CRANE, Robert Anthony
February 9, 2024

Robert Anthony Crane

Robert Anthony Crane, BASc (Honours) Engineering Physics and Ph.D Physics of Beaconsfield Quebec at the age of 89 passed away peacefully on 9 February 2024 after a long illness.  Anthony, fondly known as Tony, was born in Toronto, Ontario on 30 July 1934.  He was a graduate of the University of Toronto and receiving both a PhD (1965) and MA (1961) in Molecular Physics along with a BaSc (Honours) in Engineering Physics (1957) from that same institution. He was a talented scientist and engineer who received accolades throughout his long career notably 7 patents and more than 19 publications primarily within the field of optics (lasers). Beginning his career in RCA as a senior Scientist, he then moved on to found his own company UltraLaserTech retiring in 1999.  However, never one to sit idly by, he came back to work and created his new company Consultants RACTAN to continue his passion and indulgence of high technology. While he held many titles in life, his favourite was that of father; he was a consummate and loving parent and partner spending his free time attending his children’s events, tending to his garden, making wine or traveling and exploring with Jane. To his last days, he was a diligent inventor working on projects, and father and provider for his family which was his number one priority – a Gentleman and a Scholar. In his own words: “So even with all the problems I have been dealt with in my life to date I believe that I am the luckiest guy in the world.  There is no other pair like us and it’s all Jane’s doing.  We are unique.“ Tony is survived by his wife Jane, and their four children, Tania and partner Keith, Joelle and her partner Ivan, Erik and his partner Robyn, and Adrianne her partner Denis, and his grand children Robert, Connor, and Julia along with his extended grandchildren James, Mars and Kyle.


While there will be no funeral service, the family would like people to make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Tony’s name in lieu of flowers.

One response

  1. Alison Goodman

    February 11, 2024 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you for your humor, wine and silliness. “Titter titter, crumbs all over the place!” Oh Mr. C, we love you and may you be making wine and puttering among your vines in heaven.


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