ForeverMissed
Dr. Craig Shannon, 42 years old, born on June 5, 1979, and passed away on October 29, 2021. We will remember him forever.

Services:  
Calling hours to remember and honor Dr. Shannon M.D. will be held on Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 11AM-1pm with a service at 1pm, 
Miller Funeral Home,
371 Hooker Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

 https://www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com/


3pm After Service Food & Drinks
Address: CREW RESTAURANT & BAR
2290 South Road,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
https://www.crewrestaurant.com/

Memorial donations in Dr. Craig Shannon's honor may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering at : https://giving.mskcc.org/

Dr. Craig Shannon
29 Fox Street, Suite 100
Poughkeepsie, New York  12601

Please feel free to leave written or photo tributes on this page of Dr Shannon. His loved ones greatly appreciate it.
Posted by Josephine Shapiro on November 19, 2021
We are so saddened to hear about Dr. Shannon.
Our condolences to Dr. Shannon's family, colleagues and patients.
He was such a warm and endearing man. I will never forget his smile.
May God keep you in his loving care!
Medical Staff Services: Northern Westchester Hospital

Posted by Laurel SHUTE on November 18, 2021
Our sincere condolences for the family. Dr Craig Shannon was very inspiring. His expertise as a surgeon created great security for my husband's recovery, with the follow up visits to Dr. Micheal Shannon. Upon meeting Dr. Craig Shannon, both myself and Tadashi, were reassured by Dr. Craig Shannon's whole hearted kindness, his sincere concern, and by his ability to share a smile. I will always remember the great example of his kindness and compassion.
Posted by Michelle Martins on November 17, 2021
Dr. Shannon was my mother’s neurosurgeon. It was a complicated medical and social case. Dr. Shannon showed incredible compassion and dedication.  When mom couldn’t make it to his office for follow up care, he and his father came to her nursing home for that important visit. Who does that today?This earthly world has lost a true and heroic spirit and we are lesser for it. For his family and loved ones, I believe that they have gained an angel to watch over them. May your memories sustain you though difficult times.  With sincerest sympathies,
Lola Dougherty’s family. Michelle and Vic
Posted by April Dennison on November 16, 2021
Dr Shannon and his father did my 1st neck surgery as I have DDD. he did such an amazing job. And post surgery he was there with me every single moment I needed him as I was healing. I've never met a Dr like him, so passionate, understanding, just overall the most decent human being I've met in a very long time. He was definitely taken way too soon. I will miss you Dr Shannon.
Posted by Nancy Brucker on November 16, 2021
My heart aches for all of you. A wonderful person gone too soon. Dr. Shannon, I'm sending you a hug and many prayers. As you know, you and your son saved my life. 
Posted by Ryan Ormond on November 15, 2021
Thanks for being a great colleague through residency. You will certainly be missed, Craig.
Posted by Veronica Clare on November 15, 2021
All I’ve been thinking about the past month or two is damn, I really gotta call Dr. Shannon because my back is killing me. The only reason I haven’t is because I know he’d be like… well… are you doing your PT? Conversation over lol

As in another tribute written, I too felt like the luckiest unlucky girl to have gotten the best father son duo to perform an emergency spinal fusion on Christmas Eve 2018 (sorry to the family if it kept them from any plans!). My house had been broken into and I was thrown down a flight of stairs immediately shattering one of my vertebrae. Dr. Shannon was just in utter shock when he found out what happened. His concern was genuine and he didn’t hesitate to testify to the nature of my injuries on the stand to help lock that scum up for 25-life. My family loved him for taking good care of me during that hospital stay and the appointments to come. I feel like I didn’t appreciate it then as much as I do now because the trauma was fresh and I was so angry at what had happened to me. He would always tell me I’m so lucky to be walking, to be alive, and I would fire back that none of this should have happened at all. I hope he knows how grateful I truly am as difficult as I may have been. Im so sad I didn’t know sooner to be able to attend the services. The world lost a good one. Damn. RIP Dr Shannon
Posted by Joci Scott on November 15, 2021
In July 2019, I had a back injury that resulted in nerve damage, and needed emergency neurosurgery. In an area where we knew no one, I somehow managed to get the most amazing father-son neurosurgery duo - Drs. Michael and Craig Shannon. I am the luckiest unlucky girl ever because of that.

