Craig Joseph Conolly passed away on June 19th in Saint Helena from a heart attack. Craig was the son of Mathilde Carpy, MD and Joseph Conolly, MD. He is survived by his siblings Morgan Conolly, Paula Conolly, Esther Conolly (Michael Makes), and Colette Gamble (Tom Gamble).
Craig was a fifth-generation San Franciscan. He attended Stuart Hall for Boys in the City and later, when his family moved to Saint Helena, went to Robert Louis Stevenson and then graduated from Saint Helena High School. He continued his education at Santa Barbara City College and from there went on to study filmmaking in New Mexico. Craig was a member of the Directors Guild of America and had his own business in the Los Angeles/Santa Monica area.
In addition to being a film producer and rancher, Craig had a passion for travel, fly fishing in Montana, the arts, literature, and loved to cook meals for friends and family. He was proud of his French heritage and was a very active member in Cercle de l’Union (aka the French Club), a businessmen’s club dedicated to the enjoyment of fine French food and wine, located in San Francisco and founded by his great grandfather. Craig loved people and had a world of friends. He was an excellent storyteller and possessed a great wit.
Craig will be sorely missed by those who knew him for his charm and generosity of spirit. The family would like to thank all those who have expressed their condolences and extended kindness to them during this time of loss.
A celebration of Craig’s life will be held on Saturday, August 26th, 6:00 p.m. in Oakville at the Gamble Family Vineyards winery. In lieu of flowers, tax deductible contributions in his memory can be made to the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom either by mail at 2300 River Plaza Drive, Sacramento CA 95833-3293 or via their website at LearnAboutAg.Org.