With heavy hearts, we sadly announce that Symen Crans passed way at his home in Emo, Ont. on Friday, March 9, 2018.
Symen was born in the Netherlands on Dec. 26 1945 to Dirk and Reintje Crans.
At a young age, Symen moved to Canada with his parents and younger sister, Rithe. After their sister, Tineke, was a born, the two sisters and parents moved back to Holland while Symen stayed in Canada.
As a young teenager, he was raised in the home of his aunt and uncle, Arie and Fenna Versluis, with close cousins, Adrian, Simon, Fred, and Frances. This is where he received the nickname “Crunchie.”
He married Helen Reinders in March, 1970. They began farming and raising their three children. In October, 1980, they moved to Calgary, Alta.
Symen began his love of carpentry by building forts and lean-tos in backyards as a young boy. Symen was part of the housing boom in Calgary until August, 1982, when the family moved to the District of Rainy River.
Symen owned and operated Crans Construction and, in 1986, they added eavestroughing to the business.
Helen moved to Brampton, Ont. while Symen continued to reside in Emo running Crans Construction & Eavestrough.
Symen enjoyed stock car racing and played some hockey, and also enjoyed camping, fishing, and having coffee with the guys. But his greatest love was his grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his parents, Dirk and Reintje Crans; aunt and uncle, Arie and Fenna Versluis; and in-laws, Edward and Weistkje Reinders, Rose Tjeerdsma, Keith Reinders, and Edward Reinders.
Symen is survived by children, Wendy, Christy, and Dirk (Susan); grandchildren, Troy, Jasmyne (Warren), Danielle, Rebekah, and Justus; sisters, Rithe (Jan) and Tineke (Henk); and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, with Rev. Ralph Fluit officiating.
Coffee and dainties to follow.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Borderland Racing Association c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.