Craig Adam Bornarth, most recently of Purcellville, but always of Loudoun County, was reunited in heaven on Sunday, May 27, 2018 with his mom Norma, grandmothers Carolyn and Betty, and his favorite cat Nosey. Born in Leesburg, VA in 1961, Craig grew up in Broad Run Farms where everyone he met became a part of his family. He patrolled the streets along the Broad Run and Potomac River on his bicycle, trick-or-treated from house to house, and tended his cats and every other animal that came within reach. If baloney and milk missing from the refrigerator were any indicators, no animals went hungry.
A graduate of Douglass School, Craig moved to Purcellville as a young adult where he became a visible member of the community, often serving as an unofficial greeter at establishments throughout town. He was a lifelong participant in Special Olympics and a founding member of the Very Special Arts. After retiring from ECHO, he volunteered at the local animal shelter and helped maintain parks and cemeteries in Loudoun County. On Sundays, you could find Craig holding court while rolling a few frames at Village Lanes Bowling, and on Saturdays he would lunch at Torlone’s in West Virginia with his loving father and best friend Bob Bornarth.
Craig never met a stranger, greeting all with a hug or handshake and the boisterous query, “You know me?” followed by “How do you know me?” Both questions were rhetorical, as he never forgot a face or a name. Taking his un-elected, unofficial roles as the Mayor of Purcellville and Ambassador for Loudoun County seriously, Craig always knew someone every place he went.
A crackerjack Trivial Pursuit player with a phenomenal memory, he also would have won it all if he could have appeared on Wheel of Fortune. Craig blazed a trail his entire life, and because of him and others like him, Special Olympics, the Very Special Arts, ECHO, Riding for the Handicapped, the Loudoun Association of Retarded Citizens (LARC), YouthLARC, summer camps for the handicapped, and special programs at the Douglass School were created or came to Loudoun County.
Ever the family man, Craig was a wonderful son to Robert Bornarth of Leesburg, VA; brother to Bruce and Sharon Bornarth of Sterling Park, VA; Dan and Kathy Bornarth of Surf City, NC; and Stacey Bornarth Collins of Holly Ridge, NC; and nephew to Katharine Bornarth of Leesburg, VA; Gene and Jan Levine of Sioux City, IA; and Rochelle Bornarth of Evanston, IL. He was an awesome brother-in-law to George Collins of South Riding, VA and a loving and inspirational uncle to Allison and Sean Bredbenner, Amanda and Taylor Mangum, and Michael and Gina Bornarth all of Arlington, VA; Garrett and Kelly Bornarth of Burlington, VT; George Collins, Jr. of South Riding, VA; Caroline Collins of Glendale, CA; Catherine Collins of San Diego, CA; Tina and Rob Runyan of Richlands, NC; and Nicole and Howard Wood of Milton, FL.
Craig was an unforgettable member of the Loudoun County community. Always a bright light, always loving and loved, everywhere he went he left a better place than he found. God bless ya, Craig. You’re one in a million, Kiddo!
A celebration of Craig’s life will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 2pm-5pm at 19385 Cypress Ridge Terrace, Leesburg, VA 20176 (Lansdowne Woods, previously Leisure World). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his name to the Purcellville Police Department for helping make Craig’s community a safe and accessible place.