Dr. Shannon not only saved my life, but encouraged me to persevere in a time where I felt so hopeless. I was twenty years old, paralyzed from the waist down, with no clue what to do with my life. He shared his story about his own personal battles, and his story and words gave me so much hope and inspiration to continue on with mine. I left Vassar Brothers after two weeks but he continued to stay in touch with us, encouraging me and congratulating me on my progressing recovery and achievements. He and his team sent me a card and gift after I graduated from college, almost two years after the accident and two years after we had seen him.

In the two weeks that I spent close contact with him, he touched my life and my family's lives forever. We will forever be so grateful for him and the rest of the team, for keeping my family intact, and always encouraging me to succeed. Rest in Peace Dr. Shannon.
Posted by Bob Edge Jr on November 15, 2021
My family had the blessing of meeting Dr Craig, his father Michael, and Tara, at Vassar. Dr Craig & his father operated on our 86 year old father Bob Edge Sr (brain) and saved his life. What a shame to lose such an incredible Surgeon, doctor, and amazing person. We are forever grateful to have met you. Rest In Peace Dr Craig. Our deepest condolences to the entire family and practice. God bless you all.
With deepest sympathy,
The Edge Family
Posted by Ericka Howard on November 15, 2021
Words can never say how thankful I am to have had you for a doctor. 4 years ago while at work I had a brain bleed and was flown from Sharon hospital to Vassar. It took me awhile to even realize who you were, once I did you always answered every question, concern or anything me my husband or my mom had. Even the years following when I could come by myself you always asked how they both were. You were an amazing doctor and I will forever be thankful. My condolences to your family, friends, and colleagues. Ericka Howard
Posted by Sheryl Shaefer on November 15, 2021
What a lucky person I am to have been a patient of yours.
Thank you for all you have done for me. My sincerest condolences to your family and friends. You will be missed
Posted by holly myer on November 15, 2021
God gave you to us for a little while. Now that you have help others, he has call you home to him. May your friends and family know how much we will all miss you!
Posted by Petrina Jackson on November 15, 2021
What an amazing human being you were. Dr. Craig was an awesome human being. He was my mother's surgeon and his bedside manner in these days is unheard of. The compassion he showed was genuine. Yahweh hand picked him to be my mother's doctor. You will be missed dearly. My condolences to your family. May Yahweh comfort them now and forever. Rest well Sweet Prince.
Posted by Margaret Decker on November 15, 2021
DR. CRAIG Shannon was not only my surgeon but a friend. He cared for his patients in a way you don't find very often these days. He was a caring and gentle soul and worked hard to help me with my injury. My heart is saddened to lose such a wonderful individual. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and friends. HE will forever be in my heart. I will remember his smile and his kind heart.
Posted by Jenean Williams-Green on November 15, 2021
My husband and I met Dr. Shannon a little over 4 years ago. He was highly recommended by my husband's surgeon to care for him moving forward after a major surgery to remove a brain tumor. As a matter of fact, he was the surgeon on staff the day we came to the emergency room and he recommended the Dr. who performed the surgery! So he was in God's plan for my husband's care all the time. Dr. Shannon was truly a kind man. He was an amazing doctor for my husband and every doctor visit we left with a smile.  I am so sad at this loss and I pray for your family that God will be your comforter and your strength in all your days ahead. Please know that Dr. Shannon's legacy will live on and we will never forget his kindness, his guidance and that friendly face! Our prayers are with you! Roland and Jenean Green!
Posted by Michelle Marchese on November 8, 2021
So so so sorry to hear this horrible news. You were such a nice and kind man. We were so honored to save you on staff at White Plains Hospital.
Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. 
Posted by Gary rumley on November 7, 2021
Today we honored Dr. Craig Shannon. After tonight getting the opportunity to meet your friends and family here in Poughkeepsie. I was glad to hear what I already knew. That you were sometimes a pain in the ass, an honest man, a noble man, a good man, and most importantly a man with a big heart and compassion. I don't wish there were more of you. I just wish we had more time with you. They broke the mold when they made you buddy. Until we meet again rest easy my friend.
Posted by Joshua Lampert on November 7, 2021
