Craddock, Max Edward

Max Edward Craddock, born May 18 1942, the youngest of seven children born to Joe Cephus and Suzie Craddock of South Point, Ohio, passed away peacefully at Collingwood General Marine Hospital on Sunday December 15, 2019 surrounded by members of his family.

Max leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Cledith (nee Rossiter) of Quaker City, Ohio and two children:  Edward Craddock and his partner Caroline “aka Sam Peacock” of Calgary and Lisa and her husband Andy Irvine of Calgary.

Max will be sorely missed by three grandchildren:  Chantelle and her husband Eric Brown of Feversham, Jeremy and his wife Cassie Austin of Maxwell and Ty Irvine of Calgary and by two great-grandchildren:  Nora and Bo Brown.

He is also survived by brothers Bill and wife Vee Craddock of Canton Ohio and T.J and wife Mickey of Virginia Beach, Virginia and will be recalled fondly also by many nieces and nephews.  Max was predeceased by one sister and three brothers.

Max and his wife Cledith moved to Canada in 1961 and have worked in various Congregations of the Church of Christ including Hamilton, Fenwick, Port Colborne, Grimsby, and Meaford for 18 years. He ministered with Camp Omagh and Strawberry point Christian Camp.

Great Lakes Christian College and Great Lakes Bible College have been a part of Max’s life since being in Canada. The last 30 years were spent ministering with The Strathmore Church of Christ in Toronto. Max became the speaker for the Canadian Key to the Kingdom television program running on Vision network from 2005 until present.

Max and Cledith moved to Feversham and took residence with their granddaughter Chantelle and her family in 2017.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial funeral service celebrating Max’s life will be conducted on Saturday December 21st at Meaford Church of Christ at 11 a.m. followed by a reception at the Meaford Community Centre.

A further memorial celebration will be conducted on Saturday December 28th at 11 a.m. at Strathmore Blvd. Church of Christ in Toronto.

Max will be missed by so many and we take comfort in knowing that Max has accomplished his lifelong goal to be with his Father in Heaven. We love you Poppa. XO

In lieu of flowers and if so desired, donations to Strathmore Blvd. Church of Christ (memo line: Key to the Kingdom) or to Great Lakes Bible College – cheques only please – would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON  N4L 1B9 www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca.

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Life Celebrations: As noted in obituary December 21 and December 28, 2019

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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Virginia Hipwell
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    This man means more to Don and I than a few words can possibly say. We would not be together or where we are in our service to the Lord if not for Max. We pray that God will wrap His comfort and peace around each family member. Psalm 116:15!

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  2. Diamond I Rancourt
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Max is resting now. He was a giant of a man
    Enjoyed our time on GLCC chorus ( Being a Whitfield) I was not allowed to sing but he let me tag along as the “medic” lol I later in life did become a Reg N, so I believe Max lead me to it

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  3. Linda (Perry) Hammett
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    My heart is sad for Cledith, the children and grandchildren and for the many brothers and sisters in Christ who have been touched by this godly man. Max has been a great leader in the church over the last many years. He will be sorely missed by all whom he touched. He has been a great friend and confidant to my dad over the last many years, and I know that he will miss him greatly. Praying for comfort for the physical family and the church family who are grieving at this time.

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  4. Julie Black
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    I want to extend my sincere condolences to Mr. Craddock’s entire family, and large circle of friends and members of his Church family. Thinking of Lisa and Chantelle, especially, at this very difficult time. May your many fond and wonderful memories sustain and comfort you, and your family through this sad time.

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  5. Michael Toohey
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Thoughts and prayers to the family at this time of loss. Max was a great warrior in the Kingdom. His service and leadership will be missed – but his contribution and service will be felt for a long time. Looking forward to the memorials where we can celebrate his life!

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  6. George and Dawn (Pickard) Burrows
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Too well loved to ever be forgotten.

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  7. Bill & Carolyn Pearson
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Cledith, Bill and I want to express our sympathy and love to you and your family on the passing of Max. Although, we haven’t been around your family much in the past years, we considered him to be a wonderful friend and brother in Christ. We go back so many years from the time we were all at GLCC, officiating at our wedding and then Max being part of my Dad’s celebration of life in June. I remember after the Service seeing Max and him saying to me….”come over and give me a hug”. He had wonderful “bear hugs”! It is so fitting that my dad, mom and Max are all together once again. My mom and dad considered you both to be wonderful friends to them.
    God bless each of you and know that the love and support of many, many people are being sent to you.
    Carolyn & Bill Pearson

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    1. Yvon Beaudoin
      Saturday, December 21, 2019

      His humility made him a great man, a man who takes us to reflect and raise our thoughts to the world to come. May our hope be our consolation. 1thess.4:13

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  8. Marlon M.
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Love you buddy, I miss you but you will be remembered always.
    My love to Cledith, Lisa, Chantelle and all the family.

