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CRANE, James (Jim) Edward

September 1, 1940 – Medicine Hat, Alberta
August 13, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

James (Jim) Edward Crane of Calgary, AB, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the age of 77 years.

Jim was an elementary school teacher for thirty-three years and was accredited by the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto as a piano teacher. His hobbies included several bands and choirs, curling, golf, bridge, travel, as well as spending time with family and friends. He was a professional musician, a hole-in-one golfer and a curling eight ender.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Heather and Warren Belanger, and Jody and JP Thibault; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Kristine Crane; grandchildren, Daniel (Janet), Andrew, Matthew, Lissi (Omar), Brandon, Jensen, Tyler, Nicholas and Joel; his sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Mike Roydell; several nieces and nephews, as well as his friend Stan Ray. He was predeceased by his loving wife Norma Crane, his parents, Daisy and Harold Crane, and his grandchild Lauren Belanger.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank Care West Sarcee and Dr. Ginzer. If friends so desire, memorial contributions in memory of Jim may be made directly to Mount Royal University Foundation in Support of the Conservatory, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, Alberta T3E 6K6.

In living memory of James Crane, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Mr Crane was my grade 5 teacher, nearly 50 years ago at Collingwood. I was lucky enough to run into him over the years. He was my best, most caring teacher EVER.
    Thank you Mr. Crane, and god bless you

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  2. My condolences to my family members. Uncle Jim was my only remaining uncle and my kids’ great uncle. He will be very greatly missed. He was one of the most gentle people I knew and I’m so lucky to have shared so many wonderful memories with him over the years. Love you, Uncle Jim xx. May you Rest In Peace with those who have passed before you now.

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  3. R. Duane Hendricks :

    As conductor of the Rocky Mountain Concert Band I had the pleasure of working with Jim for several years. His musicianship, preparation, concentration and obvious love of music were always impressive. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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  4. To the Family of Jim Crane

    Please accept my sympathy at this time.. I knew and curled with both Jim and Norma in the Mixed Teachers’ league on Friday evenings and curled with Jim in the Silver Fox

    His attitude was always positive.

    Please know that he will be in my prayers and thoughts at this time

    Sincerely

    Tim buehner

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  5. MWO George Langley :

    Jim was a retired Sergeant of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment Band. Many of us have benefitted from his experience and expertise as a wonderful clarinetist over his many years as a member and volunteer member. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Jim, thank you, and may you rest in peace with God.

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  6. As a long time band mate with 2 bands, I always admired Jim’s musical abilities and his continual quest for excellence. I would always enjoy the discussions we would have. Rest in peace my friend.
    Give us a B flat Jim!

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  7. Geoff Wreford :

    I played clarinet beside Jim in the Foothills Concert Band for many, many years. It was always fun. We will miss him. Sincere condolences to Heather, Jody and Russ.

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  8. Cpl Debbie Hockett :

    On behalf of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Band, we would like to pass on our regrets to Jims Family, Musical/Military Family and Friends. He was a wonderful man who played with all his heart. Personally, I’m proud to have had the opportunity to sit next to him off and on for 24 years. You will be missed greatly!!
    See you in the counter march!

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  9. My sincere condolences to family and friends. I curled with Jim for several years in the Calgary Men’s Teacher’s Club, and our highlight was winning the Canmore Bonspiel. Jim’s wide range of talents and busy agenda was impressive. Rest in peace.

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  10. His educational, musical and sporting legacy will be remembered. I had the pleasure of working with Jim as a performer, conductor and clinician. He had an inquiring mind and a work ethic few could match. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  11. Ron Abernethy :

    So sorry to hear of Jims passing. Have Curled with Jim with old timers curling club for years. He was always great to curl against or with.
    My since condolences to his family.

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  12. Your Bridge Club partners are missing you, Jim
    Sincerely
    Barbara

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  13. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. I taught with him many years ago. He was such a kind and caring teacher and a wonderful staff member. Jim shared his gift of music by playing at my wedding. He touched the life’s of many and will be so missed

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  14. I was born in Medicine Hat September 15, 1940 and lived a stone’s throw from the Crane residence on the hill. I still remember Jimmy and I playing nearby the house, which had a pond and remember his kid sister Joyce. We celebrated a number of early birthdays together. Although I lived in Calgary for more than 30 years I regret that our paths never crossed there. God bless you Jimmy.

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