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Daniel James Craine
  • August 25, 1952
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  • April 18, 2020

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DANIEL JAMES CRAINE, 67, OF FORT MYERS, FLORIDA, BELOVED HUSBAND, FATHER, GRANDFATHER, BROTHER, UNCLE AND FRIEND, PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY APRIL 18TH, 2020.

DAN WAS BORN AND RAISED IN CLEVELAND, OHIO AND WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS MILDRED AND JOHN WILMOT, JAMES CRAINE, AND BROTHER-IN-LAW SCOTT VALEREGA.

DAN WAS A LIFELONG LOYAL CLEVELAND SPORTS FAN, WHICH TELLS YOU HE ALSO HAD AN AMAZING SENSE OF HUMOR.  HE WAS ADVENTUROUS AND HAD A LOVE OF LIFE, HIS FAMILY, AND HIS FRIENDS THAT WAS INSPIRING TO ALL.

HE ENJOYED ANYTHING OUTDOORS SUCH AS SNORKELING AND BIKE RIDING WITH HIS WIFE.  HE LOVED TRAVELING, SUDOKU, DISCOVERING NEW BEERS, TIME WITH HIS FRIENDS AT FORT MYERS BREWERY, FACETIMING WITH HIS GRANDCHILDREN AND COOKING.  HIS PERFECT IMITATION OF WOODY WOODPECKER’S LAUGH WILL BE A MEMORY TOLD BY HIS GRANDCHILDREN FOR YEARS TO COME.

HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE OF 27 YEARS, GAIL ANN (SCHOLZ) CRAINE OF FORT MYERS, FL., HIS CHILDREN, MATT CRAINE (KATE) OF CLEVELAND, OH., NATE CRAINE (YUKAKO MATSUMOTO) OF HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA., SHAWNA DEVORE (PAUL) OF SAVANNAH, GA., GRANDCHILDREN, LYDIA AND VIOLET CRAINE OF CLEVELAND, OH., KYTO AND RYUKI CRAINE OF HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA., MICHAEL JONES (MARY HORAN), ALLISON FLANNERY, RYAN FLANNERY, SOPHIE DEVORE, ALL OF SAVANNAH, GA., DALTON AND DYLAN DEVORE OF CHESAPEAKE, VA., SISTERS,  DIANE CRAINE OF CLEVELAND, OH., MEGAN MILAN OF MARCO ISLAND, FL., SISTER-IN-LAW JUDY CUTRONE, BROTHER-IN-LAW KEN SCHOLZ (JOAN), NIECE AMY RENNER (TREVOR), NEPHEW NICHOLAS SCHOLZ (APRIL), SPECIAL FUR-BABY LIL’ KAY KITTY, LIFELONG BEST FRIEND ERIC BERGMANN OF SAN FRANCISCO, CA., SPECIAL FRIENDS AT LEGENDS COUNTRY CLUB, ALONG WITH SO MANY FRIENDS ACROSS THE WORLD.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.  THE FAMILY APPRECIATES ALL PICTURES AND STORIES.


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  1. 02 May 2020
    Nancy Wilson says:
    Dear Gail,
    So sorry for your loss. You don’t know me but I worked with Dan at Publix 1407, everyone here was shocked to here about Dan. He was such a great guy, we will surely miss him!
    Love from his Publix family!

  2. 29 Apr 2020
    Mary E. Canini posted an image:
    Same as previous ...at the brewery
    Same as previous ...at the brewery

  3. 29 Apr 2020
    Mary E. Canini posted an image:
    Fun night at the brewery...August 2015
    Fun night at the brewery...August 2015

  4. 29 Apr 2020
    Mary E. Canini posted an image:
    Bob and Dan ...Aug  2015
    Bob and Dan ...Aug 2015

  5. 26 Apr 2020
    Judy Jackman says:
    Dear Gail,
    I am so very sorry to hear that Dan has passed. Both of you have always welcomed me with open arms whenever you were in Cleveland.
    In reading others messages, I agree with them that Dan was always so easy to talk to. He was very sweet, and kind, and funny, just like you Gail. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Love, Judy Jackman

  6. 25 Apr 2020
    Jurkunas family says:
    We met Dan and Gail at Kyto's birthday. Our daughter Mia fell in love with Dan and didn’t let him go asking to play with her for hours. And he was kind enough to do so...
    He was such a great storyteller and had incredible sense of humor.
    We'll keep him alive in our memories. Our sympathy to his whole family. We are very sorry for your loss.

