Northborough – Craig L. Schofield, a lifelong Northborough resident and career firefighter, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 6, 2021, after a short period of declining health. He was 72 years old. Craig was born in Marlborough and raised in Northborough, one of 5 children to the late Malcolm A. and Beverly L. (Burrows) Schofield.
From a young age Craig wanted to be a fireman. He served as a call firefighter for the Town of Northborough while working for the Northborough Parks Department. He also enjoyed being outdoors and would assist the Fiske Family, as a gardener, at the former Fiske Garden Center in Northborough and the Fiske Gardens of Sterling.
After graduating from Northborough High School, Craig completed his BS in Fire Science from the University of Massachusetts. In 1971 Craig enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he proudly and honorably served as a Fire Protection Specialist. Upon returning home, Craig worked as a base firefighter for several years at Ft. Devens until its decommission. He then transferred to Westover Air Reserve Base where he finished out his career.
Craig enjoyed traveling. He summered in Stockton Springs, Maine and enjoyed spending time on his property in E. Corinth, Maine. Later in life Craig would travel to Cheticamp, Nova Scotia, where he found a new sideline, being a whale tour guide making a lasting impression on all that he met and lifelong friendships. Craig was a genuine friend and had a strong yet positive force within him which he shared with everyone. He was a true friend- no matter how long it was between visits, Craig would welcome you with open arms.
Craig is survived by his godson, Colby Fiske and his wife Amanda of Holden along with their children Brayden, Mason and Mackenzie Fiske, all whom Craig loved as his own grandchildren. He also leaves four sisters, Andrea Schofield and her husband Steven of Auburn, Dale Gieser and her husband Will of Ocala, Fl, Dawn Wickam of Sturgis, SD and Marla Schofield of Arizona; a nephew, Justin Gieser and his children Carter and Scarlett; a niece, Kelly Gieser and his many friends and fellow firefighters.
At the wishes of Craig, all services at this time will be private. Please consider in lieu flowers, memorial contributions in Craig’s name to the Northborough Firefighters Local 3057, Po Box 103, Northborough, MA 01532.