Vigil service held for Craig Harney

Vigil service held for Craig Harney

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - WTOC and the community will remember the life of a true legend.

Many are gathering at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist to remember the life of our colleague and friend Craig Harney, who passed away this weekend.

The impact Craig has on this community is evident. Over the last few days and Tuesday at the Cathedral for visitation, the outpouring of love and support is immeasurable.

Craig wore a lot of hats here in Savannah. He was involved with organizations, he served on boards, he played a big role in St. Patrick’s Day events and other events here and he told the stories of many.

We’ve spoken to city and community leaders, co-workers and friends who recall memories of him and who say he was dedicated to everything he set out to do. He was the Creative Services Director at our station and created masterpieces over the last few decades.

Everyone who knew him says his smile and positivity was contagious.

Craig was involved in organizations, he served on boards, he played a big role in St. Patrick’s Day events and other events here, and he told the stories of many. Stories that stood alone.

While he was the Creative Services Director at our station others say he was the epitome of Savannah. He loved this community and it’s clear from the amount of people inside paying their respects right now.

He had a catch phrase that has never meant more than right now as they miss their beloved friend, co-worker, and devoted man - Craig.

“He always had a positive attitude,” said former WTOC Anchor Doug Weathers. “'How do you feel, Craig?' He says ‘Never better.’ Always ‘never better.’ And I can tell you this, right now, he’s never better."

“Everybody loved him, no matter who they were. He had a way of paying back and making everybody feel so good that they knew him,” he said.

“He said I’m dedicated to the people here in Savannah," said Craig;s childhood friend Michael Hadsell. "I love Savannah, I have family here, the way the people give me feedback, I give and they give back. He wanted to stay here for life.”

The Chief of the Savannah Police Department, Roy Minter served on the United Way board with Craig. The organization, meant so much to him. But Minter says their friendship went beyond work.

“He was the kind of person who would ask about work, but he’d also ask about your family and he’d ask how your day was going,” said Minter.

Groups of people, including firefighters and city leaders walked into the Cathedral to pay respects to someone they say will be so missed.

“He was never a stranger once you met him. This community is really suffering a big loss,” said Minter.

Friends say his character is indescribable.

“Loving and generous, smart and talented. I have a lot of words for him,” said Hadsell.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral followed by the burial at Bonaventure Cemetery.

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