Obituary: Harry F. Crane Jr., 93, Darien resident, beer salesman

Harry F. Crane Jr., who long suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease, and worked for decades as a beer salesman in New York City, died at the Long Ridge Nursing Home in Stamford on Sunday, Jan. 15. He was 93.

Mr. Crane was born on Jan. 8, 1919. In World War II Mr. Crane served as a tail gunner in the Army Air Corps and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. His squadron successfully flew 30 missions, including the first nighttime raid on Berlin.

Following the war, Mr. Crane worked in the boroughs of New York City as a beer salesman for over 40 years with Rheingold and later with Anheuser Busch.

Mr. Crane was known for his unfailing good cheer, grace and self-effacing wit, his family said.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Rose, who died in 2002. They were an elegant couple that enjoyed dancing and listening to the music of Frank Sinatra, their family said.

Mr. Crane is survived by his son, Michael, daughter-in-law, Alycia, and grandsons, Matthew, Austin and Andrew.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John R.C. Church, Darien on Thursday, Jan. 19. A private family burial will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien.

Memorial donations may be made to RE Children’s Project, an organization devoted to searching for a cure for Rasmussen’s Encephalitis via RE Children’s Project, Inc., 79 Christie Hill Road, Darien, CT 06820 or visit rechildrens.org.