Clarence Harvey Craig,Jr.
(April 15, 1941 - June 12, 2012)
Clarence Harvey Craig, Jr. departed this life on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Rockville Centre, New York. Clarence was a devoted husband and father, as well as a dedicated friend to many.
His charismatic personality, willingness to encourage and help others, and infectious laugh will be sorely missed.
Clarence, born on April 15, 1941 to the late Clarence, Sr. and Vermeil Craig,in Jamaica, New York, was the oldest of five siblings. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jodie Chatman.
He attended Public School 20 Elementary School and Flushing High School. Clarence received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio) and pursued his Master's Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University (New York, New York). Clarence also served three years in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge in 1966.
While in college, Clarence was fortunate to meet Joan Watson, the "love of his life." Clarence and Joan were married in 1967 and shared forty-five years of wedding bliss. From this union, they were blessed with two wonderful children (Nicole and Erick) who meant the world to him.
Clarence was affectionately known as "Butsie" or "Craig" by his family and friends.
Throughout his professional career, Clarence was passionate in his efforts to ensure that urban residents received quality housing accommodations. He held numerous property management and development positions for which he received countless awards recognizing his outstanding service. This included New York City Housing Authority; Metro North Urban Renewal Area (East Harlem); Housing and Urban Development; New York State Urban Development Corporation; Jackie Robinson Management Corporation. In 1978, Clarence co-founded TECRA Management Corporation, which was responsible for managing 1,200 residential and commercial units throughout New York.
Prior to retiring in 2000, Clarence served as Executive Director of the Bridgeport (Connecticut) Housing Authority for fourteen years. During this period, he led the troubled Authority into financial and organizational stability by ensuring that the millions in federal and state public housing dollars were spent wisely.
Over the years this time has been spent enjoying quiet time with the family; watching TV in his man cave; traveling to the white sand beaches and blue waters of the Caribbean;attending Penn Relays; going to Central State University Alumni reunions; and having birthday lunches with longtime friends.
Clarence leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife, Joan; two children Nicole and Erick; a son-in-law, Wyane Faines; a sister-in-law, Charlene Gladstone; three sisters, Carol Johnson (husband, William Johnson), Tancene Alexander (husband, Richard Alexander) and Pamela Craig (companion, Horace Holloman); one brother, Cameron Craig; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.