NEW YORK–Craig Shirk, Vice President of Contract Sales for Covington Fabrics & Design LLC passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on May 28 at his home in Tavares, Florida.
Under Shirk’s direction Covington successfully reestablished the company’s contract program which had been phased out in prior years, according to Greg Tarver, President & CEO of Covington.
“Craig will be sorely missed at Covington and in our industry,” Tarver says.
“He was one of the most well-liked and respected individuals that I’ve come across in my career and I am devastated by the news. We at Covington are simply heartbroken. We’ve lost a cherished colleague but more importantly, we’ve lost a friend who will be sorely missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts go out to Craig’s family and friends, especially his daughter Kristen and dear friend, Joy.”
In 1975, Craig developed a national multi-line sales and marketing business for fabrics and furniture, operating wholesale showrooms in Texas, Colorado, Arizona and Louisiana.
In 1987, he joined Fabricut as Vice President of Sales where he managed its Contract Sales Force.
He joined Jaden Fabrics in 1995 as President of its Contract Division, where he remained until joining Covington Fabric & Design in 2010 as Vice President of Contract Sales.
He was Born in Salina, Kansas, to the late Walter & Marjorie Shirk. He moved to Tavares, Florida, about 40 miles north of Orlando in 2014 from Evergreen, Colorado.
Craig is survived by his daughter, Kristin Spratt, Dallas, TX; brother, Robert Shirk, Austin, TX; and grandson, Liam Spratt. Arrangements have been made by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis, Florida.