ROCKLAND — Captain Craig J. Kalloch passed peacefully and sailed on to his next voyage March 1, 2022, after a short illness at the age of 73 at his home in Mobile, Ala., with his wife Lisa at his side. His final days were spent surrounded by family sharing many, many stories.

He was born in Rockland Sept. 12, 1948, to Carl and Frances Kalloch. Craig’s great love growing up was baseball. He spent hours perfecting his knuckle ball under the guidance of his father. All this hard work paid off as he was the winning pitcher for the 1964 Babe Ruth state championship playing for the Linnox (Knox and Lincoln Counties) team. He continued sharing his talent in high school and college.

Craig graduated from Rockland District High School in 1966 and went on to attend Maine Maritime Academy. After his 1970 graduation, he joined the Merchant Marines. In 1976, at the age of 28, he became the youngest captain on ocean-going ships in the United States at that time. One of his ships, The Golden Monarch, a 900 foot oil tanker, was the largest ever to dock in Boston Harbor. His enthusiasm, dedication and leadership throughout his career allowed him to successfully navigate some of the most challenging ports around the world.

Upon retirement after 25 years of service, Craig and his wife Lisa founded the Middle Earth Healing and Learning Center dedicated to the practice of Deep Ecology. They were deeply grounded in the belief that the health and well being of each individual is interconnected with their living and working environment, as well as to the health and sustainability of the planet herself.

Craig is survived by his wife, Lisa; three children, Sean Kalloch and his wife Jessica from San Diego, Calif., Carolyn Lane Harris and her husband Robert of Mobile, Ala., and Luke Kalloch of Brunswick; three step children, Faith Turner Tharp and her husband David of Mobile, Ala., Holly Turner Taylor of Mobile, Ala., and Perry Boyd Turner and his wife Janet of Birmingham, Ala.; three sisters, Jan Staples and her husband Stephen of Camden, Gail Robishaw and her husband Donald of Rockland and Cindi Hamlin and her husband David of South Thomaston; step grandchildren Trenton, Emma, Trey, Victoria, Sarah, Abigail, Molly; several nieces; nephews; great-nieces; and great nephews.

Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Frances Kalloch, and a sister, Julie Raye of Rockland.

A Celebration of Life will take place in the spring in Rockland.