Craig John Pitman Carty, 62, died peacefully, Feb. 12, 2018, with his wife Victoria by his side, in the Langley home they shared for nearly 30 years. Craig’s health had been declining and his farewell came almost seven years to the day of an emergency brain tumor removal. In the years following that diagnosis, Craig found comfort in spending time with friends and family in the community he so loved. One of the final phrases Craig was able to speak in his final days was simply, “Thank you.”
Born Aug. 9, 1955, at Fort Dix, N.J., to John and Louise Carty, Craig was the second oldest of six siblings (Dona, Carolyn, Elise, Deborah, Jeff). He later welcomed two more brothers (Shawn, Scott), as he affectionately said “from another mother,” when his father married Elaine.
Craig was preceded in death by his mother, step-mother, father and sisters Elise and Deborah.
Following his service to our country in the Army, Craig enjoyed a robust career in construction, shaping the skyline of Bellevue and Seattle on Skyline Tower, Century Square and City Centre. He traveled around the country as a project manager on construction for The Sharper Image and Orchard Supply Hardware stores. He also managed an addition to South Whidbey High School and lent his hand to countless community projects on Whidbey Island while volunteering with BSA Troop 57 and Habitat for Humanity.
Described as a man who loved to laugh, could fix anything, knew the value of escaping to the high hills and was always there for you, Craig even had friends around the world through his passion for Ham radio.
The family would like to thank WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care for their support and comfort, along with the countless friends and family who provided care through car rides to Seattle, conversation and laughs when they were most needed.
Craig’s ashes will be spread during private memorials in Langley and at his favorite elk hunting camp in eastern Washington.
The family asks that remembrances be made to the charity of your choice.