In Memoriam


John F. Kane, Sr. June 4, 2007

John F. Kane, Sr. of New Rochelle died suddenly on June 2, 2007 after a brief illness. He was 82. John was born in Chicago, IL on November 20, 1924 to Joseph P. and Marie Kane. He had two brothers, Joseph and Thomas, and a sister Patricia. John attended St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL where he began his football career and earned the nickname "The Gentle Giant"- as he would gently place his opponents on the ground.

In 2005 he was the first to be inducted into the St. Bede Academy Hall of Fame. He attended Purdue University and then enlisted in the US Navy. He was stationed in the Pacific on the destroyer USS Caldwell and resigned his commission as LTJG. Upon his return to Chicago he met Shirley M. Simmons and they were married May 1, 1948. Shortly after the birth of their son John Jr. they moved to New York.  John finished his education at NYU with a degree in engineering. At that time he was signed to play pro ball with the Detroit Lions but his career was short lived due to a devastating knee injury. John worked for many companies involved in pollution control in the steel and oil industries including Petro Chem, Chemico, and Envirotech.

He and his family enjoyed many years at Bonnie Briar Country Club and after the birth of their daughter, Victoria they moved to New Rochelle. John enjoyed traveling and his business took him to Japan, Venezuela, Canada, and Pittsburgh, PA. He eventually worked for General Electric and for the New Jersey Port Authority as a consulting engineer. He was one of the primary engineers for the monorail system currently in place at JFK.

He and his family enjoyed vacationing out west, skiing, horseback riding, white water rafting, camping, and when there was time a round of golf at Wykagyl Country Club where they have enjoyed their membership for the past 30 years. Mr. Kane is survived by his daughter, Victoria Kane, sisters-in-law, Laura Simmons and Margaret Kane, daughter-in-law, Judith Kane and two grandchildren, Thrine and Sean Kane. He is pre-deceased by his son, John F. Kane, Jr. and his wife Shirley and his siblings. We offer special thanks and love to his constant caregiver for the last year, Osei Tutu. John's dry sense of humor, appetite for life and food, especially his sweet tooth, will forever keep him in our hearts.

Visiting hours will be Tuesday and Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy and Sons Beauchamp Chapel, 16 Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY. A Funeral Mass is scheduled for Thursday 9:30am at Holy Family Church. Entombment will Follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Copyright 2007 The Journal News


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