It is with profound sadness the family of Craig Sanders announces his passing on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Craig was born in Fort Frances on March 20, 1957, to Wilf and Lyla Sanders. He spent his entire life in the area other than his time attending the Queen’s School of Business in Kingston, Ontario, which he was so proud of.

Craig returned to Fort Frances after graduation and started working for his father, eventually buying the store. Over the course of 43 years, he built a successful business known for a friendly smile down every aisle.

He was a pillar in the local business community as the owner of The Place and past president of the Chamber of Commerce. He was quick to lend a hand and so generous with his time and support to other stores in the Pratts program and the Triple 4 Board. He enjoyed the many wonderful friendships with the people he met throughout his career.

He also gave back. As an active volunteer, his contributions to the community were broad and many. As a board member and later Chairman of the Board of Riverside Healthcare for two decades, Craig was deeply passionate about enabling the best health and wellness for our community. He spent countless hours helping with the ski trails and building of the chalet for the Rainy Lake Nordic Ski Club.

Craig married the love of his life Maria Jane Allison in June 1991 and together they have made a wonderful life together enjoying many, many fun times with family and friends. Craig’s greatest enjoyment and fulfillment were his three wonderful children and his beautiful grandson Caleb. He was so proud of Justin, Maddie and Abby and loved nothing more than to spend time with them and his best friend, his wife Maria.

Craig had so many close friends. His relationships with his high school buddies continued throughout his entire life – the laughs and adventures never ended. He will be greatly missed not only by his family but the many people, young and old, whose lives he touched throughout his journey.

Craig loved the lake life. He enjoyed building new things, puttering in the yard or the garage and having a cold Blue light. He was up for anything. A friend said he had a smile that could light up a room and a gift for the gab on any subject. It was true!

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Maria; son Justin (Melissa); grandson Caleb; daughters Madeline and Abigail; mother Lyla, brother Scott (Marlene); sister-in-law Susan Allison; brothers-in-law David Allison and Michael Allison (Lisa); nieces and nephews Kyla Welch, Laura (Glen) Smith, Emily (Cody) Sanders, Jessica (Zander) Sanders, Avery, Olivia and Bella Allison and Ian and Graeme Kitt.

Craig was predeceased by his beautiful daughter Allison and his father Wilf and in-laws Bill and Joan Allison.

The family invites you to join us at La Place Rendezvous on Monday, August 8, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Given how important the healthcare in our area was to Craig, donations in memoriam may be made to Riverside Healthcare facility or a charity of your choice.

No one knows what an ordinary day will bring … so be kind, say I love you and I’m sorry, and enjoy the little things in life; the way Craig lived his life every day.

Pick up a Blue Light and toast the smartest guy we know.

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Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary, Inc.