Craig was the intern in the burn unit when I met him. He asked me to show him some suturing techniques. I was glad to have his help with the busy calls we took together there. Looking back on our friendship, it was really the only thing he ever asked of me. His generosity as a friend outweighed those who surrounded him, including myself. He was always there for me, even when he was sick and battling cancer. I could call him up anytime and complain about my day, trivial drama, an ex girl friend, a new girl friend, and later my wife. (Lol - love you honey). He would put his own struggles aside and listen.  I remember when he was in the hospital undergoing prolonged treatment during his residency - I had moved to Florida to practice and he was being treated in NY. We would talk about getting away to the Florida Keys. It took longer than expected, but we finally made it to Key West and rented a house with a group of friends. Craig had a sternal wire popping out of his chest I think then that still needed to be removed, but he didn’t let it stop him from paddle boarding, the bike tours, karaoke and his constant contagious smile that made everyone around him feel better. We went back to the keys a few times since. Fishing, my wedding, his engagement, the mojitos - we had fun. He loved Neurosurgery and he loved helping patients - So much so, that it was frequently the topic of conversation over beers and on the phone. He loved what he did and he worked his ass off doing it. I was really proud of him - or more I am proud to have been somebody that he considered a friend. Craig did a lot of great things in his life. He did them in a very short period of time with a lot of pressure that most of us have no idea what it’s like. He did it always with a smile on his face when I saw him. I am going to miss you buddy. You made this world a better place before you left it. You were a true friend
Posted by Lynn Keller on November 7, 2021
The Gensoli Family sends our sincere condolences to the Shannon family. Dr. Shannon cared so deeply for our brother Jim and was our guiding light when he was so terribly sick. Dr. Shannon has “made a mark that cannot be erased” and for that, we are truly grateful, yet so deeply saddened. He left his legacy of compassion and caring for others but his passing was far too soon for us to ever acknowledge our gratitude. Our family has been blessed by Dr. Shannon's remarkable spirit of empathy, humility, and grace and we will always remember him and his family in our prayers.
Posted by Julet Ewers-Wolfe on November 6, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Shannon family. I was fortunate to have met and worked with Dr.Craig Shannon during his residency at St Vincent Hospital. I remember when we were introduced, I asked him how are you so lucky to be given names that can be use as first name, middle name and last name. He smile and said-when he find out he will let me know. 
Dr. Shannon was joyful, reassuring and sincere. He was always courteous and compassionate to his patients and the entire staff. We all knew he would become a great neurosurgeon.
I am so glad he got to fulfill his dream. Dr Shannon will be deeply missed. Craig, sleep in Eternal peace.
Posted by Virany Hillard on November 6, 2021
My family and I would like to send our deepest condolence to Craig’s family. Craig was a great neurosurgeon. He was caring, kind, skilled and everything that a patient would want their doctor to be. His strength and courage in his battle in life helped me face mine. We will miss him terribly.
Posted by Beata Glazowski on November 5, 2021
“Remember Me:
To the living, I am gone. To the sorrowful, I will never return. To the angry, I was cheated, but to the happy, I am at peace, and to the faithful, I have ever left. I cannot be seen, but I can be heard. So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at beautiful sea- remember me. As you look in awe at mighty forest and its grand majesty- remember me. As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity- remember me. Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, your memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed. For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.” -Margaret Mead.
Craig I will always remember you. I send my dearest condolences to Shannon Family.
Posted by Anne-Marie Dignan on November 5, 2021
We are so sorry to hear of Dr. Shannon’s passing. My husband and I met Dr. Craig several years ago when my husband needed urgent spinal surgery. We liked him immediately. He put us at ease and was very reassuring. Several weeks after surgery we landed back in the ER with my husband experiencing new pain. Dr. Shannon sat and really listened to me, the concerned wife. He ordered an MRI and when the results revealed a second surgery was needed, he thoroughly explained what to expect. After the second 5+ hour challenging surgery was over, he came out to tell me everything went well. He looked relieved it was over and explained how and why it had been difficult but successful. Then he did something I will never forget - he asked if he could give me a hug. I don’t think I knew until that moment how much I needed a hug & how much comfort it would give me. As my husband recovered, we had office visits with both father and son. You could see how happy they were to work together. We talked about families, pets, sports and Dr. Michael proudly showed us family photos. It’s been about 3 years since our last visit, but we would periodically joke that we should schedule an appointment with him just to catch up and see how he was doing. The Hudson Valley was blessed to have him provide care to our community. We are grateful to him everyday for his surgical skill but mostly for the compassionate care he provided to us when we needed it the most. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and coworkers but please know he was a gift to all those who were fortunate to know him.

