Craig R. Knowlton, 31, of Hope, passed away unexpectedly on April 12, 2017, at the home of his mom Margaret and step-father Stan in Swanville.

Craig grew up in the Hope area, attending schools in Hope and graduating from Camden Hills Reginal High School in 2004. Craig also attended a vocational school in Rockland where he won a gold medal at a State of Maine competition which qualified him for a Skills USA competition in Kansas City. There he won a bronze medal in motorcycle technology. Because of this Craig won a full scholarship to Ohio Technical College.

Craig worked as a mechanic in the Rockland area for several years, before going to work for Fisher Engineering.

Craig’s joys in life were fishing, hunting and attending the races. He also enjoyed going to a concert with friends in Caven Rock, Illinois. Craig was proud to have built a custom motorcycle using a Harley 2004 engine from one bike, a transmission from another, and a custom frame. He did this with help from a friend, knowledge from years as a mechanic and training acquired in the past.

Craig is survived by his mom Margaret Sarnacki and her husband Stan of Swanville; his grandmother Doris Knowlton; a half-brother Greg Knowlton; two step-sisters; several aunts, uncles, cousins and one special great-uncle Robert Flanders.

Craig was predeceased by his grandmother Joyce Fogg, and one aunt and uncle on his mother’s side. He also leaves behind close friends, with whom he spent many hours.

A private graveside service will be held at the Achorn Cemetery in Rockland, Maine. A gathering will be announced at a later date.

Those who wish to remember Craig in a special way can donate to an animal shelter of their choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.