Craig L. Gay

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Craig L. Gay

December 21, 1967 - December 01, 2018

Craig L. Gay Craig L. Gay, 50, of Traverse City, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at his home while surrounded by his family.
Craig was born on Thursday, Dec. 21, 1967 to Byron and Sheila (Borders) Gay in Ann Arbor. The family later moved to Traverse City.
Craig graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1986.
Best described as a man with a heart of gold, Craig went out of his way to help anyone, never expecting anything in return. Everything he did was from his heart, a heart that radiated kindness, compassion and love. He was often referred to as Superman by loved ones, a nickname he truly embodied.
Craig was a gifted locksmith and safe technician. He was always learning and advancing in his trade to be the most prepared for any situation that arose - whether it was knowing the ins and outs of the latest tech advanced keys for cars or being able to duplicate a set of keys just from a picture. Any knowledge he could arm himself with he knew would help someone, someday. In recent years he was a manager in the hardware department at Home Depot. He deeply appreciated his Home Depot family as much as they appreciated him.
His greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. Craig adored his dog, Bentley, and cat, Sorcey. Bentley and Craig were often seen patrolling the neighborhood making friends with everyone they met.
Craig and Yvonne attended West Side Community Church, and he was a member of the Cedar Rod and Gun Club. He was a passionate outdoorsmen and car enthusiast.
Craig is survived by his wife, Yvonne Doehring-Gay, whom he married on March 19, 2005 in Traverse City; children, Brooke (Matthew) Filcek, of Portland, Kasey (Brian) Stubbs and Tyler Doehring, all of Grand Rapids; grandchildren, Josephine and Augustus Filcek, Charlotte and Imogene Stubbs; his parents, Byron and Sheila Gay, of Traverse City; his brothers, William (Beth) and identical twin brother, Kevin (Mary Jane), all of Traverse City; his father-in-law, Donald Saffron, of Benzonia; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends, including a very special aunt, Pat Borders, of Chelsea.
Craig was preceded in death by his beloved uncle, Ronald Borders; and his mother-in-law, Nancy Saffron.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Craig's team of talented doctors and nurses, as well as Comfort Keepers, Area Agency on Aging and Heartland Hospice.
A service celebrating Craig's life will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at West Side Community Church, 4975 E. Traverse Highway, Traverse City, with Pastor John Clark officiating.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 2977 Telegraph Road, Ste. 1651, Southfield, MI 48304 (; JDRF Great Lakes Chapter, 4595 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Kentwood, MI (; the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan, 25200 Telegraph Road, Ste. 110, Southfield, MI 48033 (
Please share your memories of Craig with his family by way of his online guest book at
The family is being cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on December 5, 2018
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