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“Joanne, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son and husband.  I have not seen you in some time and thus was unaware.  ...Read More »
1 of 39 | Posted by: Christine Gordon

“Dear Joanne: My heart goes out to you and your family.  You have been in my prayers. Love, Cindy Gilman ”
2 of 39 | Posted by: Cindy Gilman

“Joanne, Alex and Joey, I am so sorry for your loss! Your Dad was one of a kind and you guys were one of my favorite Smyth Rd families. I am thinking...Read More »
3 of 39 | Posted by: Jennifer Briggs - Manchester, NH

“Joann and family - So very sorry for your loss. Every time I was with Rod he made me feel better, there was always a laugh as well. ”
4 of 39 | Posted by: Dave Bailinson

“Joanne, sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you Gary LeBlanc ”
5 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Joanne and family- We are so sorry for the loss of Rodney and your son.Our prayers are with you. Love Mike and Linda Dexter ”
6 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Joanne, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of Rod. Please know I have you, your kids and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this...Read More »
7 of 39 | Posted by: Cathy Shanelaris - Nashua, NH

“Joanne, please accept my heartfelt sympathies on Rodkeys untimely passing. I can't imagine the challenges you have endured personally the past...Read More »
8 of 39 | Posted by: Jerome Duval - Manchester, NH

“My hearts and prayers are with you Joanne and the children at this time. He was an amazing man and I will miss seeing him and our talks about sports...Read More »
9 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Tom & I were so very sorry to read of Rod's passing.  Our prayers and healing thoughts are with you and all your family.  Two...Read More »
10 of 39 | Posted by: susan Clay & thomas Speck

“Dear J0anne; Our hearts are filled with compassion for the hardships you are experiencing. However, I know you are a strong parson who will both take...Read More »
11 of 39 | Posted by: Edward Moquin - Bedford, NH

“Dear Joanna and boys, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are so sorry to hear that Rodkey passed away. Love Deanna...Read More »
12 of 39 | Posted by: Deanna Belair - Strafford, NH

“Joanne, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.               ...Read More »
13 of 39 | Posted by: rene therrien

“Joanne, So sorry to hear about Rod's death. ”
14 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Joanne - I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. ”
15 of 39 | Posted by: Laurie Gill - Manchester, NH

“joanne !!!! my thoughts and prayers are with you and family .....sincere condoleance martine ”
16 of 39 | Posted by: martine daigle - manchester, NH

“Joanne and family, my deepest condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers to all of you ”
17 of 39 | Posted by: Josée Vachon - Framingham, MA

“To Rod's family please accept my condolences. I had the privilege to work with Rod for many years. Rod made his mark on NH and will be sorely missed....Read More »
18 of 39 | Posted by: Chief (Ret.) Ira Migdal - NH

“Joanne- Our thoughts, prayers and our deepest condolences to you and your family. ”
19 of 39 | Posted by: Kim & David Magarian - Manchester, NH

“Joanne, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rene and Cindy Therrien ”
20 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Joanne. Very sorry for your loss. Warren Cass ”
21 of 39 | Posted by: Warren Cass - Clayton,, NC

“Joanne and family - we're both very sad to read of Rod's passing. I'll always remember dinner at Shorty's. Rod was a great guy, a gifted lawyer,...Read More »
22 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Joanne and family, I agree with all of the wonderful and touching things that others here have said. He was a great guy and a gifted and effective...Read More »
23 of 39 | Posted by: Paul Gagnon - Manchester, NH

“Joanne, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have known Rod for the past 30 years when I worked for the Sheriff's office in...Read More »
24 of 39 | Posted by: Bill Barry - Manchester, NH

“Dear Joanne and family. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you all. ”
25 of 39 | Posted by: Jan Chapman - Milford, NH

“Joanne, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. May he rest in the peace of the Lord and may God give you and your family comfort and consolation in...Read More »
26 of 39 | Posted by: A friend

