Craig Mizzen

Craig Mizzen

CHAMPAIGN – Craig Andrew Mizzen, Ph.D. was born Sept. 14, 1956, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Dr. Clifford A. Mizzen (predeceased) and Ruth Jean Mizzen (Pirie). He died at home, surrounded by loving family and friends, after a valiant seven-year battle with cancer, on Friday (Jan. 5, 2018).

He was the beloved husband to Lyne Levesque; loving father of Sarah, Alexandre and Evelyn, Champaign; cherished brother of Lee Mizzen (Caroline), Victoria, British Columbia, and Laura Mizzen (Chris), Lafayette, Calif.; and treasured uncle of Natalie, Olivia, Humberto, Jeremie, Gabriel, Emy and Thomas.

Family meant everything to Craig, and many of his passions and personality traits are evident in his three children. His logical approach to things, his strong will and inquisitive nature can be seen on a daily basis in Evelyn. Alex shares his interest in tinkering, and hopefully will take over Craig's handyman jobs.

All three have his ease in the water, talkative nature, and along with Craig enjoyed Helene's (Craig's mother-in-law) cooking. As the eldest, Craig had the most time with, and the deepest influence, on Sarah. They loved watching Star Trek and Sherlock Holmes episodes together. The two enjoyed long bicycle rides and visiting museums.

Both enrolled in tae kwon do classes together for many years, despite the fact that during their first class, Craig accidentally kicked Sarah in the head. Most significant was their shared love of music, a passion that can be heard when Sarah plays saxophone. Craig dreamed of performing a saxophone duet with her one day.

True to his scientific vocation, Craig was thoughtful and pragmatic. Any endeavor, whether in the laboratory or at home, was approached with careful forethought and meticulous execution. Whether he was designing experiments, tuning up a bicycle or conducting home renovations, his methodical approach meant that he would take all the time he felt necessary to do the job right. For those who wanted fast results, Craig was not their man. Gourmet dinners, a specialty of his, might be ready at midnight. But they would be worth the wait.

Craig's interests were diverse, and rounding out his academic strengths was an equally robust appreciation of jazz and fine wines. He loved nothing more than to relax with friends listening to Coltrane with a glass of scotch in hand.

Conversation would flow and his personal brand of humor would entertain. These qualities help to explain the many lifelong friendships he maintained. The famous "boys nights" held yearly with friends were an example of the camaraderie he enjoyed and cultured.

He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by those of us who had the privilege of knowing him.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations to the American or Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. A visitation to celebrate Craig's life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 from 2 until 5 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West in Savoy. A ceremony to celebrate Craig's life will be held at a later date in Canada.