To understand what made Craig so unique is to first acknowledge that he came from a truly special family. His mother, Hyacinth, is the definition of a committed community activist. She leads innumerable community initiatives, is a fixture at municipal meetings, and may well be the pied piper of Hartford’s South End.
Hyacinth describes herself in three ways: “I’m a multi-tasker, I am very curious, and I want to know everything.”
She adds this last bit with a big laugh. Everyone who knows Hyacinth knows this; her morning walks around the neighborhood often take hours, because she stops to check on the welfare of her neighbors, always at the ready to lend a hand or give an ear.
Hyacinth’s primary passion is promoting education. She instilled a love of learning in each of her three children. The oldest, Charley, earned her doctorate in medicine and is a family practitioner at a clinic in Hartford’s Blue Hills section. Craig, the middle child, received his PhD from Brown and planned on attending law school. Her youngest, Melissa, is a teacher in Hartford Public Schools and on the cusp of earning her PhD from Central Connecticut State University. All three grew up trailing their mom to community meetings, pitching in for the cause de jour, and each found their own ways to make a difference.