hear of Brent's passing. Condolences to his parents, family, and friends.
Ryushi,Ryoko,Yoshi Fujii left a message on September 21, 2011:
Steven and Cherie I am very sorry to hear your recent loss. I never forget the precious time I sped with you. I would like to offer my sympathy and condolence to you and your family.
Jeri Hasselbring left a message on September 21, 2011:
Cherie and Steve, I am so saddened to learn of Brent's passing. But was joyful reading about all the marvelous things he accomplished in his short life. I hope you can take solace in those and all the other precious memories of your son. Thinking of you, Jeri
Cynthia Rickman left a message on September 9, 2014:
Hi Brent. I was thinking about you on the 6th. I can't believe you've been gone 3 years now. It seems impossible. I was out of the country, so this is the first chance I've had to say hello, but I was thinking about you and your parents. I still think about you often and believe you are still with me. I can imagine you laughing at me sometimes--especially me with my chickens and it makes me smile. I hope you are happy and at rest. I love you.--Ninny
Cynthia Mitchell Rickman left a message on April 19, 2014:
Happy Birthday, Brent! It doesn't get easier as time passes, you know. It's just been that much longer since I've seen you; but I hope you are genuinely at peace now. I feel you around less and less these days, so I'm thinking you are and that makes me happy. I think about you all the time. You'll always be part of my life--of course I'm getting older and you're not and all that seems terribly unfair, but I guess that's just the way that cookie crumbled :) It's a glorious spring day here today worthy of you. I'll enjoy it for you and celebrate your life. Know you are loved forever, my friend. --Ninny
Cynthia Mitchell Rickman left a message on September 6, 2013:
It's been 2 years since you've been gone, B, and it's unimaginable. I think of you often and laugh a lot when I do. I hope you are happy and know how much you are missed.
April Lister left a message on April 20, 2013:
Happy Birthday Brent~ Think of you every day! Love you always! ~Opo
Cynthia M. Mitchell left a message on April 19, 2012:
Happy Birthday, B. You are loved and missed today. Your Ninny
Mark Raney left a message on March 12, 2012:
In memory of Brent, Radio Friend, It is with great saddness that I learned of Brent's passing this morning, 3/12/2012. Though he left us back in Septembger, alot of his friends in Oregon just found out. I worked with Brent for a number of years here in Eugene radio and found him to be a funny, smart, good natured friend. We worked together on a number of projects including the KZEL Kampout and I will miss him, but also, I will remember him fondly. He took great care of his dog Riley while in Eugene and I am glad I had a short time to know and work with him. Prayers to his family and friends. Brent, Peace of the Lord be with You Always! Your friends, Mark and Sandy...
Teresa left a message on March 6, 2012:
Brent was a truly wonderful person. I enjoyed working with him and we shared many many laughs togehter. He will be missed and my prayers go out to his family. -Always T
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Chad Okrusch left a message on December 31, 2011:
Brent and I started graduate school at Oregon together. He regularly attended a music night get-together in Eugene and encouraged me to play my music outside of the party and to others. I've been doing it for years now and owe part of it to trusting Brent's good judgement on such things. He was a great guy. I'm sorry to hear about his passing and wish his family and friends a deep peace. All good things, Chad Okrusch
Kurt Kamin left a message on December 16, 2011:
My heartfelt condolences to Brent’s family and friends. Brent was a true friend to me during our time as grad students at the University of Oregon, and for a few years while he lived in Eugene. The School of Journalism had a challenging curriculum—lots of reading, lectures, discussions, and presentations. We enjoyed good camaraderie among masters and PhD students, and Brent was usually in the mix at the occasional party or pub night. We'd talk and laugh about classes, current events, music, sports, and other subjects. We got together with a few other grad students to play baseball once in awhile, and after graduating, he and I (and his mutt Riley) would occasionally play catch or basketball. Brent was a jam band and classic rock fan—he liked Zeppelin, Hendrix, the Allman Bros, etc., and he attended a number of stadium shows and festivals. He was a skilled drummer and sound engineer who set up and worked the boards and door for shows at Café Paradiso, a small club that often booked accomplished folk, blues, and rock artists. While he was accommodating performers, the audience, and his boss, Brent was always gracious enough to take time to chat or have a drink, and he was always amiable. Our paths diverged in '05 when he became busy as marketing director for Cumulus and I took a job in natural resources and became a dad. I saw Brent just a few more times, once while we helped a friend move, and also celebrating his birthday. I spoke with him briefly by phone a year or so before he moved to Florida, and he sounded happy. He never once told me about his illness and struggle with CF. I wish I could have helped him. I tried contacting Brent last summer, hoping we could catch a show or throw a baseball around, but really just to see him smile and laugh and talk about good times. I really miss Brent and want to tell him how much his friendship meant to me. He was one of the best. Kurt Kamin, Oregon
Cynthia M. Mitchell left a message on November 10, 2011:
It has taken me so long to accept Brent's passing that I am sorry for the lateness of this submission. For nearly a decade, Brent was the great love of my life. I knew and loved him across many states, through two universities, three dogs, three apartments, three houses, four combined degrees, and four cross-country moves. I learned to cook some of Cherie's best dishes so that Brent would never be without his favorite meals. He favored Swiss Meatloaf and Parmesan-Ranch chicken the most. I will always remember pistachio pudding and Sunday night X-Files and him teaching me how to whistle to the X-Files tune. I concede that in the decade-long debate of Ohio vs. Connecticut that Ohio is probably better. Brent and Ryley were my family and I will suffer Brent's loss the rest of my life. I hope that he knows how loved he was and will forever be. The hole in my heart will never fully heal; but I will fill it with the letters, pictures, and memories I still have. I will carry him with me the rest of my life. My love goes out to Steve and Cherie who were like second (and often better) parents to me. Your son was a well-loved man for his time on this earth and he brought much joy and laughter to my world. I am thinking of you every day and hoping all good things for you in the future.
Cynthia Mitchell Rickman left a message on April 19, 2015:
Happy Birthday, B. It's a stunning day here today and worthy of celebrating you. I still miss you terribly, but had a nice chuckle today thinking of you rather than being too sad. I listened to your favorite Zeppelin song and had a beer with you this afternoon up in the chicken yard. I sure hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I don't feel you around so much anymore so I hope you've found a lasting peace. Selfishly, I miss you, but am happy for you. You are still always in my daily thoughts. So much in this world still reminds me of you that it would be impossible for me to not think of you. I like that. So, happy birthday with a tremendous amount of love--still and always. Love you, B. --Ninny
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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