R. Craig Wilkins

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R. Craig Wilkins

November 16, 1971 - July 19, 2018

Boston, MA - R. Craig Wilkins, age 46, of Boston, Mass. and Warren, Vermont, suffered a heart attack and passed away on July 19, 2018 while playing golf in Cambridge, MA. Craig was born in Cambridge to parents Terry and Richard, and grew up in North Andover. He graduated from North Andover High School, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Boston University.
Craig began working at Akamai in 1999, where he had a series of leadership positions and was recently promoted to Senior Director within the Enterprise Division.
He met his beloved wife, Lydia (Holden) in 2004 while skiing at Sugarbush in Vermont. As Craig would recount the story, upon meeting him, Lydia immediately gave him a (what was for her an uncharacteristic) hug. It was the first of many hugs over the course of seemingly endless adventures they enjoyed together.
Craig and Lydia were married in 2007 at the Soggy Dollar on Jost Van Dyke. He was a loving husband and had a very special and supportive relationship with Lydia. He encouraged her to join along side him to become a private pilot, obtain a Coast Guard captain's license, and to become an avid golfer. Craig always wanted Lydia to be beside him or in front of him, and encouraged her to be her best.
Craig enjoyed sailing, flying his plane, fishing, golfing, mountain biking, snowmobiling, skiing, and brewing beer, and was infamous for his “Do It All Weekends” that combined several of these activities. Craig and Lydia shared their many adventures with their Labrador, Abby.
One of Craig and Lydia’s most infamous adventures was a 2009-2010 sailing trip to the Caribbean. Craig was also known for buying Lydia unusual presents such as a snow blower or a log splitter.
Many colleagues, family and friends were also blessed by Craig’s enthusiasm and encouragement. He shared his humor and passion for living life to the fullest with all who crossed his path.
In addition to his wife Lydia, survivors include Craig’s mother, Terry Wilkins; father, Richard Wilkins; sister, Jennifer Wilkins; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Craig’s life will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at the Sugarbush Golf Course in Warren, Vermont. Family, colleagues, and friends are welcome. Memorial donations may be made to Pilots N Paws (at www.pilotsnpaws.org).
Published on July 21, 2018
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Alexandre Menai
Oct 11, 2018
Craig was a great leader and pilot. I always enjoyed the passion and energy he conveyed in everything he did. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Tom Mistretta
Aug 22, 2018
Craig was always a warm, welcoming person who made everyone comfortable. He was a bright engineer, a dedicated leader, and a wonderful colleague. To Lydia and the family: I've never met you but I am very sorry to hear this news. I met Craig soon after I joined Akamai in 2010 and we became friends right away. He encouraged me to go into sailing which I did a few years after we met. Later we would go on lunches and we would always have a great time, discussing sailing (of course), his interests (flying) and mine (running). He always wanted to hear what I was up to. Craig was a great guy who will be missed tremendously.
Cheryl Pimental
Jul 30, 2018
I haven't seen Craig in many years, but I am still so sad for Dick, his dad, and his mom Terry, as well as his sister, Jennifer and Lydia, not to mention all his friends. I never met his wife, but I am sure from his obit that she lost her best friend. What an adventure they lived. Very sad news.
Kannan Alagarraj
Jul 29, 2018
Craig is known as a great person who cares for others and believes in helping the people around him. My deepest condolences to his family. May his sole rest in peace.
Ken & Lori Snyder
Jul 28, 2018
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences are with you, Lydia and your family.
Sughosh Gupta
Jul 27, 2018
Craig was one of the liveliest person I've ever know. He was a great leader and a wonderful colleague. My deepest condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Craig.
Ameet Chhatwal
Jul 26, 2018
I have always seen Craig as a joyful person, full of life and always excited to share his many adventures of life and his home state Vermont. I can never forget my first call with him, when he offer me a job. He was a great person to have around and always motivated the people around him. One day we will meet again my friend untill then Rest In Peace!
Juli CT
Jul 26, 2018
I met Craig and Lydia while my late husband and I were on our sailing voyage in the Caribbean. We were the youngest couples sailing full time during the recession! I remember that Craig recognized us from our crew shirts and sailing blog - and he gave us lots of useful sailing advice. I was blessed to maintain a friendship with them and loved following their adventures on FB. I feel for his family on such a great and unexpected loss.
Kavitha Poduval
Jul 24, 2018
A great leader ,mentor for whom words will fall short to express .I remember having several conversations with him , he had the ability to get across his ideas in a simple, lucid and interesting way to any audience! Iam honored to have knowing him and quite sad that couldn't meet him in person .
Craig you will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Joahna C
Jul 24, 2018
My heart and prayers go out to Craig’s family, especially Lydia, who Craig speaks of with sweet pride and much love.

Craig was able to take us to flashbacks of his love life, adventures with Dory, DIYs from kitchen backsplash to making beer, sailing with the Barking Dog, his coffee obsession and so many hilarious stories that made the workplace fun and light. He was warm, high spirited, kind, and very supportive. He was so generous of his time that there are so many stories to tell and only nice things to say.

