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Old 07-19-2007, 04:04 PM   #1
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Craig's obituary

Alan CRAIG Landry, 55, died of multiple complications on Tuesday, July 17, 2007. Born April 6, 1952, in Little Rock, Arkansas, he was the son of bandleader Sonny Land (Claude P. Landry--deceased) and Rosamond Landry (Shelley) of Houston, Texas.

Surviving Craig are his faithful and loving wife of 10 years, Sue Riley; mother Rosamond Landry and step-father Clyde Shelley; sister Kathleen Raitt of New York City; stepchildren Patrick and Danielle Riley and Tosha Riley of Mechanicville, NY.

A graduate of Westbury High School and the General Motors Training School, Craigıs technical and mechanical skills were honed from childhood. As a young boy, he developed an interest in racing slotcars--by age 13 he was beating out adult competitors for regional trophies. While he owned Broadway Hobbies in Pasadena, TX, he wrote a Racerıs Handbook and newsletters to stimulate and educate aspiring racers. Craig then established ZAP RACING PRODUCTS where he produced handbuilt chassis and related products. He established a reputation for quality that was sought world-wide.

Craig also became adept in racing his own hand built slotcars. His pro efforts brought him many awards in National meets, write-ups in national Scale Auto Racing magazines, front page pictures, and requests for advice on understanding the physics of slotcars as a factor toward winning were sought. He worked tirelessly to introduce new ideas and products to the Slotcar Hobby Industry.

Craigıs life-long love of music manifested itself in his playing the bass drum in the Westbury High School marching band, and later, in the company of professional musicians, playing drums in a rock band at gigs at many clubs in and around Houston. His love of music, cars, computers, television, electronics and other avenues of exploration never stopped. His mind was a ³steel trap² of information.

The family has chosen cremation. A memorial service to honor Craigıs life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, July 21, 2007 at the Miller Funeral Home, 7723 Beechnut, Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.

Sue sent me some pics, but Craig had a mac, so I'm unable to post 'em.
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:31 PM   #2
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try downloading irfanview and see if you can convert them. Might just work.

He will be truly missed. He was the brains behind all of our recent gatherings it seems.
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:49 PM   #3
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Craig was always such a nice guy, and so very helpful to all of us. I remember when he first started posting I thought, "finally someone that knows what he's talking about" Not to long after he became unofficialy known as "the man with the answers". He will be missed. My prayers go out to his wife and family. God Bless the Zapster.
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I am very sorry to hear of Craig's passing away. He was a good person and he will be missed at TGO both as a member and moderator.
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:38 PM   #5
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WOW! Sorry to hear this!
I only met Craig once, but from all his knowledge and and help on these boards... I can tell he was a great man! RIP
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:35 PM   #6
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I am extremely sorry to hear this. I knew Craig like many of the rest of us in the thirdgen world. I will miss him and his antics at the track. I don't know what else to say other than that I wish his family the best.

He was the heart and soul of the Houston Thirdgen meetings. His efforts went far beyond those asked of regular human beings, it will never be the same without him.
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Such a shame.

I hope he is at peace and his family is doing well.

If u wanted to honor him, keep it real and keep the Houston Thirdgenners alive, I'll help out as long as I am able.
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Old 07-27-2007, 05:29 PM   #8
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My condolences to Craigs family.

I too met Craig only a few times, but he was always cheerful and willing to greet and guide the newbies.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:21 PM   #9
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Craig was such a genuinely nice guy to everyone.
He will be truly missed.
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That is sad. I didn't really know him. Only talked a few times thru PM's on here. He seemed like a really nice guy. He was too young to die at 55
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I'm speechless. I bought a set of TPI fans and shroud from Craig a few years back, and followed his posts on the board. When I went to his house to pick up the fans, he invited me in his home, showed me his slot car stuff, and talked to me about his projects. He even invited me to stick around for supper. This is very sad. He was a very nice guy who loved cars and liked to share his knowledge. He had a great attitude. His wife seemed very nice as well. My condolences to her.
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wow, he was such a nice guy, he will be missed
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