Up­per Is­land Cove’s John Crane 2017 Shriner of the Year

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A for­mer pro­vin­cial politi­cian from Up­per Is­land Cove re­cently re­ceived an il­lus­tri­ous hon­our from the Ma­zol Shriners of New­found­land and Labrador.

No­ble John Crane, a mem­ber of the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Shrine Club since 1991, was named the fra­ter­nal or­ga­ni­za­tion’s 2017 Shriner of the Year for the prov­ince. Il­lus­tri­ous Sir Her­man Wal­ters, a past po­ten­tate for the Ma­zol Shriners, at­tended a spe­cial din­ner for Crane held March 10 at the Ma­sonic Lodge build­ing in Carbonear to present him with the award.

Crane would per­haps be most fa­mil­iar to the pub­lic as a for­mer MHA for the elec­toral district of Har­bour Grace from 1989 to 1995. Crane is also a for­mer town coun­cil­lor for Up­per Is­land Cove.

As a Shriner, he has ded­i­cated him­self to plenty of cam­paigns geared to­wards the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s sup­port of chil­dren’s health. Crane has called bingo games, sold tick­ets and vol­un­teered for auc­tions, and he’s also a for­mer club pres­i­dent.

Crane was made a life mem­ber of the lo­cal club in 2016 and still reg­u­larly at­tends meet­ings and as­sists with fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the age of 82.

Mar­ried for 60 years to his wife Leah, Crane has six chil­dren. He’s ac­tive in his church and is also a mem­ber of the Loyal Or­ange Lodge and the Ma­sonic Lodge group in Har­bour Grace. No­ble John Crane, cen­tre, was rec­og­nized as the Ma­zol Shriners of New­found­land and Labrador 2017 Shriner of the Year at a spe­cial din­ner in Carbonear. Pre­sent­ing the award to Crane is Il­lus­tri­ous Sir Her­man Wal­ters, Past Po­ten­tate, and stand­ing on the op­po­site side of Crane is Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Shrine Club pres­i­dent No­ble Laurence Pike.

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