Julie Smith broke the sad news of Craig Laframboise’s passing to the people of Sarnia, Ontario, on Saturday, December 9. In a poignant statement, Julie expressed her deep sorrow, saying, “Completely heartbroken words can’t even begin to describe how much I’m going to miss you, Craig Laframboise.”
Craig, a cherished member of the Sarnia community, touched the lives of many with his warm heart and infectious spirit. Julie reminisced about their enduring friendship, spanning back to their childhood when they first met at the tender age of 10. Over the last six months, Craig and Julie had rekindled their connection, and the impact of his presence was profound.
“You will forever hold a special place in my heart,” Julie declared, reflecting the depth of their bond. Her heartfelt words painted a picture of a person who left an ind
elible mark on those fortunate enough to know him. “You’ve had a piece of my heart since the day we met when we were only 10 years old,” she continued, illustrating the enduring nature of their connection.
Craig’s journey through life included a dedicated career at IBEW Local 530, where he contributed his skills and efforts to his community. His commitment to his work was a testament to his character, and he undoubtedly made a positive impact on those around him.
Education played a significant role in Craig’s life, as he studied at Fanshawe College, demonstrating his commitment to personal and professional growth. His pursuit of knowledge and skills further exemplified his dedication to self-improvement.
Beyond his professional and academic endeavors, Craig’s social circle was rich with friends who valued his companionship. The testimonials pouring in after his passing spoke volumes about the impact he had on the lives of those around him. Julie’s words encapsulated the sentiment shared by many: “But mostly I’m going to miss having you back in my life every day. You were one of my biggest cheerleaders~ yes I’m calling you a cheerleader.”
The loss of Craig Laframboise was not only felt personally by those who knew him intimately but also by the broader community of Sarnia. His infectious laughter, charming smile, and penchant for lighthearted banter endeared him to many. Julie’s mention of missing his “stupid dad jokes” and the way he teased her about everything painted a vivid picture of a person who brought joy and laughter into the lives of others.
In times of need, Craig had a reliable habit of reaching out to friends, whether through calls or texts. It was a testament to his caring nature and the genuine connections he cultivated. Julie expressed a bittersweet longing, saying, “You’d always call or text when you needed me~ I just wish you would have called me this time.” This sentiment resonated with the raw emotion that often accompanies unexpected loss.
Craig Laframboise’s roots ran deep in Sarnia, Ontario, where he not only lived but also played an active role in the community. As someone who hailed from Sarnia, he carried the essence of the town in his heart, contributing to the local fabric in both his personal and professional capacities.
As the community grapples with the void left by Craig’s departure, it’s essential to remember and celebrate the positive impact he had on the lives of those who were fortunate enough to share in his journey. His legacy is not only marked by his professional achievements but also by the genuine connections he forged and the warmth he brought into the lives of those around him.
In the words of Julie Smith, “Forever in my heart, Forever going to miss you. You were absolutely one of the good ones.” Craig Laframboise, a beloved resident of Sarnia, will be remembered not just for the roles he played in his career and education but, more importantly, for the enduring impressions he left on the hearts of friends, family, and the community he called home.