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GLOUCESTER: Mr. Craig M. Renales, Sr., 50, of Gloucester, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, March 25, 2016. He was the former husband to Lynne Menicocci, with whom he did share many happy years.

Craig was born on October 14, 1965, son of the late Donald R., Sr. and Nancy J. (Carmichael) Renales. He was a lifelong resident of Gloucester, a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1984.

Craig learned his trade of being a machinist in high school and always thought very highly of his teacher, Gus Surette. Craig was a highly-skilled machinist and loved what he did. He worked for many machine shops through the years, including Roberts Machine, Dukette Machine, Wilbur Tracey Assoc. and Machine Technology. He was also self-employed for a period of time. As of late, he worked on small engine repair. Craig was actually a Jack of all trades.

Craig grew up close to the woods and that became his playground and backyard. Whether it was hunting with his dad, riding dirt bikes with his friends, or just hanging at the rope course, the woods were where you could find him. He was an avid gun shooter and won many awards at the Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed fishing, which he loved doing with C.J., Elizabeth, and Ben, either at the Sportsman’s Club or on his beloved boat. Craig was a lover of motorcycles and his land cruiser, which he and his dad rebuilt and couldn’t be more proud of. He was an avid sports fan. But more than anything, he loved his children with all he had. He loved watching them grow and was so proud of all their accomplishments.

In addition to his former wife, Lynne, Craig is survived by his three children, #1 son, Craig M. Renales, Jr. “C.J.”, his little girl, Elizabeth M. Renales, and #2 son, Benjamin R. Renales all of Gloucester; his two sisters, Carole L. Renales and Pollyann Renales, both of Lynn; his brother, Gary Renales and his wife, Carolyn of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; by his many nieces and nephews; his "second wife" and best friend, Jimmy Patrican.

He was predeceased by his two brothers, Donald R. Renales, Jr. and Kenneth “Buzzy” Renales; and his sister, Charlene E. Renales.

Craig was a true friend to all he knew and the first to lend a hand when anyone needed help. He will be sadly missed by all.

There will be a short prayer service at Craig’s mother and father’s grave in Calvary Cemetery, Eastern Avenue, Gloucester, on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Immediately following the prayer service there will be a Celebration of Craig’s Life at the Magnolia Library, 1 Lexington Avenue, Gloucester, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester.
Published on  April 6, 2016
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