Gary F. Cramer, 67, of St. John, U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Gary F. Cramer, 67, of St. John, U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands, for­merly of Shan­daken, N.Y., passed away on July 10, 2018.

He was born on Jan. 15, 1951, in Ocean­side, N.Y., son of the late Frank Cramer and Ethel Se­abury Lathrop.

He di­vided his child­hood be­tween Roo­sevelt, N.Y., and the fam­ily cabin on Golf Course Road in Shan­daken. Gary re­ceived the de­grees of Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic from Houghton Col­lege in 1973 and Master of Mu­sic from Florida State Univer­sity in 1979.

A mu­sic lover from the cra­dle, he ded­i­cated his life and ca­reer to mu­sic per­for­mance and ed­u­ca­tion. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the Shan­daken The­atri­cal So­ci­ety, where he di­rected nu­mer­ous mu­si­cals. He be­gan his teach­ing ca­reer at Hunter-Tan­nersville High School in 1973, where he taught for nine years. In 1982, he ac­cepted a po­si­tion at the Amer­i­can School of The Hague in the Nether­lands, where he re­mained un­til re­tire­ment in 2015. He taught there in many roles, in­clud­ing band and choir di­rec­tor, and later founded a ground-break­ing mu­sic tech­nol­ogy pro­gram. He wrote and co-wrote sev­eral orig­i­nal mu­si­cals, and di­rected nu­mer­ous stu­dent mu­si­cal theater pro­duc­tions. He was most well­known for com­pos­ing the ASH school song, “Tell Me, Tell Me.” Af­ter re­tir­ing, Gary moved to St. John in the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands.

A de­voted Chris­tian, he brought his tal­ent wher­ever he hap­pened to wor­ship, play­ing the or­gan at the Phoeni­cia and Shan­daken United Methodist Churches, and in re­tire­ment at the Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cruz Bay on St. John.

Gary was a world trav­eler. Over his life, he vis­ited Nor­way, Den­mark, Ice­land, the United King­dom, Ger­many, Bel­gium, Lux­em­bourg, France, Italy, Switzer­land, Aus­tria, Poland, Is­rael, Sin­ga­pore, and Aus­tralia. He lived for decades in the Nether­lands, and spent his last years in the U.S. Vir­gin Is­lands, but when asked where home was, he would al­ways an­swer “the Catskills.”

Gary is sur­vived by his son, Caleb, of Alexan­dria, Va.; daugh­ter, Jessie of Charleston, S.C.; brother, Frank of Sel­don, N.Y.; sev­eral cousins; and his beloved minia­ture schnau­zer, Bil­lie.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Satur­day, Sept. 22, 2018, at E.B. Gorm­ley Fu­neral Home in Phoeni­cia. Burial will be held pri­vately .

The fam­ily sug­gests do­na­tions be made to Nazareth Lutheran Church of St. John in Gary’s name: Nazareth Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1359, Cruz Bay, St. John 00830, USVI.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.