Everton Football Club is saddened to learn of the passing of former club chaplain Father Brian Crane at the age of 78.
Father Crane was club chaplain during the 1980s having become firm friends with a number of players and staff, but in particular Howard Kendall. Indeed, Fr Crane took part in the legendary manager’s funeral service last October.
Another man close to Brian was Kevin Sheedy, who would often spend time with him away from the Club.
Upon hearing of his passing, Sheedy told evertonfc.com: “It is really devastating news. I have known Father Crane ever since my playing days. I signed when I was 22 so it has been over 30 years.
“I knew him very well, and would often socialise with him. I would see him every few months but would always keep in touch over the phone.
“He was the minister who did my wedding and he christened my children, so he was a real close family friend.
“Father Crane had strong links to the football club. He was very close to Everton and was a big personality around the place. He loved a laugh and his football and had a great relationship with the players over the years, especially Howard.
“It is a major loss for Everton and I am gobsmacked and gutted by the news.”
The thoughts of everyone at Everton are with the family and friends of Father Crane at this difficult time.