Craig Ivor Bowen was an integral part of the Maxpak team for over a decade. He began work in May of 1998 before leaving the Company to pursue opportunities in New Zealand in 2003. He returned to Maxpak in May of 2005. For many in the industry, he was "Mr. Maxpak". He was incredibly well liked, knowledgeable, professional and hard working. Craig passed away on January 15, 2014. He is the father of Courtney, Bryce and Lachlan. Son of Christopher and Christine.
Craig will leave a deep legacy at Maxpak - much greater than the substantial business he developed, or the accounts and products he worked on during his tenure. With his easy smile and witty observations on football, dating and politics, he was a source of endless cheer to those around him. His effort, determination and business acumen fueled much of our Company's growth.
The below text was read by his colleague Shane Young at his funeral on Friday 31st January, 2014. We will miss him dearly.
I worked closely with Craig for over 10 years at Maxpak. Craig loved his work. His work loved him. People he worked with loved him. The clients that he dealt with loved him. He was excellent at his job.
The core of our business has been together for so long, that the distinctions between "genetic family" and "work mates" have broken down to simply "family." We've lost Craig. We've lost family.
To the rest of Craig's family, I want to tell you that Maxpak has recieved over 150 emails from clients and prospects who Craig was in touch with, and we've taken over 100 phone calls in the past few weeks. This wave of correspondence was sent from CEO's and General Mangers of Australia's largest companies, as well as purchasing clerks, entrepreneurs, warehousing and administration staff. Craig was able to talk and relate to everyone, regardless of their job description, age or background.
Each piece of correspondence asked us to send to all of you their messages of condolences and support. Craig Bowen's impact on so many people was enormous.
Craig - as your soul continues it's journey, I wish you well mate. Thank you for being a part of my life. I'm forever grateful to know you.
Our National Sales Manager, Mr. Glenn Amor could not be here today. He asked me to read the following message today.
"Craig, my mate. I have loved you like a brother, we had so many great and funny times. I will always miss our crazy conversations. You know the ones. The ones where only we knew what we were talking about in our own secret code. People around us looked at us in a weird way, whilst we laughed our head off - thinking each other was so funny. The world was a better place with you in it mate. I know for sure my world was. Rest in peace my friend. I will remember you always."
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