John Miller Craig 90

ohn Miller Craig

 

John Miller Craig went into the loving arms of his Lord on June 5, 2015 at the family’s Craigmar Farm in Oldwick, NJ. He was born there on January 17, 1925. He also resided in nearby Pottersville, between 1953 and 1978. Miller attended Oldwick’s elementary school. Later, he graduated Flemington High School. While in Pottersville, he was active in the Pottersville Fire Department, and an early proponent of its annual antique show and peach festival. Returning home to Oldwick, Miller became a devoted member and supporter of Zion Lutheran Church. He was also a founding member of the Tewksbury Historical Society in 1989. In 1991, he founded the Garden Tour. Nine years later, when the Township formed the Agricultural Advisory Committee as a means to preserving the community’s bucolic character, Miller was appointed to its board. Miller’s devotion to family, church, farming and community was officially recognized when he was proclaimed Tewksbury’s 2014 Citizen of The Year. Former Mayor, Sean Van Doren, recently said of Miller, “Tewksbury has lost a true gem of an individual who never asked for something for himself but gave of himself, whether it be to his community through public service. Miller was one of the last of a generation of Tewksbury farmers who worked hard farming his land and keeping his farm open for all to enjoy. He will be sorely missed by many.” Family life was no less important to Miller. Married to Helene C. Gaston in March, 1949, they had three daughters, Marsha Livingston, Colorado Springs, CO, Marbern Berry of Hope, NJ, and Milene Miller of Chelsea, MI. Helene preceded him in death in July, 1990. In April, 1999 Miller married his childhood sweetheart, Doris Melick Schermerhorn Lisi Craig. Miller was also predeceased by his only sister, Helen Kaffitz, 1920 – 2010. In addition to Miller’s wife, Doris, and his three daughters, survivors include: Doris’s children, Sharon Santillo of Flemington, NJ; Robert Schermerhorn of Orlando, FL; and Sue Schermerhorn, also, of Flemington, NJ. Succeeding generations, who affectionately called Miller, “Poppy,” include: Grandchildren Laine M. Lercher, of Phoenix, AZ; Garrett Craig Robinson of Buena Vista, CO; Ryan Craig Berry (deceased); Staff Sgt. William J Berry of Germany; Julie Helene Miller of Califon; Katherine Alice Miller of Chelsea, MI; Brian Santillo of Atlanta, GA; and great-grandchildren include Chase Marshall Lercher and Brooke Milene Lercher, both of Phoenix, AZ. A memorial service to celebrate Miller’s life will be held on Friday, July 24th, at 11 a.m. at the Zion Evangelical Church in Oldwick. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Miller Craig may be made to Zion Lutheran Church Youth Group P.O. Box 41, Oldwick, NJ