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Robert H. Craig, a former city alderman who, as comptroller at Lockport Memorial Hospital for 20 years, was instrumental in privatizing the hospital, died in his home Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2000) after a long illness. He was 72.

Craig was a 1946 graduate of Lockport High School. He received his bachelor of science degree in business administration from Niagara University in 1952.

He worked for William Kugler and Bros. and then had his own business, C&C Tax Service, before working as comptroller for Lockport Memorial Hospital in 1974. He retired from the hospital in 1994. After his retirement, he continued to work part-time for the hospital until March.

Craig was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and served for 13 months in the Japanese Occupation after World War II.

He was a social and community activist, and in 1989 was appointed by then Mayor Raymond C. Betsch as the City of Lockport's 3rd Ward alderman, to fill the unexpired term of the late John T. Whitmore. He served on the Council for eight months.

He was active in many community groups, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scout Troop 4, Cub Scouts Troop 50, the Lockport Four Seasons Players, DeSales High School Booster Club and was a Fourth Degree lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and was church lector there for 30 years.

Craig enjoyed golfing and was president of the Chestnut Meadows Golf Club in 1964. He also was a member of the Shelridge Country Club in Medina and Oak Run Golf Course. He raised money for Lockport Memorial Hospital charities as the chairman of their golf outings through a series of successful events during the 1960s.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Sally Merritt; a daughter, Nancy Williams of Longmeadow, Mass.; four sons, Peter M. of Berwyn, Ill., Matthew I. of Fort Wayne, Ind., Robert H. and John D.; a brother, David; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. John the Baptist Church, 168 Chestnut St., after services at 9:30 in the Prudden and Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St. Burial will be in Cold Spring Cemetery.

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