Hilliard Northwest News

Former chamber president to be remembered


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Tidd Funeral Home, 5265 Norwich St., for 60-year-old Hilliard resident Steve Alan Craig, a past president of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce and co-owner of Run of the Mill Tavern.

Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Tidd Funeral Home.

Craig was a recipient of the John Galbreath Award, indicative of his service to the community. He operated a private practice on Norwich Street, in Old Hilliard.

Craig was a past president of the former Convention and Visitors Bureau of Hilliard, and as a past president of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, helped establish the chamber's Hollyfest Scholarship Foundation.

An annual silent auction and dinner support the scholarship fund, which is the largest local scholarship source for Hilliard graduates.

"Steve was an integral part of the foundation's beginning as he believed in giving back to the community where he had his business and lived," said Libby Gierach, executive director of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce.

More than $360,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Hilliard students during the past 31 years, Gierach said

Craig was also a member of the Franklin County Agricultural Society and a life member of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society.

Professionally, he was a hearing officer for the Ohio Department of Education and served as a magistrate in Hilliard Mayor's Court and courts in Madison County.

Craig graduated in 1970 from Licking Heights High School and received a law degree in 1976 from Ohio State University.

Craig, who died June 29, is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary; son, Bill Craig; daughter, Katy (Nick) Craig Swathwood; brother, Doug (Nicki); brothers-in-law, Bill (Sue) Arnold and John (Sandy) Arnold; grandsons, Abe and Ike Swathwood; nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hollyfest Scholarship Foundation, in care of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, 4081 Main St., Hilliard, Ohio, 43026; or the Capital Area Humane Society, 3015 Scioto-Darby Executive Court, Hilliard, Ohio 43026.