Craig Faville, age 59, lost his valiant battle to cancer on November 27, 2019, at William Child’s Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida with his daughter Sarah at his side.
He was born on April 16, 1960, in Gloversville, NY to Robert and Jaqueline (Canfield) Faville, who both survive. Additional survivors include his son, Ryan (Cassandra Cirillo); daughter, Sarah Howland (Chris); their mom Kelly (Hudson) Faville; sister, Sherri Wilson (Doug); sister, Stacey Faville; granddaughter, Eleanor (Ella) Faville; baby-to-be Howland; many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. Craig was predeceased by his brothers, Mark and Everett (Cubby) Faville.
A 1977 graduate of Gloversville High School, his talents and passion for baseball took him to California, where he planned to play, but an injury and surgery derailed those plans. Though he did get some life lessons in motorcycling riding and working for airlines installing conveyor belts while on the west coast, Craig returned to family in Gloversville to start the next chapter in his life. Craig always giggled telling the story about how he met the “graceful” love of his life thanks to a display being knocked over at Price Chopper grocery store.
Though their journey took them in separate directions, Kelly (Hudson) and Craig shared unwavering love and pride in their children, Ryan (Cassandra Cirillo) and Sarah (Chris Howland). Talking about and connecting with his children and new granddaughter, Ella, were his most heartfelt moments. He insisted that baby Howland will be a boy and we shall see if his hunch rings true in May 2020.
Craig was a voracious reader who personified sarcasm and wit. There was seldom a Howard Stern show, Mash episode, or Law and Order rerun he missed. An avid sports fan (da Bears, go Mets), he spoke from the heart and spent the last few months reflecting on the people and moments that touched his soul. He wanted others to see and hear the impact of this disease as a reminder to cherish the good we each have.
Craig was employed at Tryon Correctional Facility in Fulton County before relocating to Melbourne, Florida. His appreciation for the folks at VFW Post 4206 ran deep for this “family” who supported him during some good and challenging times.
Craig’s family shares its gratitude with the staff at William Child’s Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida for exceptional care and support during Craig’s final days. Craig was beyond grateful to Kelly, Sarah, and Ryan whose unconditional love and help during some trying times was a true gift.
If you knew Craig well, you wouldn’t be surprised to know his wishes preferred a celebration of life instead of formal funeral services. Details of this event to toast to Craig’s life will follow soon.
In the meantime, you know he will be beaming if you agree to raise a glass in his honor, gather with the people who mean most to you in the world, laugh till it hurts, and promise to do it again tomorrow.
In lieu of flowers, your donation will have much greater impact for the Hospice House at 381 Medplex Parkway, Palm Bay, FL 32907.