Craig E. Dininny

Born: Fri., Jun. 11, 1948
Died: Fri., Jun. 5, 2020


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Craig E. Dininny, 71, of Lakewood, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday June 5th of an apparent heart attack while volunteering with community members to maintain the Youngsville Cemetery. He was born June 11, 1948 in Youngsville, PA to the late Paul and Ethel Dininny.

He grew up in Youngsville attending school and graduating in 1966 from Youngsville High. He then attended Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, NY completing a two year Business course.

Craig was an Expert alpine skier, learning to ski and then becoming an instructor in 1968 at the Youngsville Skiways, later known as the Buckaloons. He went to Stratton Mountain in 1972, taking the week long exam to become a Full Certified Ski Instructor. He later became the General Manager of the Buckaloons/Peek’n Mountain ski area. He continued his ski teaching career at Holiday Valley in 1977 becoming a member of the ‘Tech Team’, leading clinics for the ski school staff and participating in the hiring and training of the new instructors. Craig was always quick to demonstrate on request tip stands, tip rolls, outriggers and double edge sets. He served as Ski School Director for the 1984-1985 Season and retired from Ski Teaching in 2005.

In 1986, Craig secured his Real Estate License and began a 31 year career first selling the Camelot condominiums at Peek n’ Peak Resort and then in 1988 became an Agent with Holiday Valley Realty. Personable, sociable and honest, he continued there until his retirement in 2017.

Craig enjoyed living at and spending time on Chautauqua Lake owning several boats over the years. Most recently he became involved with the Lawson Center, helping to restore several boats and helping to organize the annual Antique Boat Show at Bemus Point.

Craig was an avid golfer playing regularly with his cousin Denny Brown. Just last week he was said to have remarked that he was playing the best golf of his life.

Craig was a great storyteller and could tell jokes one after another like no one we have ever known. He was a dear friend to so many, a joy to be around and always ready to help you in any way he could. Craig will be deeply missed and the many great memories will be carried on in the hearts of those who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Paulette Dininny. He is survived by his Cousins and many friends.

At his request, there will be no services. Arrangements are under the care of the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Services, in Youngsville, PA.

Memorials may be made to the Lawson Center, 73 Lakeside Dr., Bemus Point, NY 14712 or to the Saron Lutheran Church, 148 W. Main Street, Youngsville, PA 16371.

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June & Gib
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
To all the Dininny families,
Craig changed our lives forever 53 years ago. Our deepest of condolences out to you all during this sad time.

Alan & Patty McCullough
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
Dininny Family: Please accept our condolences in your loss! Craig's parents lived next door to us and we would always see Craig visiting. He would always wave & speak! Craig's parents were great neighbors! We are sorry for your loss!

John meleen
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
Kevin and Dininny family. He was a true friend all through our childhood and schooling he definitely was a jokester along with being a great human being he definitely will be missed rest in peace Craig. Your friend always John (bull)

Mary Franklin Ringquist
   Posted Tue June 09, 2020
My condolences to the family. I graduated with Craig and he was a super guy. He will be missed.

Rick Briggs
   Posted Thu June 11, 2020
My condolences to Craig's family and friends. When i returned to the Youngsville area
after my discharge from the Army we socialized often and Craig convinced me to learn
to ski. So I did and enjoyed it with Craig being my mentor. He was quite a person.

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