Anne-Marie & Jim Dignan
Posted by Gary Lockwood on November 5, 2021
From the Lockwood Family.

Dr Shannon and his father saved my wife's life in March 2019 and I will be forever grateful that we were fortunate enough to have them as our doctors. Their expertise and compassion throughout the process was amazing. RIP Dr Shannon, you will be missed
Posted by Scott Aronhalt on November 5, 2021
Shannon Family,
I was devasted to hear the news of Craig's passing. Craig was such a big part of the Blue Devil Basketball Program and an inspiration to me personally. He was a tireless worker, a tough competitor but had such great empathy for his teammates and coaches. I wish I could say that I had a positive impact on Craig's life but I can say with all my heart that the impact he had on me will be forever treasured. Craig was a doctor, husband, brother, and friend but to our Loyal Blue Devil Family, he was our Blood Brother and truly one of the best. Rest in peace our Blue Devil Brother and I pray someday we will meet again.
Posted by Andrea Balga on November 5, 2021
We lost a great friend and doctor. An excellent neurosurgeon. He was more than a doctor to all his patients. He became their friends and part of their families. I will never forget the day I met him. My mom was rushed to the hospital. He needed to operate on her. He told us everything would be fine. He would take good care of her. He has been there over the last two and half years to help her recover. Always there to ensure she got the care she needed. I can’t thank him enough for all he did for mom. He became a part of our family. My moms eyes lite up every time he walked in the room. Our family will always love you. You will missed. Our deepest sympathy to the entire Shannon family, his colleagues, Doctors and friends. You are one of the great ones and will truly be missed. ❤️
Posted by Carolina Stolfa on November 4, 2021
I remember your first day at Vassar when you came into the Operating Room where Carla Chivattoni and I first met you many years ago. My heart breaks every time I think of you and your family. I was lucky to have gotten to know you and to work with you as often as I did. I will never forget your contagious smile and how much you cared about your patients and the people around you. I will forever miss you and will never forget you. Rest easy now my friend❤️❤️❤️❤️
Posted by Bernadette Pasamba-Rakhli... on November 4, 2021
I remember him well as a resident at Westchester Medical Center. He was so kind. Always had a smile for everyone, and was always happy to go the extra mile for a patient or colleague. He will be missed.
Posted by Rima Christie on November 4, 2021
Craig, you will be missed. You were a compassionate, caring person. I found that out when we were driving and happened upon an injured feral young cat. We got him in my car and were taking him to the Vet and they were reluctant because they were worried about who would pay the bill... Craig, you then got angry and said 'I will pay the bill!! Now let's get him to the vet!!" You had a way with all the furry babies, Pico was crazy for you, even our Parrotlet (Kiwi) and as you said to me "Maddie was your savior". When I had to have a medical procedure... you found me the best surgeon and calmed my nerves by visiting me in the hospital. I will always love you Craig.. you were true Blue. My deepest heartfelt sympathy to the entire Shannon family and to all Craig's friends... Craig you were one of the good ones! Give Pico a kiss for us.
Posted by Hans Stover on November 3, 2021
I met Craig for the first time when he was a resident and we went to Germany together for a weeklong training course. Over the years, I have taken many residents and fellows on this trip, none as smart or as much fun to be with as Craig. I am proud to say we remained friends over the years, but because of our schedules never spent as much time together as we wanted to. I regret we never got that golf game in we talked about so often. You will truly be missed my friend.
Posted by Tiffany Gagliano on November 3, 2021
My husband Jimmy and I were fortunate enough to have met Dr. Shannon through my father, David Reis. A brilliant surgeon, and genuinely nice guy, who left this world too soon. Sending peace and prayers to Mrs. Shannon and the rest of the Shannon family.
Posted by Audra Johnson on November 2, 2021
I’ve had the true pleasure of knowing Craig most of my life. To know him was to love him. His smile, his laugh (I can hear it now), his teasing (I’ve experienced plenty of that!) and his truly giant heart are all things I’m going to miss. To many he was a respected, well-loved Doctor. To me, he will always be Craigy. My big brother, my family. Hope you’re watching Friends reruns in a giant lazy boy in the sky. Love you big brother. 
Posted by Samir Pandya on November 2, 2021
I knew Craig when he was a resident in NY. I was in general surgery and he in Neurosurgery. He always left a positive impression with everything he did. Compassionate, caring, able and humble. An all around fantastic human being who demonstrated strength and wisdom beyond his years. While I did not know him too well outside of work, he left an impression laid down the marker. I feel fortunate to have known him. The world needs more people like Craig Shannon.
Posted by Melissa Cutting on November 2, 2021
Every now and then, if you are lucky enough, a special person comes into your life and leaves a forever mark on your heart. Dr. Shannon was that someone for us. When I was at the darkest moment in my life, Dr. Shannon walked through the hospital door, bringing with him beams of light, an angel. He gave us hope. He saved my life. Not only was he my doctor, he was also part of our work family. Everyone’s day would brighten at a whiff of his cologne because they knew it would soon be followed by that giant, contagious smile of his! Dr. Shannon was everything a great doctor and friend should be. Smart, kindhearted, warm. Instilling hope and happiness into everyone he cared for. Every now and then, someone is lucky enough to meet an angel. I am one of those lucky ones. Thank you, Dr. Shannon, for everything you did for us. I can only hope that you will continue to shine over us with those radiant beams of light.
Posted by David Reis on November 2, 2021
Doc enriched my life and our friends' lives so very much. He is truly missed. Sending prayers and condolences to Candace and the Shannon family. Doc is forever in my heart.
Posted by Christian Hietanen on November 2, 2021
Dr. Shannon came into our lives during our darkest hour. He was a ray of light where there was none. I will never forget his caring eyes, hopeful smile, and warm demeanor, all of which helped to pull us out of our feeling of hope and despair. His caring, compassion, and empathy knew no bounds. A model that all physicians and healthcare providers should follow. Thank you, Dr. Shannon, for being an angel when we needed one the most. We will never forget you.
Posted by Meena Jhanwar-Uniyal on November 2, 2021


