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CRANSTON, Todd William Franklin

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.

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  1. Thinking of all of you during this time of overwhelming sadness.

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  2. Shelley Andrews-Williamson ( nee Adams)

    Marla and family, I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Todd’s passing. I have so many fond memories growing up as Marla’s friend and classmate of Todd as a young boy. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, sending them from Sault Ste Marie ON from myself, my sons and husbands.

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  3. Heartbroken and feeling so sad over this tremendous loss of your son Todd. My memories are from his much younger years but after seeing Marla post that fed-ex video I felt like he never changed and kept that energized and happy spirit throughout his life. Linda, Mike and Marla I pray your days and months ahead are filled with so many wonderful and happy memories that the days and months pass with lots of smiles and warm thoughts to keep your spirits up. I’m thinking of you and your family and hope that one day our paths might cross again Love from Karen xxoo

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  4. Heather Gordon-Young

    A beautiful tribute to Todd. I have fond memories of him when we were kids in Prince George and shared lovely times as families. My heart goes out to you all. I know how much you will miss him. Sending love and prayers for you all in this difficult time. Xo Heather Gordon-Young, Lund, BC.

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  5. Sending Sincere Sympathy to Marla and the Cranston family. Wayne &Nancy Dickie

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  6. Mike, Linda and Marla – I was so very sorry to hear of Todd’s death. I remember fondly when he and Nicola worked with Mike and me at CHNS and all of the fun we used to have. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  7. Linda & Mike…please know our heart hurts for the sorrow you are going thru. Todd’s life was very short but it sounds as if he enjoyed it and will be missed by many friends and family. What more can we ask for when it comes our turn to leave this earth ? Your forever friends. Linda & Gary

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  8. Marla, Linda and Mike, I am so sorry for your loss of such a special man. I remember Todd mostly from our friendship when we would visit you all in Dartmouth. My love to you at this time of deep sorrow, and always. xo

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  9. Mike, Linda & family –

    We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Todd’s passing so early in life. No parent should have to endure the pain and absolute heartbreak of having their child leave this earth before you do.

    With deepest sadness and condolences, Richard & Jill Pratz

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  10. I’m so sorry Marla. Wishing you some comfort that he was loved and admired by many.
    Angie Bailey/Trask

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  11. Dear Mike, Linda and Marla,
    I am so very sorry for your sad loss. I remember Todd as a happy little guy, the same age as my son.
    I hope your happy memories of him will bring you comfort and peace.
    My words truly fall short in expressing my sincerest condolences,
    Duane

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  12. My sincere condolences to this funny guy at age 4 in Edmonton and a good sense of humour, who had those beautiful blue eyes and his funny smile and was always going to try at beat you at your game, as I found out when I babysat for him one afternoon. Our families were close during that era, and fun was the name of the game, including all kids. Todd with always be missed, but remember all the fun he gave to you, and the love he gave to his friends and family. Love to all.

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  13. Heartfelt condolences.
    I worked closely with Todd during his first years at the FedEx Calgary station. He had the biggest heart and we loved him for it. When he saw an unfair “fight” he would back the little guy.
    I remember 10+ years ago he was an ultra-efficient employee even though he spent extra time schmoozing his customers (especially the ladies). Coworkers and customers loved him and this is a huge blow to us all. As sad as this is he will always be in our hearts and memories.

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  14. Such beautiful memories … Todd was a special soul. Treating everyone he met with love and kindness. He was more like a little brother to me than a cousin. We’ll all miss him so much. Much love and deepest condolences to everyone … xo

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  15. So sorry to be reading of Todd’s passing. We worked together many years ago at the YMCA he was a great guy and always helpful to members was well liked by all total shock today may his wonderful soul rest in peace .

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  16. Crystal Spences

    To the family and friends we would like to express our sincere condolences. It was always a pleasure to talk with Todd. We are very sorry for your loss.

