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Wife of former Belfast Telegraph boss dies aged 77

By Victoria Leonard

Belfast businesswoman Anna Crane, the wife of former Managing Director of Belfast Telegraph Newspapers Robert Crane, passed away peacefully at her home in Tasmania last Wednesday.

Mrs Crane, who moved to Australia with her husband shortly after his retirement, was the former owner of Cranes Bookshop on Belfast's Rosemary Street.

The mother-of-two died in her Richmond home last week at the age of 77.

A tribute left on the website of her local newspaper in Australia describes her as a "kind, loving and thoughtful friend".

She was pre-deceased by her husband, who passed away in April 2008 from a brain haemorrhage at the age of 73.

Mr Crane was MD of Belfast Telegraph Newspapers from 1979-95. The couple had met while Mr Crane, who was Scottish, was on naval service.

Mr and Mrs Crane had previously lived at Logwood Mill in Ballyclare prior to emigrating down under.

The couple were deeply involved in the community and commercial life of Northern Ireland before making their move abroad.

Mrs Crane was the mother of John and Sheenagh, mother-in-law of Margaret, grandmother of Rebecca and Emma and the sister of Sheenagh, the late Pinsky and Jessie.

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