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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Darnell Crenshaw, musician and business owner passed away peacefully on March 9, 2015 after a brief and unexpected illness.  Darnell was born on April 13, 1966, and was the third of four children born to Nellie F. Taylor.

Darnell graduated from Lockport Senior High in 1983, joined the US Air Force as a Personnel Administrator, and served his country with honor. During his assignment in Europe, he formed a band with fellow Airmen and played throughout Germany. Upon honorable discharge and return to Lockport, he served in the Air Reserve. Darnell continued to hone his musical craft, and opened his music store, The Tone Doctor where he taught music to children and adults.

Darnell’s love and passion for music, style and soul presented him the opportunities to work with, inspire, and be inspired by several of Lockport’s top musicians.  It also allowed him play at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City,  and more importantly to form unconditional bonds and friendships.

Darnell is predeceased by his mother, Nellie Taylor. He is deeply mourned by his loving partner of many years, Bethany Laskey, and his children Miles Crenshaw, Marcus Crenshaw, and Taylor Laskey.   He also leaves his brother Darryl Crenshaw, sisters Denise Michel and Nancy  Crenshaw, all of Lockport, and a grand daughter.  Darnell is survived and mourned by aunts Eula Carter and Lillie B. White, nieces, nephews, several cousins and countless friends.

Viewing hours will be held at Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, 70 Niagara Street (corner of Niagara and Transit) on Friday, March 13, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Additional hours will be held Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Latter Rain Cathedral, where the funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m.. Internment at Cold Springs Cemetery.

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1 comment:

  1. Darnell was a big part of our son, Matt's life. He took him under his wing both at the shop, and in The No Mustang Sally Band. For that we will be forever grateful. Our deepest sympathies to Bethany, and Darnell's family. We only knew him a short time, but are very sad with his passing.
    Chris and Lynne Rutschmann


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