Arthur Scott Cranston, Jr.

Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2017


ARTHUR SCOTT CRANSTON, JR. "Scotty" (Age 89) Of Silver Spring, MD, departed
peacefully in his home on February 21, 2017, surrounded by devoted family members and

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Scotty had an infectious zest for living life to the fullest
and was always ready to tell a memorable story or sing a sentimental song. He always
found common ground with everyone he met in the course of his long, wonderful and
eventful life. He was infamous for his massive mailing of green bagels for St. Patrick's Day,
making sure that the return address was always O'Malley's Bakery. As a boy he spent his
days playing in Rock Creek Park or riding the trolley car out to the amusement park in Glen
Echo, MD.

Scotty was an amazing athlete and was recognized for his outstanding athletic
achievements by being inducted in the Athletic Hall of Fame at
Gonzaga College High
School, Class of 1945,
and The Catholic University of America (CU), Class of 1951. He
was the first player in Gonzaga basketball history to score 30 points or more in one game.
At CU, Scotty led all basketball players during the 1947-1948 season with 202 points. The
next year, he was the second highest scorer. In 1951, he was selected to the Mason-Dixon
Conference Team and the All-District Team. In 1948, he played baseball, becoming the
team's top relief pitcher. In the years between high school and college, Scotty enlisted in
the Navy, and after boot camp in Bainbridge, MD, he served at the Navy base in Solomon's
Island, MD.

After graduation from CU, Scotty was selected as the Athletic Director of Archbishop
Carroll High School. He coached basketball at Carroll and later at the Priory School, which
is now known as St. Anselm's. He was also co-director of the Catholic Youth Organization
(CYO) Summer Day Camps, which served over 35,000 children each year in the
Archdiocese of Washington.

In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Scotty was respected as a prominent
businessman in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. In 1956, he started C & L School
Bus Lines which served Catholic schools and CYO summer camps in DC and Maryland.

Also in the mid-1950's he obtained his broker's license and formed Arthur S. Cranston
Associates Inc., becoming an insurance broker for the National Security Agency (NSA),
where he worked for 32 years. Scotty also formed Mass Benefits Consultants (MBC) in
1971 and had been CEO of the organization ever since. MBC specializes in various types
of group insurance for federal government agencies. As hard as Scotty worked to provide
for his large family, he also knew when to "stop and smell the roses", as he would say. He
was a lover of the outdoors and was always ready to go fishing, hunting or head on down to
Southern Maryland where he and his brother, James R. "Ray" Cranston, maintain a
350-acre working farm that once belonged to their parents.

Scotty is survived by the love of his life and wife of 64 years, Berenice McDonnell Cranston;
and six children, Mary Kate Cranston, Sheila Grant (Peter), Scotty Cranston (Carla),
Maureen Hearl (Bill), Tom Cranston and Theresa Mills (Artie). He is also survived by 12
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother, Ray; and sister, Joan (Sister Arturo
Cranston, O.P.).

Relatives and friends may call at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road,
Rockville, MD 20853 on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 10 to 11 a.m., with Mass of
Christian Burial at 11 a.m.

Internment is at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made, in his memory to Gonzaga College High
School, 19 Eye Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20001. Please sign family guest book at:

Funeral Home
DeVol Funeral Home
10 East Deer Park Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 948-6800