John Joseph Kane, 86
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JESSUP, Md. -- John Joseph Kane, 86, of Jessup, Md., gracefully passed on Feb. 9, 2011, in Severna Park, Md. after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Portland on May 3, 1924, the son of Martin J. and Delia E. Curran Kane.
John attended local schools and graduated from Cheverus High School in the Class of 1942. John was an outstanding member of the Cheverus High baseball team and pitched for the Maine All Star team. He also attended Northeastern Business College. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as a waist gunner and radio operator on B-17's flying from Polebrook, England. He flew on 25 missions with the 351st Bomb group of the Eight Air Force.
John married Margaret Irene Gingras on May 17, 1947 in Portland. For many years they made their home in Manchester, N.H. John was a pharmaceutical sales representative and retired from Roche Laboratories in 1984. He was a devoted husband and exceptionally loving father, grandfather and teacher. When health allowed, he attended Mass daily. He was a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
Blessed with an excellent Irish tenor singing voice, John was a member of the several choirs and choruses during his lifetime. At age nine, he sang with the Portland's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Boys' Choir and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was also a member of the choir at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Manchester, N.H. He sang for many weddings, funerals and events. John sang competitively with quartets and in choruses as a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America.
John was predeceased by his parents; a daughter, Rosemary; brothers Martin (Bobby), Francis and Edward, and sister, Mary Kane Verre. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Gingras Kane; daughters , Margaret Mary Kane Chiaravelotti, and Maureen Kane Smith and husband Andrew Smith, all of Jessup, Md.; sons, Thomas Francis Kane and wife Gloria of Caribou, and John Wilfred Kane and wife Kim of Pembroke, N.H.; sisters, Theresa Kane Croswell of Kennebunk, and Margaret and husband George Lussier of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a brother, Thomas J. Kane and wife Marlene of Saco; sister-in-law, Pauline Kane of Scarborough; grandchildren, Erick, Aaron and Mia Chiaravelotti, John, Patrick and Peter Kane, Christina Kane-Gibson and Karen Kane-Roby; and great-grandchild, Dean Gibson.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14th at the Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15th at the funeral home followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com.
If desired, in lieu of flowers
donations may be made to:
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John Joseph Kane
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 13, 2011