Craig Arnold ‘Snooky’ Miner

Published 3:27 pm Friday, December 16, 2016

Craig Arnold “Snooky” Miner entered eternal life on Tuesday night, Dec. 13, 2016, at the age of 68, with his family by his side.

He was born on Nov. 27, 1948, to the late Ernest Miner and Kay Bourg in Plattsburgh, N.Y. After serving three years in the Merchant Marines, he spent most of his life living on the Northshore, with his wife of 35 years, Loretta Miner, and their children.

His spirit is carried on through his wife, seven children, 11 grandchildren, and the many friends he made throughout his journey. Snooky was a bail bondsman, mechanic, farmer, carpenter, an entrepreneur, a practical problem-solver, and a real straight shooter. To know him was to love him, as he was “one hell of a man.” He will best be remembered for his colorful use of swear words, being a father and teacher to many wayward souls, and his unending love for his wife.

He enjoyed rebuilding hotrods and motorcycles in his shop with his boys, thinking of things for other people to do, and cooking enough food to feed an army. Always an entertainer, he could often be found in the kitchen casually singing an old country song while he was busy chopping, stirring, or mixing something for suppertime. Anyone with a healthy appetite and a Southern palate was always welcome to his table to enjoy a hot meal and a hearty laugh.

He is survived by: his sons and daughters, Kirk Martineau, Snooky W. Miner, Loretta “Sissy” DeSpain, John Bell, Cole Miner, Amanda Miner and Matthew Bruza; his grandchildren, Emily Smith, Michael Miner, Nautica Miner, Nicholas Dupre, Opel Miner, Liam DeSpain, Penelope Miner, Hudson DeSpain, Harley Bruza Jr., Alana Bruza and Aubrey Bruza; and his many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his son, Harley Bruza; and his brother, Ki Landes.

Everyone is asked to please raise a glass in honor of Snooky’s last ride home. Friends and strangers (that he would have loved to feed) are welcome to visit Snooky’s family at Serenity Funeral Home, 20419 Highway 36, in Covington, on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1:30 p.m. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Willie-Lee Cemetery in Folsom. Please dress casually, as Snooky took fashion cues from and dressed up for no one and wore the same outfit every day. Arrangements are entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home in Covington.