    Sackville Sports Stadium Fitness Center Staff

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  17. Linda, Mike and Marla…..Condolences to you following the loss of this young man, a young man whom you will miss forever and forever love. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult and trying time….Barb and Hugh Godfrey, Bedford.

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  18. Dear Mike, Linda and Marla, Miriam and I were saddened to read of the sudden passing of Todd in Calgary. I believe that I met Todd once while I was at MITV. He was intersted in getting into television at that time and had dropped by for a chat. I thought he was a fine young man. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    John and Miriam O Brien, Halifax

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  19. Cliff Williams

    Dear Linda and Mike ,
    Chris and myself were very saddened to read in today’s Herald of your boy’s passing recently. Todd certainly sounded
    like he had a full life and he enriched those nearest to him daily.
    We are sincerely thinking of you both at this time .
    Cliff & Chris Williams , Windsor, NS

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  20. Oh, Mike and Linda … can’t tell you how shocked I was to read of Todd’s passing. What beautiful memories he leaves to so many, especially to you both and to Marla. I’m sure I cannot even imagine the heartache you must be going through. Of course you will always miss him, but I hope and pray that those memories will see you through to sunnier days.

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  21. To the familyof Todd,

    I did not know your son too well, he delivered to a store I work for but he always made me smile. He was so friendly and kind every time he came in and I will miss very much seeing him.

    My thoughts and prayers go to you during this difficult time.

    I just wanted to let you know that he will be missed by myself and my fellow coworkers.

    Kim
    Banana Repubic Calgary

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  22. Dear Mike, Linda and Marla, I have just learned of Todd’s untimely passing. I am so sorry to hear of this and I send you sincere condolences and comforting vibes. I know nothing can remove all of the pain, but with time you do learn how to live again, in a different world, but you do learn. I wish for you all to lean on each other and others in your circle.
    Lisa Akizuki

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  23. Scott and Jill George

    We are so sorry for your loss Mike and Linda. Our hearts go out to you, our condolences. Thinking of you and your family.

    Scott and Jill George

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  24. Michael McDonald

    Dear Mike and Linda,

    I am so very sorry this has happened. I only heard about this tragic event two days ago, and all I have been able to do is think about Todd and watch his FedEx video, again and again. What a beautiful and mysterious man your son was, and what a truly great friend he was to me and many others.

    We loved Todd here in Nova Scotia. He was central to our inner group of friends and it is impossible to think about my teenage years without talking about Todd. There was a time when we spent almost every day together, going to the gym and swimming pool, to parties and dances, sleep overs, double dates, and all kinds of adventures, and sure, we got into some trouble too, as boys do. We were even on the same little league ball team in Dartmouth, with Mike as coach. Todd and his family were always very kind to me, which I remember fondly. He is, was, and always will be a Nova Scotian to me, and I believe he felt this way himself.

    Growing up, I thought we would always be friends in the same city and that our children would one day play together. We have all since been schooled by the realities of life, but I thought there would still at least be time enough to see Todd again, that one day we would all be in the same city, raising a glass and reminiscing.

    Let it not be lost that Todd was an unusual man who was worth knowing. In another era he would almost certainly have been a radio personality like his father or possibly an actor. He could break into an a capella song in front of perfect strangers, do a little shuffle or skit, he did not care a bit what anyone thought of it. Todd always said what he thought and he had no guile in him. He wasn’t afraid to ask out a girl he liked and he could make a new friend in any situation. These are qualities to admire. Todd had no quit in him.

    Dear friends, let this be a lesson for us. Stay in touch with each other. Keep chances open in your heart. Our oldest friends are the most dear.

    “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.”

    Mike and Linda, Todd loved you both so much. He always spoke about his family in loving terms, even when he was having a laugh at his sister’s antics. Marla: Todd tolerated no attempts by any of his friends to ask you out on a date, let me tell you! You meant the world to him.

    Please, if you ever need anything, do not hesitate to call on me.

    God bless you Todd. You were one of the best friends I ever had. I thank God that you had a son.

    Michael McDonald

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