In Memory of Craig Hawksley


On April 23, a celebration of life was held for a former Missouri Meetings & Events Expo speaker. Craig Hawksley, professional comedian, speaker, and actor, passed away on December 30, 2021, at age 69. His family held a cocktail hour, program, and reception at the St. Mary’s High School Cafeteria in St. Louis.

Craig started his speaking business after years of working as a stand-up comedian, comedy writer, and actor. His clients included the Bob Costas Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House, MasterCard International, United Van Lines, Amoco, Cadillac, Dr. Pepper, Boy Scouts of America, Fraternal Order of Police, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and many more.

Over the years, Craig made a genuine effort to create a lasting impact on everyone he came across. Whether through a laugh, entertainment, and/or professional detail, he made sure everyone departed more energized and inspired. Craig Hawksley will be missed.


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