Harry J. “Buck” Crane, of Bensalem (formerly of Philadelphia), passed away on January 4th. He was 90 years old. Harry was a proud Veteran of the United States Navy. He served briefly at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and met his future wife during a sightseeing trip to Rockefeller Center in 1953. During their six-year courtship he left the Navy and joined the ILA in Philadelphia to work as a Longshoreman in his hometown. While working on the Philadelphia riverfront his weekends were spent traveling to New York to visit his Brooklyn sweetheart. In 1959 they married and began their life together in Northeast Philadelphia.
Harry was a Patriot. He was a 60-year member of American Legion Post 152. He served on the USS Hammerberg (DE-1015) where he learned that “A clean ship is a happy ship.” Later he became a member of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association.
Harry was an outdoorsman and member of the Watershed Sportsman Club. He enjoyed hunting small game with his beagle, “Fireball.” His passion was deep sea fishing in the Delaware Bay on weekends with his buddies. His favorite fishing outings included those spent with his daughter and Godson John, who has passed this love of fishing on to his children and grandchildren.
He enjoyed dancing the Cha Cha with his wife, traveling, dining out and entertaining his friends and family.
Harry loved his family above all else. He was devoted to his father, Harry, Sr. (Pop); his mother, Rose Anne (Nana); and his mother-in-law, Josephine (Grandma). He loved his sisters Nancy Rementer (Aunt EE), Rosemary Kingston (Aunt Sis), and his brother Thomas (Uncle Tom).
Harry will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 63 years, Salvatrice “Sally” (nee Vassallo), his daughter, Joanne Hicks (and favorite son in law Chuck), his sister-in-law, Marge Crane, and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Visitation on Friday, January 27th at St. Ephrem Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, Pa 19020 from 10:00-11:00 AM followed by his Mass at 11:00 AM. Inurnment will be private.