Longtime former Sky-Hi News columnist Cece Krewson dies in Pennsylvania
Cece Krewson1922-2011Cece Krewson, a longtime columnist and reporter for the Sky-Hi News, died Saturday, Sept. 17 in Tunkhannock, Pa. following a long battle with cancer. He was 89.Krewson started at the Sky-Hi News in his second career as a newspaperman in 1982. He was a bookkeeper, layout man, columnist, reporter and localized crossword-puzzle builder. During his 16 years at the Grand County newspapers, Krewson was awarded 11 Colorado Press Association awards, mostly for the columns he wrote. In 1997 he also earned the state association’s prestigious Silver Star Award for consistent excellence. Krewson covered the town of Grand Lake, the sheriff’s office and county courts for the newspapers, churning out entertaining and crisp stories. His columns were renowned for their humor and insight.Krewson considered his crowning achievement, however, to be his and the newspaper’s successful effort to help stop an effort to bring legalized gambling to Grand Lake in the early ’90s. Krewson’s forthright yet balanced reporting and columns helped bring about a peaceful end to that at-times contentious issue.Krewson was a lover of words and the English language. Aside from the clever crossword puzzles he created, using local clues, he also crafted a wide range of verse in a variety of meters and styles for his columns in the Sky-Hi News. These were usually jocular and light-hearted. Many times his columns featured elaborate narratives leading up to contorted and groan-inducing puns.Krewson originally came to Grand County in 1977 after he purchased the Snowshoe Guest Ranch (now Latigo Ranch) west of Kremmling. He led horseback rides and snowmobile tours, in addition to being treasurer and reservationist, until selling the ranch in 1982.Krewson returned to Tunkhannock in 1998 and worked briefly for the newspaper he used to own before embarking on two book projects and bound collections of his award-winning columns.He was born Jan. 24, 1922 to Cecil, Sr. and Lucinda Luce-Lyman-Krewson. He was a sophomore at Syracuse University when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Jan. 7, 1941. He served in the United States Coast Guard from June 1942 to October 1945, primarily aboard the combat cutter Storis in the North Atlantic. He was honorably discharged as a Bosn’s Mate First Class.During the war, Krewson married Mary Britton of Lowell, Mass. They had four children. Mary died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 47 in October 1972. In 1973 Krewson married Sharon Strantz and they were parents of son Kit, who had Down-Syndrome. They divorced in 1982. He then married the former Mary Ross-Remington of Tunkhannock and they had a son, Michael, who is now 24 and a student at State College in Pennsylvania. Michael attended Grand Lake Elementary School. Mr. Krewson also had two stepchildren, Jeremy Remington and Fallon Remington, who also attended East Grand County schools. Jeremy resides in Bryan, Texas, and Fallon works as an auditor for Price-Waterhouse out of Hoboken, N.J.Krewson came to Grand County after having already had an exemplary career in the newspaper business. He started to write columns for the Tunkhannock Republican & New Age, his family’s newspaper, while still in high school. He returned to the paper after the war, serving as reporter, columnist, associate editor, editor and co-publisher and co-owner. With his brother Lyman, he also founded the Trail Examiner in Nicholson. While at the family newspapers Cecil earned 20 Keystone Press awards, plus three national awards, including the prestigious Herrick Editorial Award of the National Newspaper Association. Krewson also served two 2-year terms as a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association. They sold the papers to the Scranton Times and in 1977, and Krewson relocated to Colorado. Mr. Krewson served for many years as a justice of the peace in Tunkhannock Borough and four years a Wyoming County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts. He was a drummer and square dance caller of the Jimmy Welch Orchestra in north-central Pennsylvania for about 14 years.Following Krewson’s wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral. Instead, a celebration of his life is being planned for a later date. He is being cremated.
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