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Brace, Craig Andrew

Craig Andrew Brace, age 64 of Waterford, died October 28, 2020 at UPMC Hamot following a brief battle with cancer. Born to parents Levant A. Brace and Anna P. (née Katren) Brace on May 25, 1956 in Corry, Craig lived the majority of his life in Waterford. Craig graduated from Ft. LeBoeuf High School and Erie County Technical School in 1974. For more than forty years, Craig Brace, Craig 2owned and operated Craig’s Sub and Pizza Shop together with his twin brother, Brett. Through his business, Craig got to know the people of Waterford and the surrounding area. He also worked for Troyer Farms as a potato chip salesman and he also worked for Bush Industries for several years. For nearly the last decade, Craig also worked for Associated Clinical Labs as a courier. Craig was an intensely likeable guy with the gift of gab. He knew someone no matter where he went. Talking with people, hearing their stories, and sharing his own brought great joy into his life. He enjoyed spending time with family and cooking was his true passion. Craig loved his family and friends deeply and will be dearly missed. He was a wonderful father and grandfather.

He is predeceased by his father, Levant Brace. Craig is survived by his mother, Anna (née
Katren) Brace of Waterford; brother, Brett Brace of Waterford; brother, Darrell (Pam) Brace of Bon Aqua, TN; son, Dustin (Megan) Brace of Waynesboro, PA; daughter, Rae Lynn (Andrey) Alampiev of Golden, CO; his six grandchildren: Ellie, Liliy, Tori, Susan, Miliy, and Solomon, and his three nephews: Kyle, Nathan, and Andrew.

Visitation will be held at Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut St, Waterford on Friday, October 30 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral and burial services will be private due to COVID-19. Burial will take place at Waterford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Craig’s name to the Erie Community Foundation (459 West 6th St., Erie, PA 16507) or the Waterford Community Food Pantry (12723 Route 19, Waterford, PA).

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#1 Comment By Marjorie Wiater On October 29, 2020 @ 7:04 pm

My deepest sympathy to the Brace family
I went to school with Craig & Brett. I had a hard time telling them apart when they were not together
My prayers are with you at this difficult time

#2 Comment By Julie Case On October 30, 2020 @ 12:25 am

Sending condolences to the whole family wish I could be there. Glad to have had him as a cousin sorry that we have so many miles between us that we haven’t been able to connect as much. He had a great spirit and a great smile and he will be greatly missed!

#3 Comment By patricia Constantinovich On October 30, 2020 @ 10:57 am

My Deepest Sympathy Ann Brett and rest of the family

#4 Comment By William Strohmeyer On October 30, 2020 @ 11:02 am

Will miss seeing him at the pizza shop. I always enjoyed going there and talking to Craig and the pizza too. RIP Craig

#5 Comment By Warren On October 31, 2020 @ 4:14 pm

So Sorry for the loss of Craig sending my thoughts and prayers. Always David Brown

#6 Comment By Dainia Lynn Adams On November 1, 2020 @ 9:37 am

So very sorry to hear such sad news. Being from Waterford, you had to know Craig. He will be missed by many.
Thoughts and Prayers go out to all his family..
Dainia Banta-Adams

#7 Comment By al chase On November 2, 2020 @ 6:44 am

I met Craig at Troyers and he was the true definition of a Gentleman.

#8 Comment By Debbie Harvey On November 2, 2020 @ 11:38 am

Sorry to hear about Craig’s passing. Prayers to the family. We went through all our school years together. Always had a smile for everyone