JOBIT: Crane, William Grace [MC1953 RIP] 2019-Jul-02


William Grace Crane
1932 – 2019

POUGHKEEEPSIE – William Grace Crane, Esq. , 87 of the Town of Poughkeepsie, passed away suddenly at his residence on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Born in Manhattan on March 25, 1932, he was the son of Thomas and Rosalind Illions Crane. He had a colorful youth working with his family business Charles M. Illions Carousel Works and other establishments in Coney Island, Brooklyn.

He was a graduate of Manhattan College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts with Honors and St. John’s University School of Law as Co-Valedictorian with Mario Cuomo. He proudly served his country with the US Army from 1953-1955.

Admitted to the New York State and Federal Bar in 1958, he practiced as a trial lawyer for 61 years in Albany, New York City, White Plains and Poughkeepsie. He was also employed by the the Unified NYS Court System for 35 years, retiring as the Chief Clerk of the Dutchess County Surrogates Court under the Honorable George Bernhardt. In addition, he successfully defended his client in the landmark United State Supreme Court Decision Brady v. Corbin 495 U.S. 508 (1990) reaffirming the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

On August 21, 1958 at St. Denis Church in Yonkers, NY, Bill married Catherine Ann Polsenski. His beloved wife predeceased him on December 29, 2012.

William is survived by his four children; William G. Crane, Jr. D.O. of Watertown, NY, Matthew D. Crane, M.P.A., M.F.A, C.P.A., Brooklyn NY, Genevieve M. Crane, Phoenix, AZ and Bridget C. Crane, M.P.A., Westminster, MA.; 12 grandchildren; 1 great grandson and his brother, Peter Sokolow and sister-in-law Salvatrice. He was predeceased by his son James F. Crane.

Visitation will be Tuesday, July 9 from 4-7 pm at Parmele, Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 am from St. Martin De Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Rd., Poughkeepsie. Entombment will follow in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to St. Martin De Porres Church.

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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from July 7 to July 9, 2019


Crane, William Grace [MC???? RIP]

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July 8, 2019
Hi Folks…..
We read with sadness the passing of Bill this week….. what a great guy! First meet Bill as a youth when my grandfather, Dad and uncle shared office space with the Rosen Law Firm back in the early sixties…My Grandpa Joe thought a lot of did Dad and Uncle Dick….. And of course…..who will ever forget summers spent at YMCA camp WAWA SEGOWEA….with Billy…we had a lot of fun! Oh, I hope this helps…..May God Keep You Bill….. with warm personal regard we are the McCabe’s of Poughkeepsie.

Dan and Jeff McCabe
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July 8, 2019
To the Crane family I am so sorry for you loss.
Marcia Haigh, Boston, MA
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July 7, 2019
Dr. Crane, Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. My condolences to you and your family’s loss
Norma, Erie, PA
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July 7, 2019
Bill was a person you could always count on to do the right thing and fight for you with his knowledge of the law. We have the utmost respect for him. I’m so sorry for your loss. Will miss him. Sincerely 
Pamela Falco, Sanford, FL
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July 7, 2019

Very sorry to learn that you have left us so suddenly and I trust that you left peacefully.

Thank you so much for your sincere friendship and helps. Will miss your wisdom and jokes. Your kindness and wits will always be remembered in our hearts.

May you R.I.P. and enjoy the heaven.

Ed & Ella
Hong Kong

Billy & Matthew, Please accept our condolence! Bill is a super guy!

Stay in touch.

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I believe that Bill is a member of that great Class of 1953.

He was a great lawyer and a good friend.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Sorry for the loss of your friend.]

Crane, William Grace [MC1953 RIP]

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