Bernard L. Craft


Bernard L. Craft, 91, of Chula Vista, CA, died July 22, 2019 after a brief illness. He was born February 14, 1928 to Irving and Rena Craft and grew up in Wilson, NY.
He joined the United States Merchant Marine and then the United States Marine Corp in 1944 and served his country proudly.
He married Ruth Shufelt in 1951 and they lived in Lockport while Ben served as the 5th Ward Alderman and President of the Common Council in the 1960's. He was a real "people person" and made friends wherever he went.
Ben is survived by his wife, Renee, of Chula Vista, CA; daughters, Kimberly (Daniel) Henley of Middleport and Karen (Mark) Clemens of Murrieta, CA; grandchildren, Christine, Daniel, James, Lucy, Taylor and Collin; great-grandchildren, Cassandra and Benjamin; brothers, Roger of CA, and Thomas of Lockport; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth; brothers, Gerald, Harry, Irving, James, Donald and Douglas; and sister, Marilyn.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Lockport United Church of Christ, 98 East Avenue on Saturday August 24 at 11:00.
Donations to any veteran's organizations would be appreciated by the family.
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Published on August 6, 2019
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Rena Weaver
Aug 11, 2019
Uncle Ben was such a loving kind soul to all he knew. I have many wonderful childhood memories of him. Our reunions many in Aunt May and Uncle Gerry ‘s backyard were the best. I was honored to be one of his Facebook friends reconnecting with him for the past several years. His sense of humor and honor were remarkable. I will miss him!!! Kim and Karen I’m so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family.
Rena and Bruce.
Corey Baer
Aug 08, 2019
I can’t think of you Dad without smiling ... He was such a nice man 💜
Roberta Schannep
Aug 08, 2019
I can still see your Dad's welcoming smile every time we met. He always had this wonderful outlook on life and enjoyed every minute to the fullest. All the lucky friends and family who had the pleasure of knowing him will carry the memory in their hearts forever.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Sharon Russell
Aug 08, 2019
So sorry for your loss.
Robert & Patricia Craft
Aug 07, 2019
Kim and Karen,
Our love and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Your dad was such a great guy, always smiling and happy to see who ever crossed his path. He had a kind word for everyone and willing to help in way he could. He enjoyed life to it's fullest and had great respect for his country.
Butch & Patty