John Crane IV
Port Clyde – John Joseph Crane, IV, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 28th, 2018. John was 56 years old, just shy of his 57th birthday. John was born on August 5th, 1961, to parents John J. Crane, III, and Arlene Cushman Crane, in Rockland, Maine. His passing is felt deeply within the Port Clyde & Waldoboro communities, and among the many who knew him. He was loved by so, so many family and friends.
John lived his whole life between the fishing village of Port Clyde and the family property in Waldoboro. In his early fishing career he fished for herring & shrimp with Freddie Stimpson on board the “F/V Diane & James” out of Port Clyde; he was also part of the rescue crew on the “Diane & James” the night the Diane & James loaded the sardine carrier with herring, and the sardine carrier “Delca” sank. He was a lobsterman, beginning when he was just 10 years old. He & his brother Troy could be seen in their outboard hauling lobster pots, and later on fishing together on “F/V Tracy Lynn”, the boat they purchased from their father, John III. John bought out Troy’s share of the boat & continued to fish the “Tracy Lynn” until he bought his grandfather’s boat, “F/V Moby Dick” in April 1991, the day John & Tami brought their newborn son home. John was also an urchin tender for his brother Troy when Troy was diving for urchins.
John fished “F/V Moby Dick” right up to the day of his passing. He was so proud of the makeover that he recently had done to the boat, allowing him to continue fishing the 1965 Jonesport lobster boat that had been his grandpa Shannon’s boat. John was a “Teddy Bear” with a fisherman’s drawl. He loved the many, many hugs that were all so often given to him. It meant the world to him when given a firm handshake and a pat on the back. He was shy to new people he met, but he quickly became a friend, and you were awarded his dry sense of humor, his contagious smile, or his spontaneous burst of serenading, whether yodeling, singing “Butterfly Kisses”, rock-n-roll, or a country song. John was an avid Red Sox Baseball fan. He loved camping on Duck Puddle Pond in Waldoboro, deer hunting with family & friends, coyote & rabbit hunting with his dogs.
John had a big heart & loved strongly. He knew in 1989 he found his one & only love, Tami, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. Their love was blessed with a son, John, whom he loved beyond words. He felt proud to teach his son how to be a lobster fisherman. As a family they shared many adventures together, whether camping, fishing, family gatherings, trips to Florida, or the long awaited family trip to Fenway Park to watch Papi’s last days.
John was pre-deceased by his Grandparents, Madelene & Frank Cirella, Grandfather Shannon Cushman, Sr., Great Grandparents Madoline & Willis Spear; Great Grandfather Hudson “Huddy” Eugley, Uncles Willis “Ritchie” Cushman, Shannon “Lee” Cushman, Jr., and Aunt Priscilla Cushman Patterson; Father-in-law, Bradley Bryant; and Step-father, Winslow Miller.
John is survived by his wife, Tami Bryant Crane, and son, John J. Crane, V, of Port Clyde; Father, John J. Crane, III, & Step-mother, Sylvia, of Port Clyde; Mother, Arlene Cushman Crane, & her companion, Ray Scarborough, of Martinsville & North Carolina; Brother, Troy H. Crane, and wife, Rebecca, of Port Clyde; Sister, Tracy Crane Chipman, and companion, Carl Chipman, of Thomaston; Grandmother, Eva Spear Cushman, 93, of Port Clyde; Uncle George Crane, of Florida; Great Aunt, Marion Griffin, 98, of Waldoboro; Mother-and Father-in-law, Verona & Robert Steinmeyer, of Washington; Brother-in-law, Forrest Bryant, and wife, Kristy, of Jefferson; Sister-in-law, Heather Bryant Kirkland, and husband, Shep, of Jefferson; nieces & nephews, Melissa Chong Hopkins, & husband, Shaun, Sr., of Martinsville; Jessica Crane, & companion, Dillon Reed, of Friendship; Troy A. Crane, & companion, Judy, of Bangor; C.J. Chipman, of Thomaston; Lucas & Sadie Bryant, and Gavin & Leah Kirkland, of Jefferson; many aunts, uncles, close cousins, extended family & many, many life time friends.
A time of visitation will be held on Saturday, August 4th from 5-8 p.m. at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. Funeral services for John will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Tenants Harbor Baptist Church, Walston Road, Tenants Harbor. Immediately following the service, burial for John will be held at the Ridge Cemetery, Tenants Harbor. A reception to Celebrate John’s life will follow at the Black Harpoon, 202 Drift Inn Rd., Port Clyde, for all family and friends.
The family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to The Pope Memorial Humane Society, 25 Buttermilk Lane, Thomaston, ME 04861, OR to the Fishermen’s Memorial Fund, for the benefit of John Crane, IV, C/O Rosemary Cushman, P.O. Box 217, Port Clyde, ME 04855.
Hall’s of Thomaston has care of the arrangements. To extend online condolences please visit www.HallFuneralHomes.com.