March 5, 1970 – Sudbury, Ontario
March 5, 2019– Calgary, Alberta
We are heartbroken to announce the passing of Todd Cranston on March 5, 2019 at age 49. Todd was a likable, hardworking and caring fellow. His sunny smile, warm heart and sense of humour were much appreciated by family, friends and his many FedEx co-workers and clients.
Todd’s life was a great Canadian adventure from the start. He grew up in Sudbury, Prince George, Edmonton, Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford, where he graduated in 1990 from C.P. Allen High School. As a youngster, he enjoyed war canoe paddling at the Banook Canoe Club, drawing superheroes and taking part in community theatre productions. Todd initially followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, working in radio at CHNS and CFDR in Halifax, and CKEC in New Glasgow.
But Todd found his true calling when he joined FedEx in May 1999, working as a courier in Dartmouth, the Annapolis Valley and Calgary. The company featured Todd in a promotional “I Am FedEx” video that captured his enthusiasm, spirit and commitment to work and fitness. An avid bodybuilder, Todd was a dedicated coach and mentor to others at GoodLife Fitness in Calgary, Dartmouth and Lower Sackville. He earned the first place middleweight trophy at the NSABBA East Coast Classic in 2013, among other medals and accolades.
“To say he had an impact on those around him is an understatement,” says his FedEx manager Joey Garland. “His easygoing nature made it a pleasure to be around him. He helped make the work environment enjoyable, sharing his personal stories and always listening to anyone who needed an ear. Todd and many of our team members became close friends; sharing in BBQ parties, hockey pub nights or giving advice about health exercise, or dealing with struggles that life throws at you … he has left a rather large hole in our station’s collective hearts and will be sorely missed.”
Todd will be sadly missed by his son Tyler Cranston, Kingston, ON; parents Mike and Linda Cranston, Dartmouth, NS; sister Marla Cranston (Alex Andrich), Purcell’s Cove, NS; and Chance, his beloved Valley bulldog. He will be remembered with love by many friends and relatives, including uncles Jack (Robin) Korpela and Dave (Katie) Hoffman; aunts Nancy and Diane Korpela; and cousins Sheri (Mark) McInnis, Gary Goegan, Arnold Korpela (Catharine Van Luttikhuisen), Andrew (Nadene) Korpela, Cathryn Hoffman (Glenn Crowe), Laura (Richard) Barrett, and Jennifer (Joe) Carlucci. He was predeceased by his aunt Sylvia Hoffman and grandparents Frank and Lila Korpela and Bill and Frances Cranston. We extend special thanks to his best friends Dave Keagan, Gilia Ciampanelli and Kirk Powell.
All are welcome to a Celebration of Life event for Todd, organized by his co-workers on Saturday, April 6 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Schanks South Sports Grill (9627 Macleod Trail South Calgary, AB). Family and friends will also gather in Halifax and Toronto to share memories about Todd (dates/details coming soon). If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Todd’s memory to Alberta Bulldog Rescue (www.albertabulldogrescue.com), Hope for Wildlife (www.hopeforwildlife.net), or Bide Awhile (www.bideawhile.org).
Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Todd Cranston, 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences