Craig was born in Rockledge, Florida and grew up in Westford, Massachusetts. At his high school, Westford Academy, he was an active member of the theater community. Craig graduated from George Washington University in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. He volunteered at RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) as an Online Hotline Staffer. Craig dedicated his career to advocacy work, including Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Fission Strategy, Prosperity Now, and Public Citizen.
Craig was a light in the lives of those who knew him, and the world is darker now without him. Craig’s loved ones describe him as a beautiful soul, quick as a whip, with a big, soft, heavy heart. He was empathetic, silly and sweet, with an encyclopedic memory for movie and song quotes. He felt the injustices of the world so deeply and was a vocal ally and fierce advocate for those in need. Craig shared many beautiful moments with those he loved. He was so much more than his depression.
He is survived by his parents, Len and Marilyn Sandler; sister Lori Sandler and her husband Grant Goodman and their son Oscar; sister Melinda Morrill and her husband Thayer Morrill and their children Elizabeth and Louisa; and brother Scott Sandler and his fiancé Catherine Ott-Holland; and many extended family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, gifts, or food, the family suggests a donation to a charitable organization. Craig was passionate about many causes, including those listed below:
The Trevor Project
Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Network of Abortion Funds
The Transgender Law Center
National Immigration Law Center
He will be laid to rest in April in a private ceremony. An outdoor celebration of Craig’s life is being planned for the end of June in Plymouth, MA. Details will be posted here.