CARBONEAR, NL — A former provincial politician from Upper Island Cove recently received an illustrious honour from the Mazol Shriners of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Noble John Crane, a member of the Trinity Conception Shrine Club since 1991, was named the fraternal organization’s 2017 Shriner of the Year for the province. Illustrious Sir Herman Walters, a past potentate for the Mazol Shriners, attended a special dinner for Crane held March 10 at the Masonic Lodge building in Carbonear to present him with the award.
Crane would perhaps be most familiar to the public as a former MHA for the electoral district of Harbour Grace from 1989 to 1995. Crane is also a former town councillor for Upper Island Cove.
As a Shriner, he has dedicated himself to plenty of campaigns geared towards the organization’s support of children’s health. Crane has called bingo games, sold tickets and volunteered for auctions, and he’s also a former club president.
Crane was made a life member of the local club in 2016 and still regularly attends meetings and assists with fundraising activities at the age of 82.
Married for 60 years to his wife Leah, Crane has six children. He’s active in his church and is also a member of the Loyal Orange Lodge and the Masonic Lodge group in Harbour Grace.