Norman D. Craig, 83, jeweler, was active in Ridgefield community

Norman D. Craig, 83, of Ridgefield, husband of Elsie (Fossi) Craig, died Jan. 29, 2011, at Ridgefield Crossing.

Mr. Craig was born Dec. 6, 1927, in Bronxville, N.Y., son of Ross MacKenzie and Helen (Keirnan) Craig.

Raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., he attended Scarsdale schools, graduating in the Class of 1946.

Immediately upon graduation from high school, Mr. Craig enlisted in the United States Marine Corps., serving from 1946 to 1948.

He later attended watchmaking school. He entered the jewelry business in 1950, joining his mother in the Craig Jewelry Store in Ridgefield.

Mr. Craig was active in the Ridgefield community as a businessman and community leader. His community service included incorporator of the Visiting Nurse Association and the Boys and Girls Club, trustee of the Family Y, assistant chief and president of the Volunteer Fire Department, director of the old Teen Center, Boy Scout scoutmaster, president and founding member of Kiwanis, a founder with Clarence Korker of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of Knights of Columbus, and sponsor of many Little League and other youth sports teams.

All this activity helped earn him the Chamber of Commerce Public Service Award in 1986 and Kiwanis Citizen of the Year Award in 1990 and the nickname "Stormin' Norman."

Mr. Craig had the rare distinction of having been a member of both the Democratic and Republican Town Committees and serving as chairman.

He started out a Republican and served on that town committee and on the Board of Tax Review.

A Democrat during the administration of his brother-in-law, First Selectman Louis J. Fossi, he served on various town study committees and was a delegate to the 1978 Democratic State Convention.

Later in life, he returned to the Republican fold, and in 1998, he won a seat on the Board of Finance.

Mr. Craig also served as a justice of the peace. A member of St. Mary's Parish in Ridgefield, he was a former member of the advisory board and fund-raising committee and an acolyte.

He was active in the life of Immaculate High School in Danbury. He served on the original fund-raising committee, was a former president of the parents' club and was a recipient of the lifetime achievement award.

Mr. Craig was a member of the Marquette Council Knights of Columbus of Ridgefield and was a past grand knight, as well as a member of the American Legion, Marine Corps League and the annual Memorial Day parade committee.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by a son, William D. Craig and his wife, Susan, of Brookfield; two daughters, Karin (Craig) Petrini and her husband, Robert, of Danbury, and Lori L. Corsak and her husband, David, of New Milford; a sister, Joan Hadden, of Newton Square, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Barbara Craig, of Mt. Kisco, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer and her husband, Kevin Pink, Ross MacKenzie Craig, Kimberly Craig, Thomas and his wife, Emily Petrini, Dr. Nicholas Petrini, Michael Petrini, Matthew Petrini and Kaitlyn Corsak; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Craig was predeceased by his brother, Neil Craig.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated today (Friday) at 10:15 a.m. in St. Mary's Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery with military honors.

The Kane Funeral Home of Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Connecticut, Suite 107, 306 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457, or to the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, Home Care Program, 405 Main St., Danbury 06810, or to the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire Department, 6 Catoonah St., Ridgefield, CT 06877, or to the Norman D. Craig Scholarship Fund, Immaculate High School, 73 Southern Blvd., Danbury, CT 06810.