Craig Knowles of Weare, N.H. passed away on October 29th surrounded by his wife, family, and friends after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a graduate of Billerica Memorial High School in Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. Craig was employed for 31 years as a health physicist at the Radiological Health Division of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. He was an avid hockey fan and played in a local league in the 1970s. He attended UNH men’s hockey home games for many years and always loved rooting for the Cats. Craig was especially interested in World War II history. His late father, Kenneth Knowles, was a fighter pilot with the 9th Air Force, 406th Fighter Group during the war and flew the P-47 Thunderbolt on missions to Europe from the airfield located in Ashford, England. Craig took an active role in the 406th Fighter Group WWII Memorial Association and collaborated with friends in Ashford in compiling the photographs and names of American pilots which were added to the War Memorial in time for the 2014 Great Chart Remembers ceremony. Craig and his sister Linda designed a flag commemorating the three squadrons of the 406th and one of these flags hangs in St. Mary’s Church, Great Chart, Kent, England. Craig presented a second flag to Benoît Lutgen, Mayor of Bastogne, Belgium, at the June 2018 Memorial Service held at the Mardasson Monument Memorial in Belgium. Craig is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Terry (Martin) Knowles, his sister Linda Knowles of Newton, Massachusetts, his brother in law, Bruce Martin, sister in law Cathy Martin, and nephew Ben Martin of Reading, Massachusetts and many cousins. The family wishes to express its thanks to the doctors and staff at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Londonderry, the Concord Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice House for their great kindness during this difficult time.
Memorial donations may be made to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire and the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, New Hampshire.
Calling hours will be Thursday from 4:00PM to 8:00PM at French and Rising Funeral Home 17 South Mast St. Goffstown. Funeral services will be Friday 11:00AM in the funeral home. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery of South Weare. For more information or to sign an online guest book go to www.frenchandrising.com
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