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R.J. Fahy Funeral Home

116 N Broad Street, Norwich, NY

OBITUARY

Harry E. Crane

December 22, 1956December 22, 2019

Harry E. Crane, 63, of Smyrna passed away Sunday evening, December 22, 2019 at his home in Smyrna. Harry was born in Sussex, NJ on December 22, 1956 the son of William and Henrietta (Thornton) Crane, He attended and graduated from the Newton High School in 1975. His early years were spent in New Jersey and following high school served his country in the United States Marines. He eventually moved to the Harpursville area where he helped his dad operate Babe’s Hot Dog Stand and following his marriage he moved to the Plymouth area where he remained until 1993 when he moved to Smyrna. He and his family have made their home on the Flat Iron since 2009. Throughout his working career Harry worked as a machinist. He had also driven bus for CWS, did contracting work and built log cabins with his father-in-law. While living in Plymouth he was a volunteer firefighter. On January 2, 1988 he married Laura Youngs who survives. Besides his wife Laura, Harry is survived by his children Jessica Crane and fiancé Christopher Dewey of Norwich, Tammie (Joe) Natoli of Sherburne and Scott Crane of Smyrna. Also surviving is his sister Ella Nelson of So. New Berlin, his brother William (Melanie) Crane of So. New Berlin and his grandchildren Claire, Violet and Elliana Natoli and Bryce Dewey. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Harry was predeceased by his parents William and Henrietta, his son Harry Crane Jr. and sister Cynthia Crane. At Harry’s request there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Interment will be in the South Side Cemetery of Plymouth. Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.

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Pat Rivenburg

January 5, 2020

I worked with Harry at Kenyon Press.
One day we were overseeing the conversion of one of the rolls of paper.
Harry said to me do you have a spare piece of paper ?.
We were surrounded by paper so it wasn't a problem giving him a spare piece of paper and when he got it he started folding this way and that.
When Harry was done he had made a paper Crane and when you pulled on its tail the wings would flap just like a real bird.
I gave that crane to my Nephew who loved it, so much so that it was worn out within a couple days.
When I think of Harry I'm reminded of that crane and the immense joy that it brought to a young child.
You will be missed for that simple act of kindness and so much more Harry.
Goodbye my friend, Rest in Peace.

Jonathan Laing

December 30, 2019

I will always remember as a kid Harry taking me on a ride at the Sussex County Fair on a Ferris Wheel that allowed the cage to spin and he kept it upside down the whole time. My condolences to the family.

Lovey Livingston sechrist

December 29, 2019

Many years of knowing him. I called him uncle harry. Funny jokes. Loving caring man. Will miss him dearly. RIP old man.

Matthew Crane

December 28, 2019

The man with 1,000,001 jokes... I will always remember hunting with you and dad as a kid, the many days you came and picked me up to help you around the house and the time you let me ride 1 of your motorcycles and we went for my first cruise! I will miss you! Photo of you @ My wedding 5/21/13.

Cynthia DuBois

December 27, 2019

I will never forget all the laughter and happiness he shared with me with the many many jokes he told! I always looked forward to hearing a different one anytime I seen him especially at our family functions. I will miss him dearly!