Thank you, Craig. I am eternally grateful to have learned from you. You will be missed. Rest In Peace.
Robyn Burkes
Jul 24, 2018
Lydia,

I was so sorry to hear about your husband. It sounds like you had an amazing partner to share your life adventures with and I know you will miss him dearly. I am thinking about you and praying for peace.

Robyn Burkes
Karina Borillo
Jul 24, 2018
My deepest sympathies to you, Lydia. I don't know if you'll remember me, I met you when I was in Boston last Sept. You joined Craig and our group at Harpoon, then moved on to the Waterfront. Craig will be missed greatly. He was an awesome leader, and well respected. May you find comfort in knowing he is held with high regards by all.
Sarma Ayyadevara
Jul 23, 2018
One of the nicest and kindest person I have known. Great leader. Shocking loss. Deepest condolences to all the family.
Michael Siciliano
Jul 23, 2018
Craig was a wonderful friend and mentor. I enjoyed our many, many discussions on every topic under the sun from work to boats and the islands. He always motivated me to exceed my expectations. He was a special person and I will continue to miss him. I know this is hard for his family and friends. I am sorry for your loss.
Mark Knowlton
Jul 23, 2018
Lydia, I have no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Craig was great person with whom to work but he was an even better guy. He cared so much about his team; you could see the loyalty they had for him because they knew he cared about them as people and not just engineers on a team. His legacy will continue because of the person he was. You have my deepest condolences.
Beverly Cormier Ritz and Family
Jul 23, 2018
Hearing of Craig's passing was that of shock and sadness. Knowing Craig as a young boy, as he, my son Sean and daughter Heather knew each other at early stages of their lives. Craig's easy-going disposition was one of his many great character traits, which is not easily forgetten.

I recall Craig's love of boating and fishing with his Dad, on weekends, were especially important to him. Craig will also be remembered for his "insatiable" curiousity about so many endeavors he chose to take on--putting things together with determination to completion.

More importantly he will be known, to our family, as a wonderful, kind boy who grew into an inspiring and caring young man to all whose lives h
...e touched, especially his family's. One can see that Craig, a man of many talents and interests, loved adventure and life, which he apparently lived to its fullest, but cut too short.

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lydia, his father Dick, mom Terry, sister Jennifer, niece Kendra and the Wilkins' and Holden families, as you suffer the sorrow of your loss. Hopefully, the "Celebration of Craig's Life", with the sharing of many unforgettable stories and memories will help ease your unimaginable pain.

God Bless and rest peacefully, Craig. (07.23.18)
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Bill Sears
Jul 23, 2018
So sorry to learn of Craig's passing. He was an outstanding colleague as well as someone with whom we shared an enthusiasm for aviation. I will remember our conversations about risk management in IFR flying and his journey into tailwheel aircraft . Craig was a great mentor to my co-workers at Akamai. He will be greatly missed.
Grant
Jul 23, 2018
Rest in peace Craig, our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad and difficult time.
Venu Prasad
Jul 23, 2018
Our deepest condolences to all of Craig's family and friends. Rest in peace Craig, we will miss you.
Tamil Rajendran
Jul 22, 2018
Craig was a great man and a friendly leader. My thoughts are with all of Craig's family and friends. We will miss you Craig! Rest in peace !
Kamal Kumar Panta
Jul 22, 2018
Craig was a great human being and one of the most genuine persons i have met. He was a great leader and took special care of his people. I remember so many incidents where he went beyond his way to help me and the team. It was a joy working with him. Ironically we were discussing a few days back about life that it doesn’t always happen as we want to. Will miss him deeply. May his soul rest in peace.
Elad
Jul 22, 2018
Rest in peace my dear friend. We will miss your humor, your wisdom and your great kindness.
John D.
Jul 21, 2018
Always caring and looking out for the best possible outcome for all of us who worked with him. He will be dearly missed.
Jyotsna Advani
Jul 21, 2018
It is with great sadness and disbelief that I am writing this in the past tense, talking about Craig. Craig was one of my favorite people that I've worked with at Akamai, with the lighthearted energy he brought to the workplace, coupled with his smarts and the ability to lead and mentor others. I remember having several conversations with him, about how he would be such an amazing teacher; he had the ability to get across his ideas in a simple, lucid and interesting way to any audience! There were so many social occasions that I'll remember hanging out with Craig, and one that comes to the forefront is a team outing on his boat, filled with laughter, food and beer. He had this never-ending ...joke with me that he grew up in India, and he'd try proving it by drawing from his Indian connections over the years. They say our souls are on a long, continuous journey and this life is but one stop in that journey, but it is still hard to part with people who have touched your life. Rest in eternal peace, dear Craig.
-Jyotsna
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Graham Twaddle
Jul 21, 2018
A sudden and unexpected loss of a caring and thoughtful soul, we shall miss his insight and thoughtfulness