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CRAIG MAINS (published on February 27, 2010)



CRAIG MAINS June 14, 1950 - February 19, 2010 It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Craig Harold Mains of Edmonton, Alberta in a tragic motorcycle accident near Needles, California on Friday, February 19, 2010. Craig was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on June 14, 1950 and grew up in Winnipeg nurtured by a loving, caring, close family. These straight up, prairie values stuck with him throughout his life and made him the decent, honest, hard working guy everyone he came in contact with admired. In his early twenties he became a crane operator and was highly respected in his trade. A natural born entrepreneur and charismatic leader, in 1994, he started his own crane rental business which, boosted by the combination of his unique people skills and vast knowledge of the industry, rapidly grew to become one of the largest privately owned crane rental companies in western Canada with an American subsidiary, Mains USA. Craig was supremely proud and confident in the fiercely loyal, talented team he'd put together, the sky high standards they'd set and the dedication they've shown throughout the years to the group of companies and their loyal clients. He would be especially proud and grateful at this time for the love and support they've extended to his heart broken family. Carolyn would like to thank each and every one of them from the bottom of her heart and would like to re-assure the customers and friends of Mains Crane Rigging Ltd. and Mains USA that they have been left in competent, caring hands. The team is carrying on taking care of things the way Craig would have wanted. He put his heart and soul into building the business and will be with them in spirit as they move forward. First and foremost though, Craig was known for his love, devotion, and generosity to his wife, family and friends. A curious, brilliant, big hearted, fun loving man with a legendary sense of humour, he was absolutely magic and embraced life to the fullest. In his spare time he loved to head off into the desert and hills from Cave Creek, Arizona on his Harley, either solo or with his buddies, and was smitten by the game of golf. He had more clubs than Tiger Woods. He loved fine wine, expensive cigars, and chicken wings. Craig is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn; daughters, Arliss Mains, Charlotte Harris and son-in-law Jeff Harris; son, Daniel Mains, granddaughters, Cheryl Mains, Shauna Mains, Cindi Mains and Samantha Mains; grandsons, Derek Mains, Brandon Harris and Tyler Harris; mother, Oral Mains; brother, Laurie Mains; father-in-law, George Wells; mother-in-law, Jo Wells; and countless friends from all over the continent. Craig was predeceased by three very special people: his uncles, Dr. Jim Lawson of Carman, MB and Hugh John MacKenzie of Winnipeg, MB; and his grandmother, Mrs. Edith Dunn of Boissevain, MB. Jim and Hugh John were like a dad to Craig and he absolutely adored his grandmother. The family will be eternally grateful for the love and support shown by close friends, Bill and Sabrina Elkington from Edmonton, AB; Harry Driver from Duncan, BC; and Dick and Gail Johnson from Cassidy, BC. We could not have made it through this difficult time without them. We would also like to express our appreciation to Deputy Mark Johnson of the Needles Police Department for his kindness, gentleness and consideration, which was above and beyond the call of duty. A Funeral Service will be held at the Bardal Funeral Home on Thursday, March 4, 2010 in Winnipeg, MB at 1:30 p.m. A Celebration of Craig's Life will be held at Highlands Golf Club in Edmonton, AB on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 4.00 p.m. More information is available at www.mainscrane.com A memorial fund for Craig has been set up at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton, AB and the family has requested that a donation be made in Craig's behalf in lieu of flowers. What an amazing guy! Connelly-McKinley Funeral Home Downtown Chapel 780-422-2222


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