“Joanne and family, sorry for your loss. ~ Rob Mitchell ”
27 of 39 | Posted by: Rob Mitchell - York, ME

“Joanne & Family:Rod was a wonderful man and loved by many. Cherish the memories as he will be forever in your hearts. Take Care. ”
28 of 39 | Posted by: Sue & Dave Bouthiette - NH

“Joanne and family, I am so sad to hear of Rod's passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.love,Beab ”
29 of 39 | Posted by: MaryEllen McGorry - MA

“Dear Joanne, My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult and painful time. Rod sounded like a wonderful human being. Anything...Read More »
30 of 39 | Posted by: lisa hirsh

“Dear Joanne, This is on behalf of my mom and dad, they do no have a computer and wanted to make sure their condolences were sent. They both loved Rod...Read More »
31 of 39 | Posted by: Roland and Yolande Laprise

“Dear Joanne, so sorry for your loss! I've always enjoyed Rod's company when I had the opportunity/privilege of being with you two and you're family....Read More »
32 of 39 | Posted by: Serge M Laprise

“Dear Cousin Joanne: We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Our hearts go out to you during this trying time...Read More »
33 of 39 | Posted by: Sara & Mike D'Anjou

“Rod was a remarkable man with a kind and gentle soul. He was a good friend and mentor when I was first entering the legal world. He will be missed by...Read More »
34 of 39 | Posted by: Melanie Conley - Manchester, NH

“My heart is broken for your loss, Joanne! So soon after losing Andy...You are in my prayers for comfort and peace for you and your family! ”
35 of 39 | Posted by: Irene Vincent - Manchester, NH

“Truly a remarkable man. We will always have fond memories of Rod. Love and prayers to the family. ”
36 of 39 | Posted by: Souzanne Skladony - Weare, NH

“Dear Joanne, Our hearts go out to you and your sons.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.  As you say, Rod and Andy are together...Read More »
37 of 39 | Posted by: Lynne Bishop

“Dear Joanne, I will always be so grateful to Rod and you for all you did for my daughter, Melanie.  She was so blessed to have you both as...Read More »
38 of 39 | Posted by: Mary Smart

“Dear Joanne, Joey, Alex and Sarah.  Brian and I are so sorry for your loss. We both have so many wonderful memories of your family at Smyth...Read More »
39 of 39 | Posted by: DEE JONES & BRIAN MITCHELL


Rodkey “Rod” Craighead Jr. was known as a lawyer, sailor, husband, partner, brother, father, grandfather and friend, but these titles do not alone accurately describe the man he was. Rod was an exceptional human being full of love, generosity, kindness, fun, and adventure. He touched the lives of many people, both personally and professionally.

Rod was born in 1948 and grew up in Michigan. He was a multi-sport athlete, older brother to his two sisters, Virginia “Ginner” Craighead Brooks and Corinne “Cori” Cost, and leader of an unofficial high school group with his friends known as the “Big 10”. He graduated from Valparaiso University, and then enlisted and served in the United States Coast Guard. He went on and graduated from Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1980 and practiced as a criminal defense attorney for over 36 years. Rod dedicated his life to helping others, whether it was as a defense attorney or as the best father and husband, always there for his family.

Rod died on May 17th survived by his wife, Joanne Craighead, his children, Sarah O’Donovan, Alexander Craighead and Joseph Craighead and his son-in-law, Michael O’Donovan, and his grandchildren, Thomas, Julia and Catherine O’Donovan. Also surviving him are many cousins, nieces and nephews. His son, Andrew Craighead, predeceased him on April 17th. His family is comforted in that he has been reunited with his son, Andy.

Please join us for a celebration of Rod’s life on Sunday, June 4th, beginning at 12: 00 pm at the Executive Court Banquet Facility located at 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH. Please dress in casual attire.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts may be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at DHMC, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.

To sign our online guestbook please go to www.catejohnson.com.