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Bill Ferguson


From:
Norcross, GA USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 9:09 am     Reply with quote

We lost a true friend of all of us in the steel guitar world this morning.

RIP. My friend
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John De Maille


From:
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Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 9:17 am     Reply with quote

I'm saddened to hear this. Boy, they keep dropping like flies.
Craig was a good friend to all steelers. RIP Craig
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Ken Fox


From:
Nashville, GA USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 10:11 am     Reply with quote

I am stunned! Craig has been a friend for a long time now. Always taking time t0 call and check on me when I was in my time of need! A true friend and will be so terribly missed. My condolences to his family


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James Marlowe


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 10:28 am     Reply with quote

Oh no! A friend indeed! What happened?
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Jack Stoner


From:
Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 10:30 am     Reply with quote

That was fast. We just had notice they were going to put him in hospice. I've known Craig since when he lived in Pennsylvania. RIP.
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Jack Stanton


From:
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Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 10:35 am     Reply with quote

I'm stunned...Literally thought on Fri. that I hadn't heard from Craig in a while and that was odd. Made a note that I was going to call him Monday.
Peaceful sleep, my friend.
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Ron Whitworth


From:
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Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 11:01 am     Reply with quote

I, like everyone else, am stunned to say the least.
That was just way too fast.
Sorry to hear this news.
My condolences to his family & friends.
Ron
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Buddie Hrabal


From:
Arlington,Texas USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 11:04 am     Reply with quote

What a shock to hear this news. I've known Craig for quite a while. Been using his "Lil'Izzy" since they first came out. First job I used it on was at the "Wild Times" lounge in St. Louis, after the convention party! Didn't know he was ill! Things will sound better in Heaven. RIP my friend.
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Scott Duckworth


From:
Etowah, TN Western Foothills of the Smokies
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 11:45 am     Reply with quote

Sad day. We talked on the phone so many times, about steel guitars, the Li'l Izzy, politics, God, you name it.

RIP on that high mountain in Heaven my friend. I'll catch up with you up there.
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Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 12:29 pm     Reply with quote

Stunned is an understatement... Craig had called me just recently, and either didn’t know about his health situation or didn’t say, and I sure wasn’t able to detect anything in his voice... Craig was absolutely among the best, and someone you felt a kinship too just knowing him... This is a very sad day indeed.
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John McClung


From:
Olympia WA, USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 2:25 pm     Reply with quote

What a shock! Craig was always very attentive to customers of his great Izzy products, calling, emailing, and always had a great sense of humor. Had no idea he was ailing. RIP, brother Craig, we're all missing you already.

Anyone know if the products and company will carry on?
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Dave Mudgett


From:
Central Pennsylvania
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 3:13 pm     Reply with quote

I can barely believe my eyes reading this. RIP Craig, a good man indeed and definitely a friend to all steel players.
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Tony Glassman


From:
The Great Northwest
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 3:40 pm     Reply with quote

I'll miss Craig. I had no idea he had such severe health problems. RIP old friend.
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 3:41 pm     Reply with quote

I'm truly saddened to read the news. What a great person he was and I appreciate the phone calls he made to me and our correspondence. My condolences to Craig's family and friends.
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Jim Cooley


From:
The 'Ville, Texas, USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 3:42 pm     Reply with quote

Craig was a real class act. We'll miss him.
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john buffington


From:
Owasso OK - USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 4:01 pm     Reply with quote

What a terrible shock - Craig called me last Sunday night to tell me he had been diagnosed with a liver mass. He also mentioned he wasn't ready for the forum to be aware yet, I think he was still in shock. He was a dear friend and true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, he shared his faith with me often. My deepest sympathies to his family, he will be sorely missed by those who had the honor of knowing him.

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Douglas Schuch


From:
St John, US Virgin Islands
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 4:08 pm     Reply with quote

So sorry to read this. I always enjoyed the emails and forum exchanges we had. A good guy who will be missed.
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Paddy Long


From:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 4:33 pm     Reply with quote

Very sad to hear about Craig, he was one of the good guys - RIP mate and condolences to the family
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Paul King


From:
Gainesville, Texas, USA
Post Posted 11 Sep 2016 5:14 pm     Reply with quote

I am shocked to read this news. What a great guy Craig was. I bought my first Izzy in 1981 at the ISGC and another one two years ago. His contributions will be missed by many musicians.
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Ben Lawson


From:
Hillsborough N.J.
Post Posted 12 Sep 2016 3:47 am     Reply with quote

What a terrible loss. We had a great evening with Craig and his wife and daughter at Wayne and Jeannie Smiths home in Georgia last year. Always quick with a joke, Craig jammed with Wayne and me and he played some great licks. He would call just to say hello. R.I.P. my friend. Please keep his family in your prayers.
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Jim Cohen


From:
Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 12 Sep 2016 4:08 am     Reply with quote

Oh no... so sorry to hear this sad news. I had just heard he was going to be entering hospice soon but I didn't know the end was this near. I will always remember him fondly. He would call me up, out of the blue, every few months just to chat about anything, or about some post on the Forum, etc. And he would mail me a bag of his favorite candy, Werthers. I will miss him and think of him, of course, every time I set up with my L'il Izzy in line. RIP, dear Craig and thank you for your friendship and for helping to make this world a little bit better.
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Jack Stanton


From:
Somewhere in the swamps of Jersey
Post Posted 12 Sep 2016 4:30 am     Reply with quote

He was a huge Charlton fan, and his prize possession was Buddy C.'s cowboy hat from the Texas Troubadour days.
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Chris Boyd


From:
Leonia,N.J./Charlestown,R.I.
Post Posted 12 Sep 2016 4:38 am     Reply with quote

I am completely shocked to hear Craig has passed. Such a positive and kind man. RIP Craig and thank you...
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John LeMaster


From:
North Florida
Post Posted 12 Sep 2016 7:18 am     Rest in Peace Reply with quote

What very sad news to hear of Craig's sudden passing. My prayers for his family. He was a really good person.

Jack, I thought I was a big Buddy Charleton fan until I met Craig! When I learned just what a fan of Buddy's he was, I presented him with Buddy's dark green hat from the Troubadour days. (A good friend of Buddy's had given it to me some years earlier.)

Craig and I had many phone conversations, and I was privileged to meet and have dinner with him, his wife, and daughter, in McDonough, GA on the way to a show once.
Rest in peace, Craig.
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steve takacs


From:
beijing, china via pittsburgh
Post Posted 12 Sep 2016 8:02 am     Reply with quote

Getting emails from Craig was like talking to a friend in one's living room. Ironically, I never used his Little Izzy but ordered two this summer and took one back to China. I will call it "BAKER"

Where was. Craig from in Pennsylvania?

Condolences to the family and friends.


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