John J. Kane


John J. Kane


John J. Kane, 79, of Abigail St., passed away March 7, 2012. He was the beloved husband of Adele (Dlugosz) Kane, to whom he was married for 57 years.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late John and Ann (Seebauer) Kane. John was a graduate of LaSalle High School in Philadelphia and went on to Temple University, where he captained the basketball team, was a member of the Theta Kappa Phi fraternity and the Accounting Honor Society.

A former CPA, he began his career as an auditor at Haskin & Sells in Philadelphia and worked for Honeywell in a variety of management positions up until his relocation to Rhode Island in 1970. John was president and CEO of Federal Products Corp. in Providence for 18 years and also served as corporate vice president and group executive of the parent Esterline Corp. of Connecticut. He was the Director of Administration & Finance for the State of Rhode Island and continued working independently in a financial consulting capacity up until his retirement.

Active in professional and civic leadership, John was a member of the RI Board of Regents for Education, a director of Citizens Bank, president of the RI Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the United Way of Southeastern New England annual fundraising campaign. He was a communicant of St. Gregory the Great Church in Warwick, where he coached CYO basketball and baseball. John was a member of Potowomut Golf Club, where he served for a time on the Board of Governors and as president.

He was the devoted father of Paula King and her husband, Bart, of New Hampshire, Kevin Kane and his wife, Patrice, of Warwick, Maureen Kane of Warwick, Christopher Kane and his wife, Sarah, of North Kingstown and Michael Kane and his wife, Lisa, of New Jersey. He was the proud and dedicated grandfather of Cameron, Nathan and Tyler King, Morgan and Erin Kane, Erik and Shane Olson, Emily and Gavin Kane and Steven, Karl and Sofia Kane. He is also survived by his two sisters, Kathleen Kane of Cherry Hill, N.J. and Rosemary Banford and her husband, Joe, of Philadelphia, and many nieces and nephews. He was the brother-in-law of the lat Gerald Kane.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church, 360 Cowesett Rd., Warwick, March 10. Burial was private.

The family respectfully requests that memorial donations in John's name be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD 20871.