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  9. Ruth Johnstone Smith
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Aside from all Max has done for our Lord,
    Max was the most exciting Indian chief at Camp Omagh Summer Bible Camp!
    Lovingly, with prayers,
    Ruthie Johnstone Smith

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  10. Dennis & Carol Peters
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Max will be greatly missed by so many. He served the Lord in so many ways. he is safe in the arms of Jesus. prayers for Cledith & family.

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  11. Mary Arnold
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    I’m thankful for having known Max. Condolences to Cledith and the family.

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  12. Eugene C. Perry
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    A gracious and appreciated colleague/co-worker; always too ready and willing to take on additional workload and be of use to the Lord and helpful in any way he could find to do so. Our sympathies and prayers are with Cledith, his faithful and gracious companion and support and a much appreciated friend and sister to many.

    WORDS FAIL ME!

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  13. dianne rowles
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    Lisa, so sorry to hear about your father. He did wonderful work. My heart goes out to you and your family. He is at peace.

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  14. Sandy Davison Kaser
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    I remember Max and his wife from my days at Great Lakes. Such kindness they showed to everyone – and Max had a great smile and sense of humor. They led a great life of service – I know all of you will miss him.

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  15. Sharon Woodhouse
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    I consider it both a privilege and honour to have know Max. He was a great strength in our Church of Christ in Meaford. He will be missed by many. My condolences to the family

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  16. Ed and Cheryl Brown
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019

    My condolences to Cledith, Lisa, Chantelle and the rest of the family. Max officiated in our wedding 29 years ago. His fond memories will live on. So blessed to have known him. He is now resting with the Lord. Will miss you my friend

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  17. Karen (Davey) Williams.
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    I remember Max from my time at Great Lakes way back in 61 or 62. He was very nice and helpful then. Praying for his family…we know he’s in heaven any times we humans miss them here on earth.

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  18. Thayer Salisbury
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    I was fixing breakfast and thinking about Max. I was thinking something that I am sure many of us have thought in the last few days. “What are we going to do without Max? He made a difference in so many important ways. How we will cover all the holes that his passing has created?”
    I had a CD playing in the stereo and just at that point in my thinking the song “He is able” came on. “He is able, more than able, to accomplish what concerns me today.”
    The God who took a small-town boy from the States and enabled him to serve effectively for almost six decades in Canada, the Lord who made Max effective in both in small town ministry and an urban setting, and on mass media; the Spirit who empowered a man with relatively little academic training to serve effectively as board chairman for a college, that God is able to see us through.
    Of course we remember Max and miss him. I will miss his phone calls and email, and the encouragement that he was constantly bringing to me. But let us not forget that the Lord who empowered Max can work through us as well. If we for a moment forget who it was who enabled Max, then we have not really remembered Max acurately.
    The life of Max Craddock challenges each of us to stop making excuses. Instead we must offer ourselves freely to the One who can make us what he wants us to be.
    “He is able more than able
    “To accomplish what concerns me today
    “He is able more than able
    “To handle anything that comes my way
    “He is able more than able
    “To do much more than I could ever dream
    “He is able more than able
    “To make me what He wants me to be”

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  19. Sharon Austin
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    I have such fond memories of Max from my childhood. His booming but gentle, kind voice and oh his singing! He made our youth group special and would always listen. I respected Max for his ability to lighten up any room he entered. I appreciate all he has done for the Austin family especially Uncle Don’s funeral. Max, you had a special place in his heart, I’m so happy the two of you will be together again.
    My condolences to the family!

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  20. Laurel (Porter) Barclay
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    When I think of Max, I hear his laugh. He had a wonderful laugh. I imagine his laugh ringing out when he was welcomed by so many on the other side. Cledith and family I pray that God will surround you with his love and strength as you cope with the void of not having Max’s physical presence around. I’m sure his spirit is never far away.

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  21. Leo-May Razon and family
    Wednesday, December 18, 2019

    We are blessed and thankful to have known a Bro. Max in our life. We love you, Bro. Max. You will surely be missed. To Sis. Cle and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers, May God’s loving embrace be your comfort in this difficult time. We love you all.

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  22. Tom & Linda Philp
    Thursday, December 19, 2019

    Dear Cledith, Eddy and Lisa.
    What a shock we got today when, just by chance, we checked the Meaford obituaries. Although it’s been far too many years since we enjoyed such wonderful fellowship with you and Max, we’ve always considered you dear, sweet friends. I had contact with Max over the years, primarily by email, and we always planned to “get together” again one day. I’m tearing up as I write this, so I will end by sending you blessings, and assuring you that Max and the Craddock family will be forever in our hearts.

