NIAGARA FALLS —
Douglas Edward Crane passed away, peacefully, on Nov. 28, 2012, with cherished family members and friends close by. He was 55.
Doug inspired friends, family, co-workers and his medical team with his humor and bravery throughout the duration of his illness, which began in 2004.
Doug leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Rose; daughter, Brittany Rose; his parents, Millie (Russ) and Glenn Crane; and siblings Debbie (Jeff) Schaub; David (Amy) Crane; Darrell (Marianne) Crane; and Diane (Dan) Lucas. He is also mourned by in-laws, Michael and Sharon Cardamone, Patrick Cardamone and Kay Lenrow, Joseph and Cathy Cardamone, Susan Young and Brad Young. Doug was a treasured uncle to 15 nieces and nephews, and beloved by countless friends and colleagues.
Doug was raised in Lewiston, NY and graduated from Lew-Port High School in 1976, having made lifelong friends through football and basketball. He attended Oswego State University where he played football and, more importantly, met his wife, Rose.
Following graduation, he began his career with Unisys in Cleveland, OH, and he also received his MBA. After moving to Langhorne, PA, Doug had a successful career in technical marketing with Lucent Technologies, and later operated his own franchise of Vanguard Cleaning Systems. It was during this time that he was diagnosed with a rare liver ailment.
Following two liver transplants by the talented medical team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Doug waged battle on each medical complication that came his way. He continued to play basketball with his long-time friends from Yardley and Langhorne. Doug was well-known to student athletes and parents for serving as a dedicated volunteer and director of the Langhorne Athletic Association for many years.
An avid reader and lover of music, Doug resumed playing the piano when he was no longer able to play basketball.
He and Rose extended extraordinary hospitality by welcoming friends and family into their Langhorne home and their vacation homes, where cherished memories were made.
Doug enjoyed many special times watching his daughter cheer for Villanova University basketball and football games.
In recent years, Doug and Rose supported the construction of the Clyde Barker Penn Transplant House. And, in the weeks just prior to his passing, he organized a donation drive for the Red Cross in support of the storm victims from Hurricane Sandy.
Doug will be most remembered for his devotion to his parents and family, his generous spirit, his unflagging optimism, and his unique sense of humor.
A celebration of Doug's life will be offered from 10 to 11:30 AM on Monday, Dec. 3, at the Newtown Presbyterian Church, Chancellor St. & Washington Ave., Newtown, PA. Services will be at 11:30, followed by interment. The family gratefully acknowledges memorial gifts in Doug's name to the Penn Transplant House, 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
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