Jewell Craddock

Obituary of Jewell F. Craddock

Jewell F. Craddock, 82, passed away on May 23, 2022 in Somers Point. Born July 20, 1939 in Somers Point, Jewell was a lifelong resident of his hometown. He attended the local schools as a child, and graduated from Ocean City High School in 1957. Jewell served as a lifeguard at the Somers Point beach from 1954 to 1957. He moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for several years before returning home to work for two years at Conway’s Gulf, Handley’s Gulf, and Benner’s Esso. In 1962, Jewell enlisted in the Army and served his country for two years. He traveled across Europe, and was stationed in Baumholder Germany. After his service in the Army, Jewell returned to Somers Point in 1964. Shortly after his return, Jewell fell in love with Rosemarie Foglio. They were married in October 1965 and spent the next fifty-seven years together. Shortly after marrying, Jewell and Rose started a family. Beverly, born in 1968, followed by Joseph born in 1970, and then Suzanne, born in 1972. Jewell had a very special place in his heart for his children, and he loved them deeply. Around the same time Jewell started raising his children with his loving wife, he became interested in antiques with his good friend, John Spurlock. That was the beginning of a lifelong passion, and over the years he attended countless auctions, flea markets, and yard sales – always on the lookout for a bargain! Ultimately, Jewell and Rose owned two successful antique stores, The Old Bay Shoppe in Somers Point and The Trading Post in Mizpah. Jewell joined the Somers Point Police Department in 1965, and was promoted to Sergeant just four years later. He retired in 1989 after 23 years of distinguished service. He was honored that same year with a Proclamation from Somers Point City Council for his years of dedication to the city. Later in life, Jewell worked in numerous endeavors, helping his son run several businesses. He also honed his craft as a sign maker – becoming affectionately known as “The Sign Man.” Jewell would take the last name of a friend, a popular tourist destination, a favorite saying, or the name of a local business, and create a sign. He would distress the signs, making them look older than they were, and they were always in high demand. He could have easily made his sign making a thriving business, but Jewell was satisfied with the positive reception he got in lieu of payment. If you pay close attention, you will see his legacy living on in so many homes and business establishments all over South Jersey and beyond. Jewell was blessed with seven grandchildren – Joseph Young, Maggie Vittorini, Anna and Sam Sanchez, and Lilly, Molly and Emily Craddock. Predeceased by his parents Jewell and Margaret Craddock, his dear friend and brother-in-law James Chesmore and his mother in law Lois Fiorentio. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by all who knew him including his numerous nieces, nephews, and the special people in his life – especially his sweet sister-in-law Joan Chesmore, Diane Jannotta, Rich Savino, Janette Sammon, and so many others. A Service of Memory and Love will be offered Wednesday morning, June 1st at 11 o'clock from The Godfrey Funeral Home of Palermo, 644 South Shore Road, Palermo, NJ where friends may call from nine o'clock until the time of service. Burial is private at the convenience of his family. For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com
Wednesday
1
June

Memorial Visitation at Funeral Home

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
The Godfrey Funeral Home Of Palermo
644 South Shore Road
Palermo, New Jersey, United States
Wednesday
1
June

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
The Godfrey Funeral Home Of Palermo
644 South Shore Road
Palermo, New Jersey, United States
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