Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is saddened to share the passing of former shareholder and of counsel attorney Craig Neckers. Craig passed away on October 7, 2021 after a valiant battle against ALS. Craig was 71 years old.
“Learning of Craig’s diagnosis was devastating, and his death leaves a huge void in the lives of many here at the firm,” said Smith Haughey CEO, Matt Wikander. “Craig has been an essential member of our firm for decades, and was a dear friend, colleague and mentor to many of us.”
Craig earned his J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University. From there, he moved to Grand Rapids and served as an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Kent County Prosecutor’s office before joining Smith Haughey in 1983. Craig had a very successful career as a litigator in the firm and, in addition to his practice, served the firm in various leadership roles including firm CEO, managing partner of the Grand Rapids office, on the board of directors, and on numerous other committees.
Outside of the firm, Craig was very involved in both his professional and local communities; and, though Craig’s successful practice and leadership played a vital role in the firm, Craig will forever be remembered for his desire and intention of mentoring younger attorneys.
“We lost one of the greats,” said Smith Haughey shareholder, Kristen Guinn, who worked closely with Craig. “Not only was Craig a friend, mentor and advisor to so many of us, but he was such a good lawyer who had mastered his craft. We will miss him dearly.”
Craig’s family will honor his life with a visitation on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 4-6 pm, and funeral service on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 3 pm, each at Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids.