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Craig Allen Champion

Knox- Craig Champion, 44, died peacefully in his sleep at St Peter's Hospice Inn on October 13, 2018 after a battle with cancer and surrounded by his wife and daughter. Born in Knox on October 29, 1973, son of Don and Diane (Primeau) Champion, he was a 1991 graduate of Berne Knox Westerlo High School and Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Oneonta. Craig was a member of the Altamont Fair grounds crew starting in 1995 and continued in that capacity for over 10 years. After graduating college he worked for Eber Brother's Distributing Company in Altamont before starting his career with the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier. Craig loved his work with the post office and was beloved by his co-workers throughout the offices he frequented including Troy, South Glens Falls and most recently Branch 29 in Albany. Craig was a member of the Knox Fire Company for 19 years serving in multiple roles including Assistant Captain and Membership Secretary. He was also a member of Albany County Fireman's Association and a past member of NYS Stock Car Association. Craig was an avid sports fan routing for the New York Yankees and New York Giants. He loved to bowl and was involved in leagues at Westlawn Lanes and Town and Country Lanes both in Guilderland. He also enjoyed going to the dirt track races at Fonda Speedway and was often a fixture there with his parents. In addition to his parents, Craig is survived by his wife of 12 years, Jennifer (Rosen) Champion whom he married September 23, 2006; their daughter Reagan Beatrice Champion; his sister Beth (Peter) LaValle; niece Vivian LaValle; mother-in-law Rhea Rosen and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Craig was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Aubrey and Beatrice (Teal) Primeau and paternal grandparents, Gerald Champion and Ethel (Gray) Champion. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, October 19th at 11 am at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont, NY with burial to follow immediately after at the Knox Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, October 18, from 4-8 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Cancer Society HopeClub, One Penny Lane, Latham NY 12210 or St Peter's Hospice Inn, 315 S. Manning Blvd, Albany NY 12208. Special thank you to the staff at New York Oncology and Hematology.


Dear Don and Diane, I'm so sorry to hear of your son Craig passing. I lost my son also and know the utterly unbearable pain. No one can know what its like. I still remember you as the best neighbors when I was living in Knox. Taking care of the horses and such, and have thought of you often. You're in my prayers, along with his family. Kim (MacDonald) Carlson - Winchester Center, CT

Kim (MacDonald) Carlson Oct 27 2018 12:00 AM

Loving husband and father, beloved son, caring family member. Craig led a life to be proud of and our hope is that the memories shared will sustain you all through this difficult time. While we couldn't be present at the celebration of his life, all of you were in our thoughts and prayers. Much love.

Pat and Cathy Martin Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM

Jennifer, please know that my heart is full of sadness in hearing of the loss of your husband. May he Rest In Peace.

MaryEllen Kaufman Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences and sympathies.

Monica Filkins Castelli Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM

To the Champion family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss of your loved one. Please find comfort in the knowledge that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain and death (Revelation 21:3,4). May these promises from God's word, the Bible give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy.

Mary Oct 20 2018 12:00 AM

Don, Diane , Beth, Jen and Reagan. We are very sorry to hear about Craig. He is a great guy. May you all find peace and comfort in each other and friends. Rest In Peace Craig.

Randy and Anita Liddle Oct 18 2018 12:00 AM

Kim D'Agostino ( Alger) Oct 17 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Craig Champion

Kim D'Agostino ( Alger) Oct 17 2018 12:00 AM

Craig, you will be missed by our company RAD soap. Craig deliver our mail and alway was a bright smile that enter our building he will be missed by all my employee. Craig alway shared stories and made us laugh he is an amazing example of a wonderful human being, he will truely be missed. We love you and will miss you for a long time! Rest In Peace my friend love Sue and your friends at RAD.

Susan kerber Oct 16 2018 12:00 AM

Please accept our sincerest condolences on your loss. We met Onka when he and our son, Russ attended Oneonta. We spent several visits with him and Russ over the two years Russ was attending College. We enjoyed his company and thought he was a very enjoyable young man. When we again saw him at Russ's wedding we saw that the kind, amiable young man we remembered had not changed at all. He will be missed and remembered very fondly. Again; our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.

Lynn and Russ Tompkins Oct 16 2018 12:00 AM

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