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Craig John Delaney

November 09, 1952 - October 06, 2021



After a courageous and lengthy battle with leukemia, Craig John Delaney, 68, of Cadillac, Michigan, peacefully passed away on October 6, 2021, at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor.

Craig was born on November 9, 1952, to the late Irene Sawer and John Delaney in Owosso, Michigan.

He married Sharon Miller in 1992, and she survives. Craig earned a bachelor's and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Craig worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation in the Real Estate Division, lending his expertise in management, marketing, and law for 33 years before retiring in 2017.

Craig loved the outdoors, snowmobiling in the Upper Peninsula, and helping others. He generously shared his time, knowledge, and energy with family, friends, and strangers alike. Craig was a mentor to many and found joy in helping people reach their goals. Craig was a kind, humble, and loyal man who deeply valued his friends and family.

Craig's grandchildren held a special place in his heart. Whatever the occasion and no matter the distance, Craig attended all events involving his grandchildren. He loved spending time with his grandkids, whether walking wooded trails, riding the go-kart, or teaching them how to drive. Craig's grandchildren were the light of his life.

In addition to his wife of 29 years, Sharon, Craig is survived by his daughters, Wendy (Michael) Prezzato of Boyne City, MI, and Kelly (Roger) Myers of Brighton, MI.

Craig's grandchildren are Emily Prezzato, Nicholas Prezzato, Morgan Myers, Gabrielle Myers, Andrew Myers, and Claire Myers.

Craig leaves behind his siblings: David (Jeanne) Delaney, Dr. Jayne Delaney (Dr. Karl Smith), and Kirk (Sue) Delaney, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial celebration of Craig's life will take place from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Friday, October 15, 2021, at Fox Hill Event Center in Cadillac. Pastor Janet Larner will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Dr. Sami Malek Cancer Research Fund. Checks may be made payable to "The University of Michigan" and sent to the Michigan Medicine Office of Development, 777 E. Eisenhower Pkwy., Suite 650, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Gifts may also be made by calling 734-764-6777 or visiting the website at:

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Guest Book

  • JOHN ONEILL - Oct 9th, 2021 2:29 pm

    "Craig will always be in our heart.He always cared about other people first and himself second.No matter how he was feeling he was forever a friend and will be sorely missed by all who new him."

  • Gary Hagen - Oct 9th, 2021 7:51 pm

    "Craig was my very best friend. Friends like this only come once in a lifetime. I enjoyed being a neighbor for many years and enjoying many good times together. Craig will be greatly missed. May God bless"

  • Joanne Hagen - Oct 10th, 2021 5:43 am

    "We will always have you in our memories and hearts."

  • Stacey Trapani - Oct 10th, 2021 5:16 pm

    "Sharon and family - my deepest sympathies for the passing of your dear husband and father. My prayer for you is one of peace and comfort as you remember and celebrate his life. My thoughts and prayers will be with you Friday. I’m sorry I am unable to attend his services. "

  • Gail Deans, MDOT - Oct 10th, 2021 8:08 pm

    "My condolences to Craig’s family and friends, and sending sympathy from his MDOT family as well, we share your sorrow and loss. "

  • Melodie Marquiss - Oct 11th, 2021 11:08 am

    "Sharon: I was sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. It sounds like the last years have not been easy for your family. I will be praying for you and your family has you deal with this loss. May all your memories bring you comfort."

  • Carol A Brines - Oct 11th, 2021 1:10 pm

    "So sorry to hear about Craig's passing or may I say his promotion to glory. I know he will be missed here on earth but you will see him again. My thoughts are with you and the family during this time of sorrow."

  • Steve Conradson - Oct 13th, 2021 5:10 pm

    "I'm sorry to hear of Craig's passing. Prayers for those close Craig."

  • Gail Bitzer - Oct 13th, 2021 5:16 pm

    "Shannon I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Craig well however I do remember he had quite the workshop in your outbuilding. My Gods peace and blessings be upon you during this difficult time"

  • Dawn Pumford - Oct 15th, 2021 5:21 am

    "Craig’s kind spirit and love of his family will be greatly missed. Cherishing his passion for the outdoors and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Condolences Dawn and Matt Pumford "

  • Daniel Lund - Oct 15th, 2021 5:48 am

    "You will be missed my friend"

  • Brian & Jeanie Petersburg - Oct 15th, 2021 6:59 am

    "Kelly We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, knowing that he is now looking down on you and your family in peace and sharing a life of memories."

  • David and Tammy Bernier - Oct 15th, 2021 12:01 pm

    "Sending our love and prayers around you Sharon and family as you celebrate Craig's life and mourn his transition home. May God bless you all."

  • Janna Baker - Oct 19th, 2021 9:36 am

    "Craig was my "neighbor" in Grand Marais. I just heard of his passing and am deeply saddened. He and I became friends and shared stories of family and friends. He went out of his way to lend his help in several projects I had going on and I was looking forward to seeing him in the late Fall. Happy Journey, my friend. "

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