Patricia Cane

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Patricia Ann Cane Patricia Cane was born on St. Patrick's Day and loved being Irish. She taught in the San Francisco and Oakland public schools. Fifth and sixth grades were her favorite classes. She had, as she described it, "a long love affair with the English language", even if this could be construed as somewhat elitist. (She insisted on having her students diagram sentences - long after the practice fell out of favor - and recite the poetry of William Butler Yeats.) She was beautiful and witty and had the Irish gifts of insight and intuition and emotional empathy. She had a knack for composing amusing, light verse and wrote funny poems for work and family occasions. She had an unfailing sense of herself and seldom hesitated to air her opinions, even if they were unconventional. She thought of herself as a thinker and an "unwritten writer".
She was the daughter of Mae McDermott and Joseph Earl Cane, the sister of Bill Cane, the mother of Charlie Patrick and Nora Ostrofe, the grandmother of Madeline Nora Bell, and the friend of many. We loved her.
There will be an informal memorial service to share our memories of her on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 11 AM - 1 PM at 441 Florence Avenue, Oakland, California and she will be buried at Mountain View cemetery in Oakland, California.
Any donations in her name may be made to further Alzheimer's research.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 4, 2013
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