Alfred William "Bill" Kany Jr.
1931 - 2019
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SACO - Alfred William "Bill" Kany Jr., 88, of Ferry Road, passed away Sunday Aug. 4, 2019 at the Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford with his family by his side. 

Bill was born in New York City, May 5, 1931, the son of Dr. Alfred W. Kany Sr. and Dorothy Hurd Sawyer. 

He attended local schools and Thornton Academy, and graduated from Hebron Academy in 1950. Bill then enrolled in the Saco Lowell Training and Management program and graduated in 1955. 

In 1954, Bill married Anne J. Baker at the West Scarborough Methodist Church. 

Bill was in manufacturing for years including working at Saco Lowell/ Maremont as a manager, later plant superintendent for W. H. Nichols Co. and finally as president of Lund Manufacturing. Bill then became president of Saco and Biddeford Savings and ended his working career as chairman of the board for Saco and Biddeford Savings. 

Mr. Kany's community involvement was significant. He was a member and former Deacon of First Parish Congregational Church of Saco UCC, president of the Biddeford Saco Chamber of Commerce, president of the Saco Business Association, member of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club and Saco Masonic Lodge, where he was a 50-year member. He founded Saco Spirit.

Bill chaired capital campaigns for Sweetser Services and Thornton Academy and spearheaded the creation and funding of York County Community College. He helped fundraise for Mary's Walk for many years.

For his service in the development of York County Community College, he received an honorary degree in 2002 and had the endowment fund named after him in 2009.

Mr. Kany enjoyed skiing, golf, boating, and travel with family and friends. He was happiest at the cottage at Mt. Abram. 

Bill was predeceased by his brother, Robert W. Kany. 

Survivors include his wife, Anne, of 65 years of marriage of Saco; two daughters, Melissa Kany and her partner, Roger of Saco and Susan Kany and her partner, Bill of Cambridge, Mass., and a son, William Kany and his wife, Holly of Saco; three grandchildren, Will, Andy and Erin Kany. 

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, August 9, at First Parish Congregational Church of Saco, UCC, 12 Beach Street, Saco. The Rev. Dr. Burton Howe will officiate. 

Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home and Cremation 365 Main St, Saco is entrusted with his arrangements. A private family burial will at the family plot at Laurel Hill Cemetery will follow a church reception. 

Memorial donations may be made in Bill's honor to the A. William Kany Jr. and Anne Kany Endowment Fund at the

York County

Community College 

112 College Drive 

Wells, ME 04090 

or to

Thornton Academy's Annual Fund 

438 Main Street

Saco, ME 04072  

 

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Published in Journal Tribune on Aug. 7, 2019.
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August 9, 2019
I'm so very sorry to read of Bill's passing. He was one of my favorite people. He was always ready with a smile. I'll miss seeing him.
Cindy Winden ( with Nordx)
August 8, 2019
Mel my deepest condolences to YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

PETER JEFFERY
peter jeffery
August 8, 2019
Our deepest sympathy for passing of your father. He has made such an impact in the not only local area but all of York County with his participation in the development of York County Community College
Donna & Michael Dion
August 8, 2019
Dear Anne and family,
I am saddened to learn of Bill's passing. He was near and dear to me during Mary's Walks' first decade. I met with Bill and other volunteers seeking corporate support. He was earnest, dedicated, had a warm smile and a good sense of humor. Bill was a true role model for giving back, something I'll always remember.
Sincerely,
Susan Rowan
August 7, 2019
Dear Susan and Family: My thoughts, and those of my Harvard University colleagues, are with you all this week. Please hang in there and know that we're all thinking of you. -Mark
Mark Gerstel
August 7, 2019
I was saddened to learn of Bill's passing. Bill was a community leader, a friend, and a gentleman. I had the pleasure of working with Bill for 18 years at York County Community College. He was known as the "Father of YCCC" because of his efforts in helping to create YCCC and providing higher education in York County. The County and the State of Maine have lost a true inspiration.
John Rainone
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