The Crane family is quite large, my grandfather having 8 siblings!

However, although some of them lived quite close to where we did in Hampstead road, we never saw much of each other except for a couple of Aunt's and uncles.

Mum - Marion Crane - passed away on Friday 28th June 2013, a day after her 80th birthday.



She had been suffering with Lewy Bodies dementia and mild Parkinsons for a few years now and being cared for at home by Dad. In January, she fell and broke her hip. She was admitted to Princess of Wales hospital in Bridgend. The operation was a success but it left her very frail.

Dad has been travelling from home to the hospital every day - twice at weekends - making in excess of 220 return journeys. That's nearly 3,100 miles!


In February & March, Dad & I were visiting nursing homes as she could no longer be looked after at home by Dad alone. However, the move from hospital to a suitable home kept being delayed as Mum improved then declined during her stay in the hospital.

She was finally due to be moved on Wednesday 19th June but developed Pneumonia on Monday 17th so that was shelved. She became very weak and the doctors suggested she may not survive the night!

Peter & Brian both drove to the hospital and spent the night with her. Thankfully, she pulled through and brightened up a lot!


Sadly, a week later, she deteriorated again but tragically, this time, she didn't recover.



























The funeral was held on

2:45PM on Tuesday 9th July 2013

Coychurch Crematorium, Coychurch, Bridgend CF35 6AB.

£324 was raised in donations in lieu of Flowers to the Alzheimers Society (

Thank You all.


The service was a short religious one.

The entrance music was 'Amazing Grace' by the Band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and everybody left the chapel to 'Green, Green Grass of home', by Tom Jones. The start of each peice brought lumps to everyones throats.

The Hyms were 'Rock of Ages' and 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'.

The order of service can be viewed or downloaded here.



Afterwards, there was a celebration of her life at

The Rose & Crown, Nottage, CF36 3ST


In addition to flowers sent by the immediate family, flowers were received from:

Steven, Belinda & Jordan; John Bass; Lil Bass & Family; Betty & Bet; Interpublic.


Thank you for the lovely cards sent to Dad:

Mary Morton; Peter, Karen, William & Joseph; Francine, James & Ryan; Steve, Belinda & Jordan; Yvonne & Brian Crane; Eric & Kate Comley; Lily Bass & Family; Tanya Bowen; Betty Martin & Mum; Shân & Tom Walsh; Friendship Club Members; Marilyn (no 42); Tracey & Charlie; John (Bass); Tom, Carol Millard & Family; Betty & Frank Blagden; Dorothy & Roy Edmonds; Jo & Mal Brookes; Rosemary & Keith ; Pauline, David Thomas & Family; Jean & George Holliday; Mary Marsden; Dorothy Thomas; Sheila Whatley; Billy & Diane Lowe; Pam Morgan; Pete Downes; Bob Edwards & Family; Elaine & David Francis; June Howells & Madge Thomas; Brenda & George Saxon; Linda & Colin Brewster; Cynthia & Norman Green; Ruth & Ralph Mitchell; Nessa & Pam Morgan; Allan & Stephen; Pat Edwards; Margaret & Larry Harberman; Jan & Colin Thomas; Hywel & Susan Jenkins; Ron Simonds; Eluned Williams;



Spelt in flowers


In 1955, on the 18th June, Mum & Dad (or Marion & Jimmy to others) got married in Glasgow.


To celebrate the 50th anniversary,