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R.I.P. Craig Van Tilbury

missjulie about almost 5 years ago


An amazing local musician, Craig Van Tilbury, 53, passed away in the early hours of August 13th. He was a super talented guitarist who played for many WMNF benefit concerts, most recently with Captain Obvious and the Duh Patrol. Craig also played with GreenFlash, Joey Dee and the Starlighters and he was an avid chess player and instructor.

Our thoughts are with Anne Waddey (Freight Train Annie ~ Skipper's Smokehouse) and their daughter Annabelle, Craig's Mom (Connie Van Tilbury), Sister (Julie Van Tilbury Orr) & Brother (Eric Van Tilbury) and all of family. He will be very sadly missed.

Services were held Monday, 8-16-10, at Florida Mortuary and attended by many friends & family ~ Too many to fit in the place!!. An obituary may be found on-line at Florida Mortuary

Rest In Peace, Craig

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Drummer/Do it Again Band

Farewell my friend and Thank you for the great time we had playing together.I will miss you . All the best to the Family. Massimo

deacon blues

i know u are in the prairies of heaven,playin with all the great artists of the world.down here u are severely miss by all.i personally will miss you greatly,thinking of all the fun times we had accomplishing the music of the steely dan band to u Annie and Annabelle.

guitar/do it again band

Thankyou for your time, jokes,friendship,and amazing guitar playing. i will never forget the great times playing music with you. best wishes to Annie and Annable

The best

An amazing talent and fine individual. Gone too soon. We will miss you, man.

Talented Teacher

Goodbye talented chess teacher, and good man. I delighted in how your eyes would light up when you spoke of your little girl. Wishing peace and many blessing for your wife and daughter.

songwriter,Bandleader,Blues Musician

Craig is already missed! He was working with me on my gigs rotating with Sarasota slim. He's The only guy around that could play "Folsom Prison Blues" I love Johnny Cash and requested it every time He worked with me. Another Bluesman Down Randy Bluesman

A great guitarist

A great guitarist that will be missed by all. Everyone that knew him spoke lovingly of Craig. Rest in peace.

Green Flash

Like an uncle to my son and a brother to me . tought me more about music than I could ever exsplain A gental giant that will be missed by me dearly And I hope tht I see you again.

Craig remembered in NY Times


Brilliant man, photographic memory, unique genious and endleslessly interesting. His legacy will on in his beloved daughter Annabelle, his lookalike baby, and she will be loves by all who knew him.


I have learned from him in death, what he tried to teach me many years ago in life, that I must pursue my passions and my gifts unrelentingly and share my joy and delight in those things, with everyone I meet. I will not forget. And in delighting in my passions, I will seek to remember that part of sharing and giving is taking care of myself.


I grew up with Craig in Arlington, VA and remember him playing in the Jazz Lab for Yorktown High School. He was a phenomenal guitar player and even the judges at the Tri-State Jazz Band competition wondered "Where did this guy come from?" I saw him playing Led Zeppelin’s Black Dog with his first band in a friend's basement in the early 70's. He had a great deal of influence on me in my decision to start a 20 year stint as guitar player/vocalist for Northern Virginia's rock band Everest. Even though he was a much more advanced guitar player than I, he always gave me words of encouragement and prodded me to keep performing. I only wish I had had the opportunity to thank him personally for his support. God bless his surviving family and my heart goes out to all of them. Rest in peace Craig, you will be greatly missed. Todd Bowie Niles, MI August 25, 2010

Chess and "2000 Man"

Craig, it was great playing tournament chess with you in those days in the mid 1970's in Northern VA. And yes, I still do have that album you could not believe existed when you saw it, "Their Satanic Majesties Request." I thought it was so great that you were playing in the chess Olympiads and meeting all the greats. God Bless you, you were so modest. I am so sad to find out you are no longer with us.


I was good friends with Craig from 5th grade on. He was witty as hell and had a great sense of humor. He was a hell of a guitarist. How did he die? -- Reverdy 703 536-2244