Rodkey Craighead, Jr.

  • Born: January 25, 1948
  • Died: May 17, 2017
  • Location: New Hampshire

Cate & Johnson Funeral Home

243 Hanover Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Tel. (603) 625-5777

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rodkey “Rod” Craighead Jr. was known as a lawyer, sailor, husband, partner, brother, father, grandfather and friend, but these titles do not alone accurately describe the man he was. Rod was an exceptional human being full of love, generosity, kindness, fun, and adventure. He touched the lives of many people, both personally and professionally.

Rod was born in 1948 and grew up in Michigan. He was a multi-sport athlete, older brother to his two sisters, Virginia “Ginner” Craighead Brooks and Corinne “Cori” Cost, and leader of an unofficial high school group with his friends known as the “Big 10”. He graduated from Valparaiso University, and then enlisted and served in the United States Coast Guard. He went on and graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1980 and practiced as a criminal defense attorney for over 36 years. Rod dedicated his life to helping others, whether it was as a defense attorney or as the best father and husband, always there for his family.

Rod died on May 17th survived by his wife, Joanne Craighead, his children, Sarah O’Donovan, Alexander Craighead and Joseph Craighead and his son-in-law, Michael O’Donovan, and his grandchildren, Thomas, Julia and Catherine O’Donovan. Also surviving him are many cousins, nieces and nephews. His son, Andrew Craighead, predeceased him on April 17th. His family is comforted in that he has been reunited with his son, Andy.

Please join us for a celebration of Rod’s life on Sunday, June 4th, beginning at 12: 00 pm at the Executive Court Banquet Facility located at 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH. Please dress in casual attire.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at DHMC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

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