Bob Craugh is watching
Patty Hotchkiss bugged Bob Craugh for years about hanging his picture on her restaurant wall. After all, Mr. Craugh loved Canandaigua so much he served in just about every local philanthropic organization there is.
He had also frequented Patty's Place at 33 S. Main St. for years and even had a favorite table and a favorite chair. It just made sense to add his picture to the many already on the wall paying tribute to the community. Those include a photo of the Canandaigua Fire Department, circa 1941; a portrait of the late Marvin Rapp, local educator and historian; a poster from the annual Canandaigua Arts and Music Festival; and a painting of George Hamlin IV, president and CEO of Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co., flying a fighter plane as an Air Force pilot in the 1960s.
But Mr. Craugh never let her hang his picture, said Hotchkiss. He was too modest. After he died, though, on July 29, Hotchkiss said she knew what she wanted to do. She approached local artist Ted Williams about doing a portrait of Mr. Craugh from a photograph.
"He was a wonderful man," said Williams, who met Mr. Craugh years ago when the two ran into each other in Patty's Place. So Williams said he was pleased to create the portrait, which he did by first doing a drawing and then using a digital technique to produce an acrylic painting.
Among those gathered at Patty's Place last Thursday for the unveiling of the work were Mr. Craugh's sister, Joan Chrysler; his sister-in-law, Donna Craugh; and Mr. Craugh's close friends, Tom and Alice Erdman, and their daughters, Anne and Cathy. The group sat at Mr. Craugh's table — with Tom Erdman, in fact, in Mr. Craugh's seat, just below the painting. Tom Erdman said he didn't think Mr. Craugh would mind: "I feel honored," remarked Erdman, smiling.
Mr. Craugh had a great sense of humor and "was always upbeat," added another friend, John Hays, who sat at another table.
At yet another table of Mr. Craugh's fans sat a group from Canandaigua National Bank, where Mr. Craugh had had a long career that began as a teller and ended with years as senior vice president. For many at the bank — and in the community — Mr. Craugh had been a mentor, setting an example when it came to work and community service, said his old friends.
Richard Hawks Jr., senior vice president at the bank, said the portrait makes him think Mr. Craugh is still watching over Canandaigua.
"It captures the look in his eyes," said Hawks. "Look at those eyes — they follow you."
Julie Sherwood can be reached at (585) 394-0770, Ext. 263, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.