Remembering Craig Jurney
at the Oshman Family JCC
on January 11, 2020 at 4:00
November 15, 1963 – November 20, 2019
Dad and I had a special kind of relationship. One where instead of watching sports on the couch, we enjoyed discussing various topics. I always loved talking to dad about theater, because whenever I did, I would always get a new insight into my hobby. He very clearly loved teaching me and my brothers about topics he felt passionate about, such as history, art, tech, and pretty much anything else that we wanted to.
When I was younger, Dad had always seemed like this sort of fountain of endless knowledge. Whenever anyone in the family didn’t know something, the first thought that came to our heads was “ask Dad”. He was our very own private search engine.
And even though he was such an astute scholar, he always made it clear that he loved us more than anything in the world. When we were on vacation, he would always make an effort to join in on the complex board games that my brothers and I play. And even though he didn’t fully understand the rules, he just loved being able to connect with us in any way possible.
Dad is the person who I strive to be. I have looked up to him for my whole life, and I always admired everything about him. He is still my mentor, and his death has not changed that fact. I had always sought his approval in everything that I did, for he was the person who I had respected and loved the most. He was smart, caring, and the best father I could have ever had, and I am determined to live out his legacy.
Not a day has gone by since his death where I do not think about him and who he was, and I don’t feel like that will change for many years. His death has not made me want to give up, but rather it has made me more resolute than ever before to keep on pushing through, because whenever I feel horrible about his death, I know for a fact that he would not have wanted me or anyone else to feel hopeless due to his death. Peter Craig Jurney was a great man, and an even better father. I hope that wherever he is now, he can be happy knowing that we all still adore and care about him.