…..…..when we lose a friend from our lives ….we gain a bright star in the sky. You will always be in our hearts.
Posted by Judi Bauer on November 2, 2021
Memories...let them fill your mind, warm your heart and lead you through "unknown". Craig - it was a pleasure knowing you.

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Posted by Josephine Shapiro on November 19, 2021
We are so saddened to hear about Dr. Shannon.
Our condolences to Dr. Shannon's family, colleagues and patients.
He was such a warm and endearing man. I will never forget his smile.
May God keep you in his loving care!
Medical Staff Services: Northern Westchester Hospital

Posted by Laurel SHUTE on November 18, 2021
Our sincere condolences for the family. Dr Craig Shannon was very inspiring. His expertise as a surgeon created great security for my husband's recovery, with the follow up visits to Dr. Micheal Shannon. Upon meeting Dr. Craig Shannon, both myself and Tadashi, were reassured by Dr. Craig Shannon's whole hearted kindness, his sincere concern, and by his ability to share a smile. I will always remember the great example of his kindness and compassion.
Posted by Michelle Martins on November 17, 2021
Dr. Shannon was my mother’s neurosurgeon. It was a complicated medical and social case. Dr. Shannon showed incredible compassion and dedication.  When mom couldn’t make it to his office for follow up care, he and his father came to her nursing home for that important visit. Who does that today?This earthly world has lost a true and heroic spirit and we are lesser for it. For his family and loved ones, I believe that they have gained an angel to watch over them. May your memories sustain you though difficult times.  With sincerest sympathies,
Lola Dougherty’s family. Michelle and Vic
his Life
Dr. Craig Shannon, age 42, passed away at his home on October 29, 2021. He was born on June 5, 1979 in New York, NY and grew up in Zanesville, OH.