  7. 24 Apr 2020
    Janice Quallich says:
    Dear Gail and family,
    Thinking of you and wishing peace and comfort. Life was not suppose to be this way when we first met at 14 yrs old. I always wanted the best for my friends and it saddens me more than you know this is happening to you. Love you Gail.♥️

  8. 24 Apr 2020
    Joandia Fernandez says:
    I was shocked when I hear Dan was not longer with us, I am going to miss him so much . Knowing him for 14 years , he was such a easy to talked person always willing to help.

  9. 23 Apr 2020
    John delessio says:
    So sad to hear about the passing of Dan. We worked together and he was my supervisor, and a good one at that, wouldn’t hesitate giving you a hand. I always enjoyed talking to him and I remember our friendly banter during the Cubs/ Indians WS, also meeting him and Gail at the miracle games. I will miss my friend.

  10. 23 Apr 2020
    John Delessio says:
    Very sad to hear about the passing of Dan. We worked together and he was my supervisor and a good one at that, wouldn’t hesitate about giving you a hand , I liked Dan very much and always enjoyed talking with him, especially our friendly banter during the Cubs/Indians WS. And also at the miracle games! I will miss my friend.

  11. 23 Apr 2020
    John Delessio lit a candle:
    Lit since April 23, 2020 at 4:29:39 PM

  12. 22 Apr 2020
    Jan and Dick Hanson says:
    To Gail and family, Dan became a part of r lives when we moved to the Legends. We soon became close friends and u both made Florida a special place for us. We explored restaurants, breweries and went on To excursions together. We had many dinners with u and friends usually opening up a bottle of new wine to taste. When you came to Chicago and spent several days with us we went to the Cubs game took the bus and it rained the entire game we nearly froze. We were glad we shared that experience with both of u always laughed about that crazy day. The best part of r cruise in January was sharing the time together. Dan u were one of a kind. You were caring, generous, funny and always ready to help anyone. We will always miss u and Florida will never be the same. Gail we love you and grieve with you. We will always be here for you.

  13. 22 Apr 2020
    Ron and Jan Chappell says:
    Words cannot describe our shock when we heard the news of Dan’s sudden passing. We have known Dan and Gail for the past 9 years, since we purchased the condo next to theirs. Dan was one of the first to welcome us to the building, and he offered his assistance in helping us adjust to the new community. He always greeted us with a warm smile, and took the time to chat, regardless of what he was in the middle of doing. We admired the amount of time he spent upgrading his own unit. We shared many memorable evenings together when we were in Fort Myers, either at their place, out for dinner, or at our place. He and Gail were a great team, and were perfect neighbours. We always knew we could count on them. Our hearts are broken, as we know how devastating this must be for Gail. We pray for peace for her, and for his family, as they look towards a different future from what they had imagined. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and love. Ron and Jan Chappell

  14. 22 Apr 2020
    Patti Carter Bishop says:
    Dear Gail and Family, I was saddened to hear of Dan's sudden passing. Dan and I had many conversations on the phone, and at the gate, with him being so many Members Homewatch person. I always enjoyed Dan's sense of humor and smile. He was such a kind soul. My sincere sympathies to You all. If you need anything, you can always call, Mary Pat has my number.

  15. 22 Apr 2020
    Rick Keefer says:
    So sorry to hear about my friend Dan
    We had the same job for years
    And spent a lot of phone time together
    I could always count on Dan
    I would call him every week for something we were both the same age so we had a lot in common
    He always had a quick start to a conversation and provide me with a different perspective on things
    I will miss you my friend

  16. 22 Apr 2020
    Mary Pat and Bill Barney says:
    Dearest Gail and Families, Dan was an amazing part of our lives for the past 5 years....but it SEEMED like we knew him forever! His kind, funny, friend sensitive, helpful disposition, attitude, and “zest” for life made everyone want him for their friend! SO GLAD we were with you, Dan and Gail, when you had your first visit to Wrigley Field.......(even though we were bundled up and freezing, like it was football playoffs in the Midwest in winter, and we WONDERED what possessed us to DO that!) This loss is incredibly devastating......but Dan’s “impact” will be with us always! We love you Gail, and will be “here” for you when you need us! RIP dear friend, Dan! Love, Mary Pat and Bill... (your cruising buddies, Bingo buddies, brewery buddies, and just people who were lucky enough to call you our friend!)

