Frederick Richard Cranmer


Denton, NC – Frederick Richard Cranmer died peacefully on September 17, 2022 in Denton, North Carolina at the age of 95. Fred was born on December 7, 1926 in Blasdell, New York to Evelyn Charteris Cranmer and Frederick Sylvester Cranmer.
Fred had been a long-time resident of Mayfield and Gloversville, New York, before moving to Denton, last year to live near his daughter. He taught industrial arts at Gloversville High School for many years, beginning in 1965 and retiring in 1986.
Fred’s early years were spent in western New York and like many of his generation, the depression of the 1930’s greatly impacted his life. As a young child he lived primarily with his maternal grandparents and used to say his diet consisted of what they grew, shot, caught, or “liberated” from neighbors’ orchards. He remained an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener his entire life but did stop liberating food from his neighbors.
Fred enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and was deployed to the Pacific toward the end of World War II, serving on Guam, Truk Island (Chuuk Lagoon) and Japan. After the war he had several jobs, including being a machinist for Bell Aircraft. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1951 and earned a Masters Degree in Education in 1963. He began his teaching career in Randolph, New York for one year before moving to Springville, New York and teaching industrial arts at Griffith Institute. He married Sandra McWilliams and they had two children, Mark Cranmer (1951-2008) and Keith Cranmer (Berkeley, CA). He later married Re (Marie) Horn in 1965 and together they had a daughter, Susan Cranmer (Denton, NC). Fred, Re and Susan lived in Gloversville with Re’s sons John Horn (Portland, OR) and Bill Horn (York, ME) before moving to Mayfield in 1978. Re Cranmer died in 1997.
Fred had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, reading and woodworking but his favorite hobby was skeet shooting. He competed regularly as a younger man and continued shooting skeet at Pine Tree Rifle Club throughout his 80’s and early 90’s, eventually using a walker outfitted with a gun rack and shooting from a stool. After retirement Fred volunteered in the Mayfield Volunteer Fire Department, the St. John’s Church Dinner Theater, Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity and aided rebuilding efforts following hurricanes in Louisiana and the Dominican Republic. He read voraciously on a wide range of topics.
Fred lived a long life and had many stories to share. He had been an auxiliary police officer in Springville, rowed in college for SUNY Buffalo, lived for a year in a western New York tuberculosis hospital as an elementary student, served as a Marine in WWII, played semi-pro baseball as a young man, helped coach the GHS football team in the late 1960’s, and was a teacher for hundreds of students over a 35 year teaching career. The world is richer for his time with us and he will be missed by his family and friends.
Fred is survived by his son Keith Cranmer, daughter Susan Cranmer, stepchildren John Horn, Bill Horn, Jim Horn, Chris Telfer and Geoff Horn, as well as 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A short service to commit Fred’s ashes will be held on October 19, 2022 at 1:30 in St. John’s Episcopal Church in Johnstown (1 N. Market St., Johnstown, NY). A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Johnstown Holiday Inn (308 N. Comrie Ave.) from 2:00 to 5:00.

By LH Staff

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