Saturday, November 26, 2005

Mark Craney 1952 - 2005



Our beloved Mark passed away in his sleep early this morning at Sherman Village, a sub-acute care facility in Sherman Oaks, CA. Mark survived a stroke in the brain stem on August 18 and re-learned how to breathe, speak and swallow over the last three months. He worked hard on his recovery and was making good progress despite several medical setbacks. Regretfully, pneumonia won out. Mark's sister Jeanne and many friends spent meaningful time with Mark on the days prior to his passing. We will miss him and hold him in our hearts forever.

We will post memorial details as soon as plans are finalized.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss. I never knew Mark personally but he moved me with his incredible drumming at a very young age. May God be with all of you during this difficult time.

Mike Donovan

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mark's playing made a strong impact on me when I first heard him with Gino Vanelli. I was in high school at the time. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.

Stan Mulder

8:54 AM  
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7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad to hear about Marks passing. Positive energy to all he left behind....

10:04 AM  
Anonymous R Rothwell said...

mark,Jeez,It seems like yesterday that you were this gangly kid getting that lefty drum kit together with the Chateaux, Miss and love you,bother,,,,R Rothwell

2:10 AM  
Anonymous jeff marso said...

I just heard a Gino song on the radio and couldn't help but remember the time I was so fortunate to have played a gig with Mark. The drummer in the band I was in got the flu and we were playing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (sometime around 1982 I think). Our manager was Chris Buren who was friends with Mark and so Mark agreed to fill in as our drummer for the night. We were so excited to be playing with the WORLD FAMOUS Mark Craney that we could hardly contain ourselves. Of course, Mark blew our minds with his drumming that night. I'll NEVER forget!!!! I mean, what an awesome person Mark was. We were nobody and he was SOMEBODY, and yet he treated us as equals. I am so grateful to have known him, if only for one night.

2:52 PM  
Blogger Rae Tanner said...

What a sweet comment, Jeff. Thanks for sharing your memories of Mark. Hard to believe it's been four years. We still miss him so, don't we?

-Rae

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm drummer and i began drum when he was drummer in gino vanelli"s band. I'm vey painfull when Mark is gone. In my country(Madagascar)he was the right master. I've never listen to a drummer like him. He stays for me the one great master to follow.

I thank everyday the heaven for that znd eternelly god bless his mind

5:38 PM  

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