Craig Steven Eggers, age 67, longtime resident of Playa del Rey, CA passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020. He was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, one of nine children in a large, blended family. He graduated from McNicholas High School in 1971, served proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and later graduated from Xavier University (OH) in 1982.
He followed the love of his life, Catherine, from Cincinnati to Los Angeles; they married on November 26, 1983. Their daughter, Karin, was born in 1987 and their son, John, in 1991. Craig spent his career in executive recruiting and sales; he retired early to take the primary role in raising their children and managing the day-to-day household, in support of his wife’s demanding career.
Craig dedicated himself to family and community. He led preschool Sunday school classes at St. Anastasia Church, served as nation chief for the Westchester YMCA Indian Guide & Princess Program, local AYSO division commissioner and supported Boy Scout Troop 927. He developed a love of soccer from watching his children play and was often on the sidelines of their matches.
He was committed to improving the local community. He dedicated passionate effort to the Westchester Playa Neighborhood Council, serving on the park advisory board, and government affairs and airport relations committees, where he focused on stopping the encroachment of LAX into the neighborhood. He worked tirelessly on a task force to negotiate mitigations and community impact from a major real estate development in his immediate neighborhood.
His passions were bicycling and family. He was a frequent figure rolling along the Los Angeles County beach bike path in his Big Orange bicycling kit. Craig enjoyed the camaraderie of the cycling community and the mental health benefits of being outdoors year-round on two wheels.
Craig readily made friends with his outgoing personality, bringing his sharp wit and sense of humor to lively conversations. For over 20 years, Craig and Catherine gathered friends for an annual Independence Day potluck and concert at the Hollywood Bowl. He loved to cook, commandeering the kitchen and the outdoor grill in his culinary pursuits, with his annual batch of Cincinnati Chili anticipated by all recipients.
He loved concerts and music performances and proudly retained tickets from each event. He and his wife enjoyed several fabulous travel adventures from their “bucket list” in recent years.
Craig adored his two grandsons and delighted in spending time with them, doing puzzles, building models, flying balsa airplanes, reading books and snuggling together to watch a show.
Craig is survived by his wife of 37 years, Catherine Collins, daughter, Karin and her husband Charles Harrington, grandsons, Tyson and Tanner Harrington, and son, John Eggers. His siblings include Steve Eggers (Dianne), Cathy Pope (Ric Williams), Lisa Justice (Dale), Amy Rose, Julie Miller (Mike), Molly Dowell, and Carmella Mays (Mike). He was preceded in death by his parents, Bliss and Ed Eggers, and his brother, Arthur Eggers.
For those who wish, gifts in his memory may be made to Outride Bike, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youth through cycling.