Cranston Dunlop Raymond Jr.

May 21, 1916June 20, 2013

Cranston Dunlop Raymond, Jr. died on June 20, 2013 just one month following the celebration with his beloved family of his 97th birthday. He was born on May 21, 1916 in Albany, New York to C.D. and Anne Raymond and was joined by his brother Donald, born in 1917. After his family moved to Seattle, Cran graduated from Queen Anne High School in 1936. He attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1940, and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Cran was raised in an environment that encouraged his love of books and published works as his father travelled as a salesman, first for magazines and subsequently for a book publisher. The subsequent expansion of the family business grew to include sales of prints and rare books with travel in Europe and across the United States.

Cran started his own book sales career working in the Seattle Frederick & Nelson’s book shop. Subsequent work as manager of The Bookworm, a small shop selling used books to students and faculty near the University of Washington further enhanced his appreciation and passion for great literature and learning. He moved on to work for book publishers as a ‘college travelers’ sales agent, travelling to call on the faculties of colleges. He met his wife, Fernande, while on his first summer vacation in Europe in Baden Baden in 1963, where she was on vacation from her home in Saint- Raphael, France. Subsequent summer visits with Fernande and her family led to a special, beautiful relationship and after 12 years of courtship, Cran and Fernande married in 1975. Cran joined his father in the family business in sale of art and rare books, which he and Fernande managed for many years.

Cran’s love of knowledge, information and appreciation of new ideas he retained until his death. He saw no limitations in his ability to pursue areas of interest – learning Pilates in his late ‘80’s, acquiring the latest technological tools that allowed him to pursue research online when visual capability was declining, listening for hours to many Great Courses tapes on historical, scientific, and literary topics, or acquiring newly developed ‘gadgets’ that provided new opportunities. His memory and interests were endless – his articulate communication of his learnings enraptured friends and family. He was able to recall in explicit detail historical events and retained his interest in history, art, literature continuously. This passion was an inspiration to his family and all who came in contact with him.

Cran felt deeply that generosity, kindness, compassion were key elements needed for our world to achieve peace and extend love and healing. His family learned from him on a regular basis. He generously donated to many non-profits and other organizations worldwide in which he believed. Cran’s family deeply appreciates the staff of The Kenney Retirement and Assisted Living Facility - an amazing and caring group who supported Cran’s independence and tenacity, and provided an environment for him to continue to pursue his interests, and develop new friendships.

Cran’s dear wife Fernande died in 2010. Cran is survived by his three nieces, Lauriann Reynolds, Sally Marts, and Joan Raymond, and their families - Norton Reynolds, Stephanie Hutchinson, Erik Johnson, Karl, Susie & Ally Johnson; Sage Marts, Tom & Olive Fitzpatrick , Alan Marts; Chris Boucher, Derek & Kristi & Layla Boucher, and Maia Boucher.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Cran's memory to:

Seattle Children’s Foundation: Mail Stop S-200 PO Box 50020 Seattle, WA 98145-5020 Phone: (206) 987-2000 or (206) 987-3101 C/O Thomas Hansen, MD, Chief Executive Officer email:

A Celebration of Cran’s life will be held in late July. You may leave a message for the family at in the online guestbook portion of this webpage.

Thank you Cran – for all you have given to your family, friends and community. Bless you – Over and Out.


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Karen Nigrelle

July 3, 2013

I was saddened to hear of Cran's passing. I knew him for about 20 years when I had my shop called Capriccio Flowers. I bought botanical prints from him over the years and his visits to the shop were always a highlight of our week or month! He was always interested in what we were doing and appreciated our work and our esthetic. He was a gentleman, gentle and kind and almost childlike in his outlook. I finally met his dear Fernande after several years of knowing him. They were a match made in heaven and their mutual respect and fondness were examples for us all. I'm sure he'll be missed but he gave so much to all he met that it would be hard to be too sad since it was a joy to have known him! Karen Nigrelle former owner of Capriccio flowers

Diane Forsell Mooney

July 2, 2013

Cran and Fernande were my wonderful neighbors next door when I was young. I was 11 when I went to their wedding, and what an impression that made on me! Fernande was magical and French, and Cran was so sophisticated and classy! One of my best memories of Cran was his weekly stop for bread and Engligh muffins. He would take our order and then present us with his detailed *bill*. My mom always suspected he undercharged us. Great neighbors! Sad to hear of his passing.

Pastor Amy Delaney

July 1, 2013

All of us at Edmonds Presbyterian Church are saddened to hear of Cranston's death. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
with love from our church family,

Bill Mazzoni

June 30, 2013

I was saddened to learn of our dear, gentle neighbor and friend's passing. In the relatively few years that my wife and I knew him, we found Cran to be a most gracious and caring man, a gentleman, to be sure. I will remember him mostly for the breadth of his knowledge about so many topics, his love of a good conversation, and of course his kind-hearted manner. May he rest in peace.