Craig Eddinger, of Boyertown, passed away at home on August 27.
Craig was born on September 21, 1953 in Pottstown. After graduating from Boyertown Area Senior High School in 1971, Craig went on to study baseball with a minor in pinochle and managed to achieve an accounting degree at St. Joseph’s University.
After graduation, Craig spent many years working in auditing at Sovereign and National Penn Bank. In 1976, Craig met Bobbie Lee Erb and they married on March 4, 1978, and proceeded to have two daughters, Kelli and Karli.
Craig was a loving husband of forty-four years and a supportive and dedicated father and grandfather. In the community, he was more prominently known as a baseball player and coach. Craig was a lover of the game from an early age, participating in the Boyertown Area Youth Baseball league. He went through the BASH and legion programs and went on to play short stop at St. Joe’s. He continued playing post-graduation with Gablesville and Collegeville. He started coaching for the Boyertown Bears Legion team in 1988 as the assistant coach to his long-time friend and now brother-in-law, Rick Moatz. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Legion Hall of Fame in 2016, and the St. Joe’s Hall of Fame in 2019. After coaching for technically 34 years (with difficulty giving it up), Craig was honored this past June at a retirement ceremony at Bear Stadium where they retired #11.
Craig is survived by his wife, Bobbie; daughters Kelli (Robert) Casciato and Karli Eddinger; and grandchildren Christopher, Chloe, and a baby due February 2023. He is also survived by brother-in-law Kim Erb, sister-in-law Bonnie (Rick) Moatz, and sister-in-law Maureen Eddinger, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Woodrow and his brother, Woodrow Laverne.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 12:00 Noon at Catagnus Funeral Home (1020 E. Philadelphia Ave., Gilbertsville, PA 19525) with Pastor Jason Micheli officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery. A visitation will also be held on Saturday, September 3, 2022, from 10:00am-12:00pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please send monetary donations to the Boyertown Area Youth Baseball LTD at P.O. Box 1982 Boyertown, PA 19512.