Dr. Shannon is survived by his wife, Candace; his beloved rescue pit bull, Madison and his chihuahua, Spike as well as his parents, Dr. Michael and Linda Shannon; his twin sister Katie Bestic and her husband, Joseph; his younger sister, Kristen Walsh and her husband, Christopher; his nephews and nieces, Olivia, Owen, Elliott, Tatum, Bridget, and George;

Dr. Shannon attended college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following in his father’s footsteps, he earned his medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine in 2007. Dr. Shannon began his Neurosurgical training in 2007 at Westchester Medical Center/New York Medical College. During his training he was the Chief Resident at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Manhattan, completed an enfolded spine fellowship and also completed a Chief Resident year at Westchester Medical Center. He graduated from his residency program in 2016 and joined Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York as an attending.

He established his practice in Poughkeepsie, NY providing neurosurgical care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Shannon built a practice he was proud of and devoted to. He put effort into developing strong relationships with and was well respected by his colleagues. He had the opportunity to work alongside his father, offering a special father-son dynamic team to their patients and community.

Dr. Shannon had a tremendous amount of love and compassion for his patients that was met with adoration and gratitude in return. Due to his personal battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he understood the patient’s perspective well and it helped to foster his empathetic relationships and unmatched bedside manner. His perseverance was inspirational to all that were lucky enough to know and love him.  

Dr. Shannon had a great love of sports. Growing up he was an all star basketball player. He enjoyed playing tennis and perfecting his golf swing. He was a member of the Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley where he spent time on the green with his colleagues.  He was a big fan of both college and professional football but especially the cincinnati bengals.

“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that cannot be erased.”
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Shared by Mrs. Shannon on November 3, 2021
We lost a good one, fellas. He wasn't in PDG or on Facebook, but Dr. Craig Shannon was an incredible neurosurgeon. Another one taken from us too soon by cancer. When my wife was diagnosed with a large metastatic tumor on her vertebrae on a Friday night back in 2019, it was the darkest hour of our lives. A nurse had called her on the phone to tell her she had a tumor and direct her to go to the ED immediately (she nearly crashed her car when she received that call). The covering oncologist couldn't be bothered to spend more than a minute with us in the ED. We barely slept the entire night, worrying about her prognosis and terrified about potential outcomes. The next morning, in walks this towering neurosurgeon who didn't look a day over 35. I had already dreaded how the conversation might go, my bias against surgeons clearly entering the fold. Instead, this man was a ray of light in a time of sheer darkness. Through his hopeful eyes, optimistic smile, and warm demeanor, he pulled us out of our hope and despair. He eventually removed the tumor during the course of a 6-hour complex procedure, the specifics of which still amaze me to this day. I vividly remember him coming to speak with me after surgery and I could tell how genuinely happy he was that the procedure went so well. He continued to see her for periodic follow-up over the past 2 years, each time providing us with a level of caring, compassion, and empathy which we should all strive to achieve. We are so saddened by his passing. I wanted to post this not only in memory of him but to also tell you guys to remember why we are here. Patients often turn to us in their darkest hour. Remember to be present, be compassionate, be empathetic. At the end of the day, it will often be those things that leave the biggest and most lasting impact on patients and their families. Rest easy, Dr. Shannon. Thanks for being an angel when we needed one the most. (Copied from Facebook group)

Dear Craig

Shared by Susan Flynn on November 3, 2021
Dearest Craig, I just really wanted to become a better friend mother in law. The times we had together were so fun. I appreciate and Thank you for your great loving ways. I will always remember the drive in New York we shared a nice time. You swerved to miss the deer. I’m so sorry for Craig’s wife and family.