Kane, Raymond GREENVILLE Raymond "Ray" Paul Kane, born on May 6, 1937 in Cornwall was surrounded by loved ones as he passed away peacefully on January 25, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Ray, the son of George and Lydia Kane, grew up in Newburgh and served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958. Following his service, Ray worked for the Firth Carpet Company in Firthcliff, where he met Joan McNamara. They were married in 1961. While working for Firth, Ray and Joan transferred to Laurens, S.C. for a year and welcomed their first son, Brian. They moved to North Plainfield, N.J. in 1962 with Alexander Smith Carpet Company and remained there for five years through the birth of three more children, Raelene, Darlene and Christopher. In 1968, Ray and his growing family relocated once again with Mohasco Industries to Diamond Bar, Calif., where they welcomed their fifth child, Shannon. While in California, Ray took a position with Allied Food Service as their West Coast distibution manager. After residing on the West Coast for six years, Ray and Joan decided to move back east so that their children could get to know their extended family. They settled in Greenville. Ray started working for Wolberg Electric in 1974 as operations manager, retiring in 2000. Ray and Joan's love of traveling continued after retirement as they became fulltime RV'ers. They spent 10 years traveling extensively across the country visiting with friends and family along the way. One of their favorite things to do was to volunteer at Big Bend National Park in Texas as camp hosts for Cottonwood Campground. While traveling was a passion for Ray, his family was always top priority. Whether coaching basketball or Little League or as a Boy Scout leader, Ray was always a part of their lives. His kids reminisce about how no matter what the function was at school or outside, Mom and Dad were always there. Once his kids were gone he transferred this passion to his grandchildren. Ray's other interest included horses, the American West, reading and singing anything from the oldies, especially the Rat Pack favorites. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joan Kane; five children and their spouses, Brian (Traci) Kane, Raelene (Rob) Bond, Darlene (George) Ward, Christopher (Karin) Kane and Shannon (Donald) Smith; 10 grandchildren, George and Lauren Ward, Ryan (Karen) and Raeann Bond, Brittani and Erin Kane, Kelly and Doris Kane and DJ and Emma Smith; his siblings, Bonnie Melvin, Betsy Rodgers, Borden Davis, Richard Davis and RoseMarie Dunning, and many loved cousins. Ray was predeceased by his parents, George and Lydia Kane; brother, Fred Dunning and many loved aunts and uncles. Calling hours will be on Friday, January 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at A. J. Cunningham Funeral Home, 4898 State Route 81 in Greenville. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 1 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Immediately following we will proceed to Hannacroix Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations to the Stratton V.A. Medical Center, Medical Oncology Division, 113 Holland Ave., Albany, NY 12208 will be appreciated. Light a candle at ajcunninghamfh.com.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Jan. 28, 2014