John L. Crane, 43, chef, partner in catering businessJohn...

September 02, 1996

John L. Crane, 43, chef, partner in catering business

John L. Crane, an assistant chef at the Peabody Court Hotel in the 1980s and later chef and partner in Life of the Party Caterers, died Wednesday of AIDS at his Baltimore home. He was 43.

He was at home dealing with French cuisine or traditional Southern recipes, working directly with food preparation or planning every aspect of a wedding dinner.

"He was a very talented person. He could work all the stations in the hotel," said Michel Laudier, executive chef at the Peabody Court when Mr. Crane was there in 1986 and 1987.

"He was a perfectionist and an artist," said Marlene Myers, his partner in Life of the Party. "He worked very long and hard hours, because he wanted everything to be done properly and beautifully -- the way the world is not."

Mr. Crane was born in Valdosta, Ga., and raised in Shepherdstown, W.Va. He was a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

He was manager of the food shop and director of catering at Morton's food and wine shop on Cathedral Street from 1988 to 1992. He was interested in antiques and was assistant manager of Armacost Antiques Shows of Baltimore from 1993 until this year.

He is survived by his parents, Col. and Mrs. J. T. Crane Jr. of Shepherdstown; a brother, Joseph T. Crane III of Richmond; a sister, Elizabeth C. Sprouse of Shepherdstown; and his companion, Robert Wagner of Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Park Avenue and Monument Street.

Memorial donations may be made to H.E.R.O., 101 W. Read St., Baltimore 21201, or Chase-Brexton Health Services, 1001 Cathedral St., Baltimore 21201.

J. Walker Jackson, 71, owned beauty supply firm

J. Walker Jackson, 71, founder and retired owner of a Baltimore beauty supply company, died Aug. 23 of heart failure at his Northeast Baltimore home.

Mr. Jackson sold his beauty supply company in 1990, and became a salesman for City Oldsmobile. Earlier, he sold beauty supplies for another company and owned a grocery store.

A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School, he served in Gen. George S. Patton's 3rd Army in Europe during World War II.

He was active in Metropolitan Methodist Church, where he had been a member since 1952.

He was married for 40 years to the former Bernice Strickland, who died in 1992.

He is survived by a sister, Margaret Tindull of Baltimore; a granddaughter, Stephanie Adams of Columbia; and two cousins.

Services were held Wednesday.

Pub Date: 9/02/96

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