Sydney Mines/Mar­ga­ree Forks

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CRANE, John Bernard

Just four days be­fore his 93rd birth­day on Nov. 23, 2015, our won­der­ful hus­band, fa­ther, grand­fa­ther and great­grand­fa­ther died at his home in Mar­ga­ree Forks.

Born in Sydney Mines on Nov. 27, 1922, Bernie was the son of the late James and Ly­dia (Brown) Crane.

A man of deep faith, he was a mem­ber of St. Pa­trick’s Parish, Mar­ga­ree, where he served as ex­tra­or­di­nary min­is­ter, and was a mem­ber of the parish choir. He was a for­mer mem­ber of Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Parish, Sydney Mines.

Bernie owned and op­er­ated a fam­ily gro­cery busi­ness on Con­vent Street, Sydney Mines for more than 40 years. He was well-loved and ap­pre­ci­ated by all his cus­tomers. In the late seven­ties he closed his busi­ness and was one of the peo­ple in­stru­men­tal in set­ting up the North­side Vis­it­ing Home­mak­ers, where he worked as di­rec­tor for sev­eral years un­til his re­tire­ment in 1987. He was in­volved in Mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics in Sydney Mines be­gin­ning in 1970. He was a coun­cil­lor for Ward 3, and served as Deputy Mayor. He also served on the North­side Vic­to­ria School Board for many years.

Our fa­ther was the ul­ti­mate sports­man. Salmon fish­ing on the Mar­ga­ree and hunt­ing were his favourite pas­times, and many the Wed­nes­day af­ter­noons, when the store was closed, was spent pur­su­ing th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties with his sons and fish­ing bud­dies. In his youth, Bernie played base­ball for many sea­sons with the Sydney Mines Ram­blers — one of only a few lo­cals to play with the “im­ports.” He was also an avid hockey player. Upon mov­ing to Mar­ga­ree to “re­tire,” Bernie was chair­man of the Mar­ga­ree Co­op­er­a­tive Board for sev­eral years, dur­ing which time a ma­jor ex­pan­sion of the store took place. He was also a mem­ber of the MADA work­ing to­ward build­ing a bet­ter Mar­ga­ree.

Bernie is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 69 years, Jeanette Butts; his two daugh­ters, Jeanne (Bob) Fran­cis and Mary Alice (Scott) Den­ton; his six sons, Bernie (Lau­rolea), David, Basil (Brenda), Bill, Paul and Fred. Also sur­viv­ing are 17 grand­chil­dren and 10 great-grand­chil­dren; sis­ter, Is­abel MacNeil; and his sis­ter-in-law, Kath­leen Stub­bert.

Be­sides his par­ents, Bernie was pre­de­ceased by broth­ers, Jim (El­iz­a­beth), Fred (Agatha) and Arthur (Mary).

Visi­ta­tion will be held Tues­day, Dec. 1, from 2-4 p.m. in St. Pa­trick’s Hall, Mar­ga­ree. Mass of Chris­tian burial will take place at 11 a.m. in St. Pa­trick’s Church with Rev. Bar­rett Clare-John­son of­fi­ci­at­ing. The burial will be in the parish ceme­tery.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of J.M. Jobes Fu­neral Home, Sydney Mines.

Do­na­tions in Bernie’s mem­ory may be made to the Pal­lia­tive Care So­ci­ety, Cheti­camp.

Ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy may be for­warded to the fam­ily at www.jmjobesfu­ner­al­

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