[Harp-L] Buzz Krantz obituary

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Thu Aug 24 19:40:17 EDT 2023

Edward Peter Krantz, Jr., affectionately known as Buzz, passed away on 
August 20, 2023, at the age of 82 in Montgomery County, IL. He was born 
on June 10, 1941, in Chicago, IL. Buzz was a beloved husband to Pam, a 
caring father to Eric and Jeffrey, and a proud grandfather to Jeffrey 
and Stephen. He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret, father 
Edward Peter, Sr., and sister Marilyn.

Buzz was a remarkable individual with a deep passion for blues music, 
particularly playing the harmonica. His love for this instrument led him 
to join the Windy City Harmonica Club in the late 1980s, where he became 
an active member and eventually served as club president for several 
terms. His dedication and commitment made the club one of the most 
respected in the country. Buzz's enthusiasm for the harmonica extended 
beyond the club, as he attended the SPAH Harmonica Convention since 1990 
and formed countless close friendships through his role as an ambassador 
for the instrument. He received numerous awards for his contributions to 
the harmonica community.

Throughout his life, Buzz was involved in playing the harmonica with 
various bands, including the Cook County Blues Band, The Q-Balls, and 
the JB Ritchie Blues Band, among others. He also frequented and played 
in Northwest suburb blues jams, where he made lasting connections with 
fellow musicians and friends.

In addition to his musical pursuits, Buzz had a fulfilling career as a 
truck driver, dedicating 38 years of service to Airborne Express (now 
DHL) before retiring.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at the Ahlgrim & 
Sons Funeral Home located at 330 W. Golf Rd., Schaumburg/Hoffman 
Estates, IL 60195, on Thursday, August 31, 2023. The visitation hours 
will be from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a non-denominational service 
taking place at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to honor Buzz's memory to 
any lung or Heart Association; S.P.A.H. Society for the Preservation and 
Advancement of the Harmonica; the Blues Foundation HART Fund (Handy 
Artists Relief Trust); the Trickster Cultural Center (dedicated to 
Native American traditions, social advocacy, and education), or any 
charitable organization of your choice.
Buzz will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose 
lives he touched with his love for music and his warm personality. May 
his soul rest in eternal harmony.

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