AUBURN — Steven Michael Craw, 61, passed away at Hospice House Jan. 4, after losing a courageous and valiant battle with cancer. Diagnosed approximately six months ago, Steven never complained or gave up, maintaining a brave and cheerful outlook along with his quick-wit and infectious sense of humor.

Steven, affectionately known to his friends and family as “Stevie,” was born Dec. 26, 1950. He grew up in the Lewiston-Auburn area, where he attended Edward Little High School, before serving his country for 22 years in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Craw had a long military career earning several commendations including the Navy Commendation Medal, Fifth Good Conduct Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Navy “E” Ribbon and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal as well as Miramar Sailor Of The Year in 1978.

Stevie had a great passion for life and was happiest cooking for friends and family. He was generous with everything he possessed, from material goods to jokes, praise, encouragement, laughter and always love. While often the life of the party, he was compassionate, kind-hearted and sensitive. Stevie made friends easily and maintained contact with many whose paths crossed with his. He was loyal and true, with an ever­ ready ear to listen, or shoulder to cry on.

His keen intellect was demonstrated through lively and insightful conversation and as an avid crossword player who loved the challenge of the New York Times Sunday puzzle. Stevie had great love of music, dance, cooking and animals.

He is survived by four brothers, Jerry of Auburn, Tommy of North Carolina, Jesse Jr. of Florida, and Gard of Lewiston; six sisters, Penny Pare of Lewiston, Sharon Greaton of California, Cassie Sharp of California, Cindy of Texas, Vicki Anderson of California, and Lori of Washington; as well as four grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his loving daughter, Shari; his parents, Anita and Jesse; as well as his brother, Dick; and sister, Bonnie.

Brother, father, husband, friend, this gentle soul will be sorely missed.

Guest Book