Ballarino—all-star athlete and jack-of-all-trades— passed away
in Lynn, MA, on July 20th, 2021 at the age of 54. Anyone who
really knew Craig knew that he had at least nine lives, and his
sudden but peaceful passing in the arms of his beloved wife,
Elaine, was an unexpectedly tranquil end for a man who led such
an eventful life. Born in Malden, Massachusetts on January 24 th
, 1967, Craig and his sister Holly spent\ their childhoods
together playing baseball, looking for bugs and frogs, riding
bikes, and getting dirty playing matchbox cars in the backyards
of their Wilmington, MA neighborhood friends. In 1976 Craig
moved with his family to Galveston, TX, where he made regular
appearances in the Galveston Daily News for his triumphs in
football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. During this period,
Craig was also “blessed” with two
more sisters, Meghan and Emily, who wouldn’t know the thrill of
riding a motorcycle without a helmet if it weren’t for their big
brother. Craig returned to Massachusetts and graduated from
Malden High School in 1986. He went on to attend a trade school
for welding, becoming a sheet metal worker and working most
recently at McCusker-Gill. In 1994, Craig began a new,
motorcycle-less chapter of his life when his son, Ryan Thomas
Shaw was born. Ryan will always be Craig’s pride and joy. Craig
marveled at Ryan’s academic achievements and bright future,
joking that it never made any sense that he could have a son who
ended up being so smart and such a good kid. Anyone who really
knew Craig also pretty much knew he would never get married.
Elaine, the love of Craig’s life, proved us all wrong. Craig and
Elaine met 25 years ago, married in 2016, and traveled together
across the lowest valleys and highest peaks until the very end.
In his free time, Craig enjoyed the company of his dog and best
friend Buddy, hanging out at the Eastside Athletic Association,
grilling at barbeques, and spending time with Ryan, Elaine, and
all of the family and friends who will miss him dearly.
survived by his wife Elaine (Comeau) Ballarino of Lynn, MA; his
son Ryan Shaw of Waltham, MA; his sisters Holly Ballarino, Emily
Eckner and Meghan Eckner; his mother Jean Eckner; as well as
many other family members and friends.
Craig was predeceased by his father Thomas Ballarino and beloved
dog, Rocket. Funeral Services for Craig will be held at the Weir
– MacCuish Funeral Home on Monday July 26th from 2-6 pm.