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Daniel John Cragan

Born: Sun., Jan. 25, 1948
Died: Sat., Feb. 13, 2021

Celebration of Life at a later date

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Daniel John Cragan, 73, of Raynham, Mass and Berne, NY went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday February 13, 2021. After several months of battling to recover from open heart surgery, Dan contracted Covid-19, and this is what finally took him. He fought bravely for nearly 7 months before Jesus called him home. Dan was born in Worcester, Mass on Sunday January 25, 1948 to the late Josephine M. (DeFeudis) and Arthur J. Cragan.

Dan was a “bigger-than-life” character and was loved by many because he loved many and loved them well.  He had a great sense of humor, was creative and loved photography, singing, and playing guitar but his passion was to serve and worship God and to point others toward Him.  He made everyone feel loved and special. It was not uncommon for Dan to pray with friends as well as strangers if he sensed it would encourage them. Indeed, he prayed for and with most of the doctors, nurses, CNAs, and therapists who cared for him.  In days of better health, he was also known to occasionally ask the nurses for a dance, but always in gentlemanly fashion.

Dan met the love of his life, Wendy, in their high school youth group at Belmont Street Baptist Church in Worcester and they were, later, married there.  Together they have lived in 5 states, raised 3 children, and supported each other in life and ministry through good times and bad. His life’s work, whether vocationally or volunteering has always been in various forms of ministry.  He was chaplain and director of men’s discipleship at Kingston House in Boston, MA and later worked at the Goodwill Rescue Mission in Newark, NJ and the City Mission of Schenectady, NY.  Throughout his life he also spent much time as a Director of Youth Ministries, Worship Leader, and deacon.  Dan was very committed to camping ministry, serving for many years at various camps including Lakeside Christian Camp in Pittsfield MA and Camp Pinnacle in NY.  At the latter he was year-round Program Director.  Dan was a teacher, preacher, interim minister, and, together, he and Wendy enjoyed teaching Marriage Enrichment seminars.

The thing that Dan took the most pride and pleasure in was his family.  He was never happier than when his grown kids and their kids would be gathered at FoxRose, the house on Fox Creek that he and Wendy filled up with warmth, love, music, laughter, and good food.  The hospitality there was always gracious, but comfortable, never stuffy. His departure has left a hole in the lives of so many and we look forward to seeing him again.  Dan is survived by his loving wife Wendy of 53 years; his 3 children Becky (& husband, Steve) Lundberg, J. Seth Cragan (& fiancé, Sarah Stone), and Matt (& wife, Rhiannon) Cragan; his 4 grandchildren, who were the absolute delight of his later years: Emily, Elijah, Gavin, and Sage; his sister, Julia Daniels; and scores who called him Papa, PapaPop, PapaDan, Pastor Dan, P.D., Danny, Uncle Dan, Brother Dan, and friend. He was predeceased by his sister, Ellen Sapaukas.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, Celebration of Life Gatherings will be scheduled to take place outdoors in the spring in both Massachusetts and New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Pinnacle, 621 Pinnacle Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186.

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Hope and Esther Abisamra
   Posted Sun February 21, 2021
Dear Wendy, Becky, Steve, and Family, we have wonderful memories of your Dan, who loved the Lord with all his heart. He lived life to the fullest, and you must miss him dearly. May God comfort you at this time as you reflect on Dan's ultimate experience of bliss. You continue to remain in our prayers. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

Julie Sprague
   Posted Sun February 21, 2021
Deepest condolences Becky to you and your entire family.
May you find comfort in his memory and the thoughts and prayers of friends and family.
Julie Sprague

Randy and Debbie Somody
   Posted Sun February 21, 2021
I will be forever grateful for the opportunities to be with and get to know Dan at Lakeside Camp in Pittsfield, MA and at NBC pastor’s gatherings. His love for Jesus and for people was a source of encouragement and joy for all who knew him. We are blessed to have known him and will wrap our arms around Wendy and family in prayer continually.
Randy and Debbie Somody

Rebecca Gosling
   Posted Mon February 22, 2021
Dear Cragan family, I am forever grateful for my time with you all at Camp Pinnacle. Dan was such a life force that brought such joy and warmth to everyone that had the honor of knowing him. I am forever a better person just for knowing him, singing with him, and laughing with him. You all are forever in my heart. Love to you all. Becca

Penny Shaw and Rich Bartley
   Posted Tue February 23, 2021
All our love to you Wendy, Seth, Matt, Becky and your whole family! Our hearts and prayers are with you all!

Ruth and Don Lundstrom
   Posted Fri February 26, 2021
We remember Dan as a loving and giving man. Although I was only 4 or 5 I can remember when Dan was born and Aunt Josie (his Mom) dedicated him to serve God. We are thankful every day for his life and dedication in serving our Lord Jesus Christ.
We pray that God will give you comfort and the support of all your family and friends during this grieving time.
Sometimes we hold on to faith; sometimes faith holds on to us.
With love

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