  17. 22 Apr 2020
    Mindaugas & Saule lit a candle:
    Lit since April 22, 2020 at 4:40:16 AM

  18. 22 Apr 2020
    Rena Landsmann says:
    So very sorry to hear of Dan's passing!!!!!! I knew him from our old Fazio days--grocery business. We had many laughs and worked our butts off for the customers and the company!!!!! He also was good at doing electrical work. R I P Dan!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 22 Apr 2020
    Lon & Bernadette Belich lit a candle:
    Lit since April 22, 2020 at 4:21:12 AM

  20. 21 Apr 2020
    Shawna says:
    I can't find the words to express how grateful I am for all the memories, things, places myself and my children got to experience growing up because of Dan. I wasnt always the best daughter, but he loved me anyways and was right there no matter what. It was way too soon to say goodbye and the hole left is huge. I promise to take care of mom and make her continue on the adventures y'all hadn't finished! You left a legacy and a place in so many peoples hearts most could only dream of leaving someday. I hope you know that. I love you and I miss you....

  21. 21 Apr 2020
    Devon Constantinidis says:
    Watching the Browns make stupid play calls and losing every Sunday won’t be the same without Dan there to commiserate with or just laugh with. Gail, we are so lucky to have met you both. We met because of our shared love of Cleveland sports but have really enjoyed your friendship in other ways over the last few years. Dan was such a fantastic guy and his immense love for you was always prevalent. We are always here for you and hope to get together as soon as we can. Xoxo - Devon

  22. 21 Apr 2020
    Timothy S Sullivan says:
    My condolences and prayer to all of the Craine Family. Dan was a great friend to all of us who worked with him in the food industry over the years. I would like to express my gratitude for all of the help and support he was to me personally.
    Dan was a always a very kind, funny person to be around who always had a smile on his face. He set a great example for all of us to live by.
    We will miss you dear brother- RIP

  23. 21 Apr 2020
    John Hartog says:
    I had the pleasure of knowing Dan through work and he was truly a great person and will be missed , no matter how down you might be Dan would always find a way to make you laugh , and forget about the problems!
    May God Bless him and all of his loved
    Ones.

  24. 21 Apr 2020
    Bob Canini lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:44:19 PM

  25. 21 Apr 2020
    Timothy S Sullivan lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:39:02 PM

  26. 21 Apr 2020
    Timothy S Sullivan lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:38:01 PM

  27. 21 Apr 2020
    John Hartog lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:32:05 PM

  28. 21 Apr 2020
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    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:38:56 PM

  29. 21 Apr 2020
    Deb Johnston lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:38:06 PM

  30. 21 Apr 2020
    Masumi says:
    I'm so glad I got to meet Dan for Kyto's birthday. I had heard so much about him from Nate and Yukako, and it was really great to experience his cheerful zest for life and great sense of humor in person. It was so sweet hearing him recount how he coached Nate in little league baseball and they had some memorable wins. He was such a great storyteller.

    I'm a bit in shock to hear of his passing, since I was hoping we'd have many more happy family gatherings in the future, but am so grateful for having had a chance to connect with him. We'll keep him alive in our memories, especially with Kyto and Ryuki. My condolences to his whole family.

  31. 21 Apr 2020
    Bob Canini posted an image:
    Great times at Dolphins Stadium
    Great times at Dolphins Stadium

  32. 21 Apr 2020
    Bob Canini says:
    I will miss Dan more than I realize now. He was truly a wonderful person. Always positive, caring, funny, and generous. He would give you the shirt off his back. Although we were not close geographically we always talked a couple of times a week, sometimes more. He was a lifelong Cleveland sports fan as well as a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. He knew every lyric from the Greetings Asbury Park album ( I know because he sang the whole thing to Gail, Mary, and myself one night). Mary and I loved the time Dan and Gail took us to see the burrowing owls at the old neighborhood where you guys lived. I'll miss having an OYA with him and the girls at Ft. Myers Brewery. He loved that place. RIP Dan, you will not be forgotten.

  33. 21 Apr 2020
    Nate Craine posted an image:
    From top: Dan, Nate & Matt circa 1990.
    From top: Dan, Nate & Matt circa 1990.

  34. 21 Apr 2020
    Nate Craine posted an image:
    Dan, Matt & Nate on front porch on Dill Road, South Euclid, OH in the summer of 1981.
    Dan, Matt & Nate on front porch on Dill Road, South Euclid, OH in the summer of 1981.

  35. 21 Apr 2020
    Nate Craine lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2020 at 4:17:36 PM

  36. 21 Apr 2020
    Carol Seedle says:
    My condolences to the Craine family and friends. I was so shocked and saddened to hear the news. I have so many fond, fun memories of Dan. So many Saturday nights playing hearts and fun camping trips just to name a few. RIP Dan

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