Former Evanston 6th Ward alderman Craig J. Cain has died at the age of 91.

Cain, who served on the Evanston City Council from 1965 to 1973, was born in Mankato, Minn., and raised on Chicago’s north side.

He went to Hanover, N.H., to attend Dartmouth College in 1941 and graduated from the school’s Thayer School of Engineering.

After 43 years in Evanston, he and his wife, the former Jocelyn Enid Mason. moved back to Hanover in 1993 to live at Kendal at Hanover, a continuing care retirement community, where he died on Aug, 29.

Cain served for three years in the U. S. Naval Reserve during World War II including service as an officer with the Seabees in the Philippines and North China.

Cain was a member and chairman of the Northminster Presbyterian Church Board of Deacons, elder and superintendent of a 1,400-pupil Sunday School and chairman of the church’s Boy Scout Committee. 

He was president and CEO of a concrete pipe manufacturing company until he sold it in 1972 and was treasurer of the American Concrete Pipe Association and on its Long Range Planning Committee.

He was also owner, president and CEO of Chicago Fly Ash Company for 45 years before selling that interest. That company and its successors sought to find and develop uses and markets for coal combustion by-products coming from large steam electric generating stations that would otherwise end up in landfills.

After returning to Hanover, he was secretary of the Dartmouth Class of 1945 and treasurer of the 55th and 60th class reunions.

Jocelyn and Craig Cain had five children, all married, and ten grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Jocelyn, his children — Constance Hungerford of Swarthmore, Pa., Christopher Bentley Cain of Walnut Creek, Calif., Barbara Hegarty of Cary, N.C., Jennifer Cihak of Marquette, Mich., and Carolyn Eng of Springfield, Va. — and six granddaughters and four grandsons.

A family service will be held in Illinois at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Rand-Wilson Funeral Home of Hanover, N.H.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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