Craig Douglas Eros
Passed on October 22, 2020
March 21, 1955 – October 22, 2020
Craig Eros passed away suddenly at his home near Gunton, Manitoba on Thursday, October 22, 2020 with his loving wife Shelley by his side. Craig will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. Craig leaves to cherish his memory his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters, brother, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-laws, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins. Craig was predeceased by his parents Marge and Willie Eros and his older brother Glenn.
Craig was born in Winnipeg, the second oldest of a very busy family of five children. He grew up in Transcona, graduating in 1973 from Murdoch MacKay Collegiate. Craig was always a creative, generous fun-loving guy who had many friends and enjoyed life. From an early age, he shared his love of music and art with those around him. One of his first jobs during high school was teaching guitar and he performed in many bands over the years, including the rock band Eros, in which he played lead guitar and sang vocals along with brother Glenn. In his twenties, Craig was a sound technician for live bands. He later became accomplished in Spanish and Flamenco guitar, and he and Shelley participated in a Spanish dance troop for many years. He never lost his passion for rock and blues and spent many an hour in his well-equipped home recording studio writing and making music. He played guitar for hours a day and became a mentor to many fellow guitarists. Recently, he had taken up a new interest in keyboards and synthesizers. Craig had just completed the first cut of a new solo album in which he played all the instrument tracks, including vocals.
Craig leaves us with a legacy of breathtaking works of art which began in childhood and the many years he worked at Hawkins Taxidermy. He will be especially remembered for his Manitoba landscapes, sunset, sunrise and wildlife paintings and, more recently, his hauntingly beautiful “space art” of galaxies, planets and nebula. Craig was a dedicated family man, devoted husband, father and grandfather. In 1985, he married Shelley and in 1986, the family relocated to north of Gunton, where Craig and Shelley incorporated and Craig took on the role of President of Rockridge Turkey Breeder Farm Ltd. Craig also worked at Charison’s Turkey Hatchery. Over the decades there were many farm locations, Rockridge Grower, Rockridge Breeder, Blue Springs, Windsor and Northridge. Craig worked diligently in that role until his retirement in 2016. Craig and Shelley shared many happy times on their wooded acreage, creating art and music together, spending time with friends and enjoying the simple things in life.
Craig was inspired every day by the simple beauty he saw around him – a deer in the yard or birds at his feeder. He could often be found in the woods walking and maintaining his trails. He was a devoted gardener, spending much time caring for his plants. He loved to barbecue and cook on a wood fire pit and especially enjoyed making meals at the camper at East Shoal Lake. He always brought along a Flamenco guitar and if he wasn’t cooking, he was playing. Craig was an avid fisherman and caught many trophies. He fished all sorts of fish, including pickerel, lake trout, muskie, salmon and arctic char in many parts of Northern Manitoba, Lake of the Woods and even as far afield as Great Bear Lake and British Columbia. Craig was loved.
Craig had many plans for the future. His life impacted so many people. His family and friends are heartbroken at his early passing and will miss him beyond measure. May your thoughts of Craig remind you to live your passions and enjoy the everyday beauty in life. The family extends its sincere thanks to Emergency Service personnel, the RCMP and Ken Loehmer for their kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Craig’s memory to a group that meant a lot to him, Grateful Friends Animal Rescue at Box 999 Teulon, Mb. R0C 3B0 or the charity of your choice. A private service will be held.
condolences to Craig's family Aunt Barbara,to sister Susan.Sorry I did not see the notice. Since Janet passed away,I have been a bit lost. Just needed to say Hi,and may your memories keep your Love. Lots of Care...Bill Dubas
Craig, we were fortunate enough to work with you in our Spanish dance group for several years including that special gig at the Fairmont for Winnipeg’s version of Dancing with the Stars. The fun we had rehearsing Garrotin with Pedro and Sylvia Kuzyk are memories we’ll always keep close to our hearts. You’ll live on in our memories, the wonderful music making and the fantastic conversations we had. Miss you forever...
Howard Chan and Gloria Chen
Getting to jam with Craig was some of the best times and most inspiring! Thank you for everything and inspiring everyone around you.
Time, like a thief steals the sweetest moments of our youth, but it can not take from us the memories that lie there, they are deep in your deathless soul. These are the joys and sorrows of being. Time as unkind as it is to the flesh, has no hold on the soul, in there it is always now. Without you my friend, the lives that you have touched would not shine as they do. These earthly days we mark as years are as fleeting as the wind, what you are will always be ... timeless, eternal. Thank you Craig for your friendship, your kindness, your laughter, and endless remarkable talent in music, art and nature. I was blessed the day I met you, and know you always have place in my heart until we meet again. Play on my brother ... and i will see you on the other side. owen
Craig is remembered as a warm and fun loving guy. My condolences to his family and friends. His buddy from school and old neighbours , Mona Tetrault
Craig played for my flamenco dance few years ago and made me feel at home thousands of miles away from Spain. I'll never forget his smile and kindness. Shelley, you have been very lucky to have such an angel in your life. All my love from Madrid!
A beautiful summary of an enormously creative, vibrant, diligent and wacky free-spirit. Ne plus ultra. None better. We will not have a friend like him again, but we will be able to look up for comfort. Let love rule our days in his wake.
Craig and i became friends back in Cubs in our preteen years. I was Sixer, he was Seconder. His creative spirit was always a huge inspiration to me. He was the best guitar player i knew back in Transcona, but he was always so humble about it. That's gonna be a world class jam with Craig, Glen, and Brad Allison. Peace.
It blew me away the day I received Shelley's email and my heart goes out to Shelley and the Kids. I became friends with Craig back when he was teaching guitar on Regent Ave. in Transcona. As I was the original Bass Player in our band "EROS" from our inception to our demise so I really got to know Craig as a man, a confidant and as a friend. He truly was a remarkable person, making it easy to understand why he had so many people close to him. Shelley ... You lost the most important part of your life. He will be missed.
Daryl "Lizard" Lozenski
We are very sad to of heard of Craig’s passing. We’ve enjoyed getting to know him over the yrs and watching him play with his band. He will be greatly missed. Bruce&Lisa Twerdochlib And family.
Lisa and Bruce Twerdochlib
We are so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing . He really was blest with many artistic talents , which we enjoyed . We are pleased to have known him.
Bob & Linda Byle
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