The Cape Breton Highlanders
Joseph Arthur Crane

CBH Joseph Arthur Crane

Joseph Arthur Crane - 81

Joseph Arthur Crane, 81, a native of Sydney Mines, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at his home at 40 Christopher Crescent, Sydney. Born and educated in Sydney Mines, he was the son of the late James and Lydia (Brown) Crane. He leaves to mourn his devoted wife and companion, Mary (Cordeau) Crane, two loving daughters, Anne (Roby) Semerdjian, Vancouver, B.C., and Brenda (Greg) Bezer, Ajax, Ontario, grandchildren, Kathryn (Greg) Hurst, Courtice, Ontario and David Bezer, Ajax, Ontario; JoAnne, Gregory and Robert Semerdjian, Vancouver, B.C.; and great-granddaughter Gabrielle Emma Hurst, Courtice, Ontario. He is also survived by loving brothers, Frederick, Sydney Mines, Bernard, Margaree, and sister, Isabel (Crane) MacNeil, Sydney Mines; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, James.

A veteran of World War II, Arthur was a member of the Cape Breton Highlanders from 1939-1946. Corporal Crane was one of the first from the ranks commissioned as First Lieutenant on January 5, 1941. He served overseas in England, Africa and Italy, and on his return to Canada, served in Farnham, Quebec. After leaving the army in 1946, he became a social worker for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Montreal and Ottawa. He made his home in Montreal and later, in Chateauguay, Quebec. He retired in 1979 and took up residence in Sydney in 1991. He was a devout member of St. Joseph Parish, Sydney.

Arthur was noted for his hospitality and was most welcoming to all who came to his home. He loved music, played the piano and loved to listen to other musicians play, especially his wife Mary. He also enjoyed gardening and playing golf.