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HILLSBORO, MO (KTVI) - Anyone who thinks no good can come from the death of a good man should have known Bill Craig.

'He's an inspiration to everyone he had ever met,' said Angie Martin, his middle daughter. 'He's a kind and gentle spirit.'

Bill Craig was only 59 when he died from skin cancer last week. But his gentle spirit lives on thanks to one playful last wish. He wanted people to bring toys to his funeral instead of flowers, even though his wife owns the only florist in Hillsboro, where his visitation and funeral are being held.

'When the St. Jude`s commercial came on he would cry,' said Shana Ross, his middle daughter. 'He said he doesn`t have anything to worry about, but look at those poor babies and that is why we are doing the toy thing.'

Bill Craig wore a lot of different hats in life, but the one he loved the most was the one he wore every Christmas for 25 years, playing Santa so convincingly, even his three daughters didn't know it was him.

Now thanks to his dying wish, he will still be playing Santa every year because his wife and daughters plan to make the toy drive for St. Jude`s an annual event.

'We thought it was a great idea,' said Dawn Brown, his oldest daughter. 'It speaks to the kind of person that he is.'

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2 comments

  • lbk's gurl

    Sounds like he will be missed dearly. With all the crime and bad news it’s nice to know there are good things happening. Too bad there aren’t more Bill Craigs. What a wonderful way to keep his work going and memory alive.

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