Steven Crane

July 11, 1926 - November 4, 2020
Steven Crane


Steven Jules Crane 94, of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Steven was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 11, 1926 the son of the late Jack and Esther Schriloff Cohen. He proudly served his county in the US Coast Guard in WWII aboard the Northwind cutter. After military duties he obtained his PHD and taught in the Nassau County school district. His greatest passion in life was his family and his students. His wife Suzanne Crane preceded him in death in 1996.

Surviving are his children Jonathan Crane and wife Laura; daughter Kim Crane and husband Jorgen Holmberg of Wilmington; sister Phyllis C. Cohen of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren Seth and Sean Crane; Tabatha Abbott and Jasmine Holmberg and a great-grandson Ronan Crane.

A graveside funeral service was held Saturday November 7, 2020 in a private family service at Oakdale Cemetery.

The family would like memorial donations be directed to the National Stem Cell Foundation 462 S. 4th Street Louisville, KY 40202.

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  • July 23, 2022
    Nancy Gregorio-Kiernan lit a candle:
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  • July 23, 2022
    Nancy Gregorio-Kiernan says:
    I’m so sorry to hear of Steve’s passing. I worked with him in NHP and he was such an amazing man. We kept in touch through holiday cards. The past couple years I havent heard from him and tried calling. He was always funny, kind, and caring. My condolences for your loss

  • November 09, 2020
    Toby Morris says:
    Steven was a most kind and gentle man who understood the needs of personalized education for all children and he was a parental knowledgeable parent advisor.

  • November 09, 2020
    Harry Pridgen says:
    John, so very sorry for your loss. May he RIP. Harry Pridgen

  • November 11, 2020
    cecil worsley lll says:
    kim and jonathan----I'm so sorry for your loss----its never easy---my sympathy to you and your family---cecil and JoAnna Worsley