Craig R. Tickhill

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Craig R. Tickhill passed away May 3, 2020, after battling brain cancer.

He is survived by his husband of 23 years Dean Selzer, mother Diana Hameister (Clayton), sister Kimi Tickhill, brother Buddy Tickhill (Alicia), Theresa Tickhill and many beloved family members and friends. Preceded in death by his father Roland Tickhill.

Craig was an avid lover of cars, mid-century modern, sci-fi, and ice cream, among many other things. A man of many talents, including working on cars and refinishing furniture in his spare time. During his 35 years at Cleveland Clinic, he wore many hats, and made many lifelong friends.

Craig was a wonderful person who loved life fiercely and shared his joy freely. Always there with a quick story or funny anecdote, he brightened up any room. He had a great eye for detail and a phenomenal memory. He will be missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to


20 Tributes to Craig R. Tickhill

  1. Tiffany Collins says:

    Praying for the family of my co-worker Craig…all of the above is true of him my heart is saddened and all the love and prayers goes out to you all

  2. Denise Doehring says:

    He has been missed from work since his diagnosis and will be dearly missed with his passing.
    One memory I have of him I want to share; he was so proud and loved sharing pictures of his Christmas themes throughout his home. He just beamed with pride and sheer joy making people smile.
    Deepest sympathy for his husband and family.
    Denise (Co-worker)

  3. Rose Apuzzo says:

    An Angel on earh now in heaven. BLESSINGS TO Family and friends. Rose Apuzzo

  4. Judy Dye Cutlip says:

    R.I.P. Craig.Gone but never forgotten!!❤

    • KEVIN says:

      My childhood friend who loyally and tenaciously fought with love and compassion to assist others. His enduring love for his sister Kim and his amazing humour ..whit and memory for detail.He can tell you what you were that one day when…. His laughter and brillance matched by his fortitude to what was fair and kind is imessurable. We enjoyed learning ASL together we have 1K joy full memories .He fiercely loved his family and friends and lit up next you Dean.How lucky anyone was to have been in his talented gifted compassionate life .

  5. Millissa Patch-Karpinec says:

    It saddens me to hear of a loss of someone like Craig. May he rest in peace. I wish his husband and family nothing but comfort and strength.

  6. Rhonda Vaudt says:

    I loved working with Craig, he always made me laugh. And speaking of laughs, he had the best, kind of an ornery giggle! He certainly will be missed. My prayers to his family and those close to him.

  7. Kathy says:

    I was so saddened to hear of Craig’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to his husband and family. Even though it has been a few years since we worked together, I have many happy memories of him in the workplace. We often passed each other in the coffee areas and hallways, stopping to talk about the coming day or the previous day. His kindness and love of life and people were always a part of his words and actions.He made the world a better place.

  8. Cynthia Masci and John Tomich says:

    We met Craig while selling an old furniture set on Craigslist. He quickly became a dear friend inviting us to his Christmas extravaganza. Just like the Christmas party, Craig was bigger than life, always quick with a pun, idea or offering a helping hand. This world has lost a truly good person, but we are sure you are adding flair to your new heavenly home.

  9. Lindsey Marrero says:

    I met Craig on my first day at the Clinic, where he showed me the ropes and gave me a tour of Main Campus. He knew all the ins and outs of that place! He trained me on many aspects of my job, and was always patient and kind with the many questions I had during those first few months. I am very grateful to have met and to have worked with him. He was a genuinely kind soul and could liven up a room with a joke or lighthearted comment. I will really miss bumping into him around the Clinic! My thoughts are with his family during this tremendously difficult time.

  10. Donna M Templeton says:

    Craig will be dearly missed ❤. God bless you, Dean.

  11. Jan says:

    He will be missed greatly Craig we love you forever

  12. Connie says:

    What a loss to our world and lives. I am so saddened by this. Craig and I worked together at main campus and became fast friends. You will be missed my dear friend. RIP

  13. Suri Surender says:

    Craig, your smile, no matter where or when seen, will always be remembered.

    A friendly person and an enthusiastic human being, who presented with interesting conversations!

  14. Cheri Michael says:

    His heart, his spirit and his personality were bigger than words can express. Love you!

  15. John says:

    Rest in peace Craig. I always enjoyed our talks at work, the various stories you would tell of your adventures. You will be missed.

  16. Patricia A Ridgway says:

    Dean – My parents and I are so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. We always enjoyed seeing both of you at our family birthday parties. He was fun to be with and had the best stories! You are in our hearts and prayers. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  17. Jennifer Zarzecny says:

    Craig is someone I will never forget. He always made me laugh and I looked forward to his stories he would tell me. We worked together on and off throughout the last 20 years and I am privileged to call him a friend. Dean, you and Craig will be in my heart forever. Sending love and hugs.

  18. Alan Slusser says:

    I remember when I first met him it was in the vocational wing before our classes,mine Distributive Education and his Graphic Art Education and told him that I needed a ride to graduation practice,he g ave me his number and told me he would pick me before a female friend and graduate of our class.Later his female friend introduce him and I to my future girlfriend who I dated over the summer before she headed off to college and I wrote her a letter but didn’t hear from her xv so I started date other girls.

  19. Margaret Daole says:

    A lover of Christmas on steroids, where one can never put up too many trees at Christmas, a lover of adventures, even an hour long one, a very curious person who wanted to see and experience anything he found interesting, a collector of everything, including lots of great friends, a way beyond generous person with his time, interest and support, and one of the best hearts and minds I’ve ever met. Craig was one of the best of the best. A gentleman through and through.

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