TOPSFIELD – Mrs. Sheila Ann (Tucker) Cranney 58, of Topsfield, beloved wife of Brian C. Cranney, died Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at Beverly Hospital surrounded by her loving family, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Salem, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Sheila (Whearty) Tucker. She was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of Salem High School, Class of 1980.
Sheila began her professional career under the tutelage of the Clarke family, having been associated with Clarke Brother’s Oil and Waters & Brown of Salem. The Clarke family had great faith in Sheila’s ability and encouraged her tremendously during her tenure working for them. It was while working at Clarke Brother’s that Sheila would meet the love of her life, Brian Cranney. They began as friends and a love blossomed into a life time of happiness. Following the start of her family, she focused her efforts on raising her beloved children and supporting her husband in his business ventures. She was a caring and devoted mother supporting her entire family in all of their endeavors.
Sheila was also the co-founder and President of Cranney Self Storage of Danvers. She was instrumental in the success of the company and continued her efforts in making it a success over the years. If you were part of the Cranney team you were family and that was due to Sheila’s love and care for others.
Truly a kind hearted woman, Sheila donated her time to many charities. She was a steadfast supporter of Camp Sunshine in Maine and had an overwhelming passion for helping those in need. She enthusiastically volunteered wherever needed and was a dog mom to many a special needs animal over the years. She organized relief efforts on multiple occasions for victims of natural disasters and the recent pandemic, with locations all over the country. Her passion for helping others was contagious. Once Sheila put her mind and efforts behind a cause, it was going to get done. She was truly amazing in her efforts and ability to help the less fortunate. She even started a charity called Danvers Delivers Love with family and friends. In the midst of rigorous cancer treatments she still found time to give back to others. All the while with the humblest of attitudes, never wanting or needing recognition for her kindness. She acted out of love.
A longtime resident of Danvers and Lee, N.H., Sheila made friends wherever she went. Once you were her friend, you were her friend for life and she was fiercely loyal. She enjoyed her time spent at her family’s camp on Hancock Pond in Maine and more recently at their home in Vero Beach, Florida.
She was a tremendous partner and wife to her beloved Brian and the ever-doting mother to Kyle, Jessica and Kaeleigh. More recently she was given the greatest gift of becoming a Grammy. Her grandson Mason became her inspiration to continue the fight. She was always extremely close with her siblings and was a loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Sheila’s lasting legacy will truly be her love and kindness for others.
Sheila is survived by her husband of 35 years, Brian C. Cranney of Topsfield, her children, Kyle Cranney of Portsmouth, N.H., Jessica Cranney of Beverly and Kaeleigh Capodilupo and her husband, Alex of Salisbury, her grandson, Mason Brian Capodilupo, her siblings, Mark Tucker and his wife, Kim of Aurora, OH, Michael Tucker and his wife, Kim of Henniker, N.H., Paul F. Tucker and his wife, Ann of Salem and Cindy Farrington and her husband, Shane of Euless, TX and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, extended family and dear friends.
The Cranney Family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the teams at Mass General and Medically Home for their unwavering dedication and compassionate care.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral will be held from O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem, Friday, June 25th at 9 A.M. followed by her funeral Mass at St. James Church, Federal St., Salem at 10 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Thursday, June 24th from 4 to 8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Sheila’s memory to Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Rd., Casco, ME, 04015. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnelfuneralservice.com
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