In Loving Memory of Craig Maddocks
(May 8, 1940 – Nov. 6, 2023)
Craig Maddocks, 83, a man of remarkable determination and resilience who made a mark on Hawaii’s local entertainment industry with his company, Hawaii Stage and Lighting, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 6, surrounded by family.
Born on May 8, 1940, in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, Craig was the only child of Shirley and Carmelita Maddocks.
Growing up, Craig’s family moved several times with his father’s work – in a WWII munitions factory in Massachusetts, running a hunting cabin site and for a can manufacturer in Maine, and in construction in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. His mother worked as a waitress and cook along with other jobs. When Craig was in high school, the Maddocks family moved west to Thompson Falls, Montana.
After graduating, he joined the Navy as an aviation electronics technician. His first assignment was to Oahu in 1959. Shortly after arriving, he met his future wife, Virginia “Ginny.” The two married within the year and raised their four children, Debby, Ricky, Shawn and Shane, on the island.
While in the Navy, Craig flew on assignments to Guam, Japan and Vietnam. He loved being in the service, but he and Ginny decided that rather than taking the next offered military assignment on the mainland, he would get out so the family could have stability on Oahu.
After leaving the service in 1963, Craig followed a career in electronic technology, lighting and sound engineering. Together with Ginny, they built Theatre Technic, Tradeshow Decorators, Electronic Services and Hawaii Stage and Lighting, providing equipment and services for the entertainment industry in Hawaii.
Craig’s dedication, hard work, and many hours on the job led to highly successful companies which played key roles in countless local events, from concerts to nightclubs, and left a lasting impact on Hawaii’s entertainment scene.
He gave many young people a start in the working world through his companies and was a great mentor and friend. Craig and Ginny were also known for their hospitality and welcoming natures. Craig was a Green Bay Packers fan and a strong supporter of University of Hawaii football.
He will be remembered for his tenacity and business acumen and his enduring love for his family. His indomitable spirit continues to inspire those who knew him.
Craig is preceded in death by his son, Richard “Ricky” Maddocks, and survived by his beloved wife, Virginia Maddocks, and his children, Debby, Shawn, and Shane (Newsha) Maddocks. He has five grandchildren, Micah (Kanai‘a Olds), Mason, and Marshall (Laura Gavin) Gourley, and Bryce and Sean Maddocks, and two great-grandchildren, Clay and Walker Gourley.
On Tuesday, Dec. 19th, services will be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Kailua: 9:30 a.m. visitation; 10:45 a.m. Eulogy; 11 a.m. Mass. A private burial will take place at a later date. A public Celebration of Life will be announced in the future.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Anthony School Kailua for its school renovation fund.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.HawaiianMemorialParkChapel.com for the Maddocks family.