John “Craig” Dawson

It is with extreme sadness that parents John and Mary Dawson, with brother Mark, announce the death of their 35 year old beloved son, John “Craig” Dawson, on Wed., May 1, 2013, at his home in Plano Texas, in the arms of his loving wife, Catrina.
Craig suffered with Stage IV Malignant Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. He fought a courageous battle for four years. There is joy in knowing that he is at peace with his Lord and Saviour in heaven.
Craig was born on Dec. 25, 1977, at the Riverside Hospital in Ottawa. He married his wife, Catrina Gilchrist, on Oct. 19, 2002, in Milwaukee, Wis. They have one son, John “Truman” Dawson, age 4.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Dudley and Evelyn Craig of Kemptville, Carl Dawson of Winchester, and Aunt Kathy Craig of Brockville.
Craig attended Commonwealth Public School in Brockville, where he was known as the “computer whiz kid,” and Thousand Islands Secondary School. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa with an Honours of Commerce Degree in 2000. In his summers, he enjoyed working with both Vriend Construction in Greely and D&C Masonry in Kemptville. After graduation, he was employed in New York City as vice-president of finance for AIESEC, United States. He was a member of the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario. After moving to Texas from Florida, he was a financial analyst for Xerox in Dallas. Craig was a handyman extraordinaire, a water safety instructor, an excellent cook, and a straight-faced amateur comedian. He loved to water ski at the cottage known as “Little Chesterville on the Rideau,” near Kemptville.
His spiritual education began at Trinity United Church in Chesterville, and continued at both Brockville Wesleyan and Standard Churches. He was the bookkeeper at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church in North Gower. Craig and Catrina are members of the One Community Church in Plano. Craig’s faith guided his servant heart throughout his life, including his participation in Kairos Prison Ministry, and the Appalachia Service Project.
A Memorial Service to worship God and celebrate Craig’s life will be held at Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, 6556 Prince of Wales Dr., North Gower on Sat., May 11. Visitation is at 1:30 pm with the service at 3 pm.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, the Kemptville District Hospital, or Cornerstone Wesleyan Church.
Catrina will host another celebration of life on Tues., May 14 at 2 pm at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco, Texas.
Donations there are requested to go to the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Center.
Craig has donated his body to the University of Texas for cancer medical research.
Thanks to everyone for their outpouring of love and prayers.