James Joseph Kane III
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James "Joseph" Kane III set out on an afternoon kayaking adventure with his dog, Frannie, on May 13. Joseph never returned and is believed to have drowned. Those who know Joseph know that he rests in the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Joseph was born on August 6, 1991, and he centered his life around church, family and friends. Joseph always enjoyed being outside in God's creation camping, fishing, hunting, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. Joseph attended Little Flower Catholic Elementary School. He graduated from Pensacola Catholic High School in 2010 where he loved playing football, weightlifting, and Music Ministry. Joseph had a very successful scouting career that culminated with his attaining the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009. Through scouting Joseph learned to love and respect the natural world. After High School Joseph attended Florida State University where he was a rising Senior, a dedicated Seminole and an Honor Roll student majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. While at FSU Joseph became very active in the Catholic Student Union, led by the Brotherhood of Hope. Joseph loved and enjoyed his family deeply. His nieces and nephew brought great joy to his life and he to their lives. Above all else, Joseph loved the Lord and lived a life of faith, love, and service to others. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Dolores Milsted Kane. Joseph is survived by his parents James and Marjorie Kane; his sisters Jessica (John) Murphy, Sara (Bradley) Bergan, Molly Kane, Abigail Kane and his brother Caleb Kane; his grandparents James and Janet Whatley and James and Ingrid Kane; his nephew Thomas Murphy and nieces Lucy Murphy, Caroline Bergan and a new niece (Bergan) due later this summer. Joseph also treasured his relationships with his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The family would like to thank all those who searched for Joseph including the Coast Guard, Florida Fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Escambia Search and Rescue, KlaasKids Foundation, Florida Dive Pros, Brown Helicopter, Horak Airport, Lamar Advertising and countless friends and strangers who selflessly devoted their own time and resources.
Special thanks to our beloved parish family who have prayed endlessly and comforted our family in every way possible for these past weeks.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Catholic Student Union, Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More, P.O. Box 2334, Tallahassee, FL 32316-2334.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Friday, June 7 with rosary starting at 5:00 pm. Memorial Mass will begin at 10:00 am Saturday, June 8. All services will be held at the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, 10650 Gulf Beach Highway.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal from June 6 to June 8, 2013