CRANE, Alexander “Alex” Burton - Passed away peacefully surrounded by those who loved him on January 31, 2019 at the Erie Shores Health Care in Leamington. He was born and raised in Sudbury to his loving parents Burt and Nancy Crane. He attended Lockerby Composite High School and then attained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor before receiving his Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario. After graduation Alex moved to Essex County where he worked as an art teacher at Essex District High School. Alex was the dearly loved husband and best friend of Ann Connolly Crane (Keast). He was the loving father of Jason Ryan Crane (Jane) and Justin Alexander Crane (Magda). He was the proud and doting Poppa to Anaya Jewel Crane. He will be lovingly remembered by his brother-in-law John David Keast Jr. and sister-in-law Lesley Mitchell. He was a special uncle to Andrew and Jillian Keast (2017); Jeffrey, Becky and Tabitha Keast; and a caring great uncle to Aidan and Jared Rotundo, Roxanna Morris, Nicholaus Merner and Charlotte Keast. He is predeceased by his beloved parents and his dear brothers-in-law Michael Keast (Glenda) and Jim Keast. Alex was passionate about hockey and for many years he played with the Kingsville Kings, the Wheatley Oldtimers, and the South Point Senior Men’s Hockey. He will be missed by his circle of hockey buddies. Alex was particularly proud of The All Ontario Championship when he played for the Lockerby Composite Vikings. Summers spent on Trout Lake energized him and this was reflected when he was kayaking, canoeing, taking long swims, walking on the camp road or just relaxing in the sauna. Other interests included biking, roller blading, reading, writing poetry, dancing, listening to music, travelling, gardening and decorating the exterior of his home. Alex had a mystical and spiritual like lens with nature, marvelling at the smallest aspects of the Creator’s magnificent design. This insight served as the foundation of his artistic talents and personal creations of oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, sketches, caricatures and other art pieces. He experienced great peace when he immersed himself in the unparalleled beauty of the waters and shores of his beloved Nepahwin Lake, Trout Lake and Point Pelee National Park. Alex had a great affinity for people. He had a legion of friends. He did not judge others, always seeking to understand and relate to the positive. He made others feel special. Donations may be made in Alex’s memory to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared with the family at HREF="http://www.reidfuneralhome.ca">www.reidfuneralhome.ca
We have shared lots of great times at Trout Lake over the years. I am thankful that I was able to share them with Alex. We will miss him.