Be Thankful For All The Memories


Every Sept. 20, former Clinton resident Blake Philbrook posts a memorial on his Facebook profile.


Philbrook’s friend Douglas Crane, also a former Clinton resident, died in a house fire in Utica on that date over 10 years ago.


“It was probably the most heartbreaking thing I've ever had to deal with,” Philbrook wrote on Facebook Sept. 20, 2020, marking the 11th year since Crane’s death. “He was my BEST friend at the time. We did everything together; it was like I had lost a brother. He was my third brother. I miss you, Douglas Crane.”


He added more to last year’s post. “If you are from Clinton, NY and graduated between 2000-2008, you've experienced loss,” Philbrook wrote. He mentioned CCS classmates and friends who have passed away.


In addition to a memorial post on the day Crane passed, Philbrook also marks his best friend’s birthday. “Happy Birthday to one of greatest people I ever knew, Douglas Crane. You would have been 35 today,” last year’s post…



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