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  23. Donna Ellis Mashinter
    Thursday, December 19, 2019

    I don’t like a world without Max Craddock in it. I have good memories of him at Great Lakes and at Strathmore. He was a good man – a true servant of God- I will miss him- my love to Cledith.

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  24. Don Rose
    Friday, December 20, 2019

    Few people I know have been as devoted and tireless with regard to serving God and living out faith in active, purposeful ways as Max. It was a joy to have served alongside him at Omagh Bible Camp and later at GLBC. He challenged me to be a better man of faith and encouraged me through instruction and example to find delight in the law of the Lord by meditating on it day and night. Corrie and I mourn with Cledith and her family and pray for you all to be surrounded by the love God and His people at this time of loss. Grace and peace.

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  25. Witty Family
    Friday, December 20, 2019

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Max. He was such an important part of so many lives, and his presence will be truly missed. He meant so much to our family, and it brings us peace to know he’s at rest with the Lord. I know Roy and Anne Witty and all those who’ve gone on before are welcoming him home.
    Sending love and prayers to Cledith, Chantelle, and the entire Craddock family.

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  26. Colleen Gibbons- Spackman
    Friday, December 20, 2019

    My sincere condolences to Cledith & the family. I heard many of Max’s sermons as a child. Great memories of playing as a child at the Craddock home in Meaford with Eddy & Lisa. May God comfort & watch over Cledith, Edward, Lisa & families at this time.

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  27. Steve and Sandy Smith
    Friday, December 20, 2019

    Max was a huge reason I came to to know Christ better. And because of him I am where it counts now. God played such a large part of his life and we pray for Cledith and want her to know how much we appreciate her and Max. God bless you and your family.

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  28. Randy & Lois Morritt
    Saturday, December 21, 2019

    We have known, loved, and appreciated Max for years. He was a conscientious faithful brother who loved the Lord, his family, his friends, and his brothers and sisters, in the Lord. He will be sorely missed; but his example and influence will live on for many years to come. Rest in peace, our brother. Love to Cledith and all the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  29. Bob, Deb, and Chase Hibbard
    Sunday, December 22, 2019

    We lost a dear friend, brother, and warrior in Christ. We’re going to miss you, Max – but with the hope that we will see you again. We extend our love to Cledith and the whole family.

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  30. Ross & Sherry Davison
    Sunday, December 22, 2019

    Our deepest condolences to Cledith and family. Max touched many lives. We will always remember his kindness and concern for everyone.

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  31. Claude Cox
    Monday, December 23, 2019

    To Cledith, much love; to Lisa, Chantelle, Eddy. A memory. The year I was at GLCC I rode with three big guys, Max, Art Ford, and Don Alexander, in Max and Cledith’s VW beetle to Harding College, to check it out. Drove straight through, with stops for junk food. Lots of laughs. I remember a break in the early morning on a paved road somewhere, in the time of the “superball” craze; we were standing on the road and bouncing these balls on the road, trying to catch them. Laughing. Max was generous. Another. Chorus trip, stop at some church building. Going up the steps. Max put his hand on my shoulder. For some reason that small act of encouragement has always meant a lot to me. Blessings, Claude.

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  32. Cheryl Moore-John
    Monday, December 23, 2019

    What can I say. Max Craddock was a gem of a person and it was an honor to be in the chorus at GLCC in the late 60’s and 70’s. I love to hear him sing and whenever it was time for me to sing my solo part, he knew I was super nervous but he would always give me the eye wink to let me know I could do it. He was a true inspiration to me and I will never forget him. Thank you Mac Craddock for believing in me. May you RIP. Love you and what you stood for ✊❤️

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  33. Cheryl Moore-John
    Monday, December 23, 2019

    What can I say. Max Craddock was a gem of a person and it was an honor to be in the chorus at GLCC in the late 60’s and 70’s. I love to hear him sing and whenever it was time for me to sing my solo part, he knew I was super nervous but he would always give me the eye wink to let me know I could do it. He was a true inspiration to me and I will never forget him. Thank you Mac Craddock for believing in me. May you RIP. Love you and what you stood for ✊❤️

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  34. Cheryl Moore-John
    Monday, December 23, 2019

    What can I say. Max Craddock was a gem of a person and it was an honor to be in the chorus at GLCC in the late 60’s and 70’s. I love to hear him sing and whenever it was time for me to sing my solo part, he knew I was super nervous but he would always give me the eye wink to let me know I could do it. He was a true inspiration to me and I will never forget him. Thank you Max Craddock for believing in me. May you RIP. Love you and what you stood for ✊❤️

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