ALLEN BROOKS CRANE - ST. ALBANS - Allen Brooks Crane, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Aug. 3, 2013. He was born on Jan. 20, 1947, one of nine children, to Dorothy Maude Varney and Orin Crane, in New London, Conn. He spent his younger years on Walt and Lucy Hislop's farm in Cambridge and went to school in Jeffersonville. He continued to work on the Hislop Farm and on the Packard Farm through college and graduated from UVM with a degree in Plant and Soil Science. In 1973, he went to work for Claussen's Greenhouse in Colchester and continued to work there for the next 40 years. A lifelong gardener, he shared his passion for plants, gardening and the outdoors with his sons, passing along fishing advice and gardening tips. After racing motorcycles when younger, he also shared this passion with his sons, thrashing through trails and quarries on dirt bikes. His incredible love for his sons and grandchildren showed in his smile and glow whenever he spent time with them. He inspired his sons to do fantastic things, including exploring the world and becoming wonderful husbands and fathers, as he was. He is survived by his wife, Janice Crane; son, Brian Crane and wife, Heidi, and grandchildren, Eloise and Maxwell; and son, Brooks Crane and wife, Michelle, and grandchild, Preston. A celebration of Allen's life will take place at Claussen's Greenhouse (Colchester) on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, from 2 to 5 p.m. Please visit www.healdfuneralhome.com
to leave a memory or a message for the Crane family. In lieu of flowers or gifts, his family is requesting donations to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478; or Vermont Food Bank, 33 Parker Road, Wilson Industrial Park, Barre, VT 05641.