NPPA Member Tony Ranze, 44

Tony Ranze, 44, director of photography for The Ledger in Lakeland, FL, died Sunday after a four-year battle with cancer, his newspaper reported today. Ranze, an NPPA member since 1991, was the winner of the Joseph Costa Courtroom Photography Award in 1990. In addition to his director role at The Ledger, he was also the photography coordinator for The New York Times Regional Media Group.

The Ledger said that Ranze was diagnosed with multiple myeloma bone cancer four years ago and that he was undergoing treatment at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock, AR, when he died, not long after his fourth bone marrow transplant.

"A Celebration of the Life of Tony Ranze" will be held Saturday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Jennifer and Scott Audette in North Lakeland, FL. For more information eMail [email protected].

Ranze graduated from the Southeast Center of Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, FL, in 1984 and he joined the ledger in 1985 as a staff photojournalist. He frequently freelanced for the wire services during his two-decade career at The Ledger, and covered major events such as hurricanes, Super Bowls, shuttle launches, and NASCAR auto races.

He’s survived by his mother, Isabelle Ranze, and a sister, Melinda Brock, and his four children: Anthony Nicholas Ranze, 23; Elisa Ranze, 22; and Joseph and Kaitlyn Ranze, 18.