Craig Swinton Stone went peacefully to his heavenly father on May 31, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz., at the age of 84. Born to Hubert and Ruth Stone in Greenwich, Conn., on April 15, 1934, Craig attended The Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Conn. He studied mathematics and French at Wesleyan University, graduating in 1956. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. During graduate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, he met the love of his life, Ann Katherine Schermerhorn. The couple was married on Feb. 8, 1964, and had two sons and a daughter.
Craig spent his entire career as a computer programmer, first at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Company in Conn., then at IBM in San Jose, Calif., and in Tucson until retirement. He was an avid cyclist and participated in the El Tour de Tucson. Craig and Ann took great joy traveling throughout the West in their RV and spending summers at their cabin in Pinetop. An intrepid sailor, he spent several enjoyable weeks as a crewmember of the sailing ship “The Zodiac” in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Craig was also a passionate bird watcher.
A bluegrass music enthusiast, Craig played the banjo, harp and dulcimer at church, school and social gatherings. He will be fondly remembered for his affable personality, warm smile and engaging laughter. He was always a friend to those in need and an ardent supporter of several charities.
Craig dearly loved his four grandchildren who continuously brought him great joy.
Craig will be greatly missed by his wife of 54 years, Ann; his three children, Scott (Kristen) of Phoenix; Andrew (Stephen Crippen) of Seattle, Wash.; and Sue Troutman (Tim) of Tucson; his grandchildren Jacqueline and Jessica Stone of Phoenix; and Allyssa “Ally” Troutman and Jakob “Jake” Troutman of Tucson. He is also survived by his sister Sandy Long (Gordon); nephews Dan Long (Christine) and Michael Long (Lynda); one great-niece; two great-nephews; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at Episcopal Church of the Apostles, 12111 N. La Cholla Blvd., Oro Valley, Ariz. 85755. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pipe Organ Project at Episcopal Church of the Apostles.