Joseph Francis Kane

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Feb 12, 1930 – Jul 11, 2020 (Age 90)


February 12, 1930
July 11, 2020
Portsmouth, New Hampshire


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PORTSMOUTH - Joseph Francis Kane, 90, died Saturday, July 11, 2020 in Boston, Mass., following complications after surgery. Joseph, son of the late M. Joseph and Ruth Langdon Kane was born in Hartford Connecticut on February 12, 1930.
Joseph attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Conn., and The Abbey School in Simsbury, Conn. Mr. Kane graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1952 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
After college Mr. Kane served in the United States Navy for three and a half years. Upon graduating Officers Candidate School, he joined the USS Power, a destroyer in the Atlantic Fleet. After his service in the Navy, he joined the Michael Kane Brick Company in Middletown, Connecticut, founded by his grandfather Michael Kane in 1873. In 1962 Mr. Kane established The Kane-Gonic Brick Corporation in Gonic N.H. His company was one of the foremost manufacturers of waterstruck antique brick in New England. Kane-Gonic brick was an esthetic standard for the Boston region, and included projects at the Boston Museum of Science, and Harvard University and MIT campuses, and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. After selling The Kane-Gonic Brick Corporation, Mr. Kane joined his family at The Kane Company, a commercial/industrial real estate firm in Portsmouth, N.H., until he died.
In addition to his professional career, Mr. Kane played a significant role in many non-profits and charitable causes. In the 1970's he raised money for the Boys Club of America in Rochester, N.H., for the construction of a hockey arena. He was a long-time supporter of the St. Charles Children's Home in Rochester, and a member of the Knights of Malta. An avid golfer, Mr. Kane joined the board of the New Hampshire Golf Association (NHGA) in 2005 and served as President from 2015 - 2016. He was instrumental in bringing the US Junior Amateur to The Golf Club of New England. Prior to that event the USGA had never hosted a national championship in New Hampshire. In 2019, the NHGA established an award in his honor entitled The Joe Kane Distinguished Service Award. In addition to his work with the NHGA, Mr. Kane was a United States Golf Association rules official and served on the US Senior Amateur Golf Committee. He was a member of The Kittansett Club, The Golf Club of New England, as well as the Cocheco Country Club. His past memberships included The Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda and Royal Liverpool Golf Club Hoylake, England.
Mr. Kane leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Jean Mulville Kane of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; his sister Mary Alexandra Kane of Boston, Mass.; his three sons, Michael and his wife Jamee of North Hampton, N.H., John and his wife Bodine of Miami, Fla., Joseph Kane Jr. of New York City, and his daughter, Lesley Szynal and her husband Rene of Annapolis, Md. Mr. Kane leaves behind five grandchildren, Alexandra and John Szynal, Carter, Addison, and Grace Kane.
SERVICES: A private funeral mass is scheduled at Corpus Christi Parish.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the St. Charles School in Rochester, and the charitable fund established in his name at the New Hampshire Golf Association.

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Cally and I send our deepest sympathies to the entire Kane family. Joe was a dear friend and one of my heroes. It took me years to figure out how old he was since he absolutely refused to divulge, at least to me, what the number might have been.

To me he was, and will continue to always be, timeless in his demeanor and love of life. I will miss our frequent conversations - and his endless supply of very tasteful jokes???

Our best wishes and prayers to you all.

Dear Jean, Michael & John,
I'm so saddened to hear of Joe's sudden passing. I was surprised to learn that he was 90 years old. His energy, spirit and enthusiasm were those of a much younger man. He always treated me like a son and I'm thankful for the relationship we had. Rest in Peace Joe. You'll be greatly missed. Sincerely, Chris Snow, Rye NH

I was very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. My brother Jamie said this already, but he was larger than life to our family growing up. He was also my Godfather. Joe was always available to lend professional advice and I leaned on him several times through the years. I always looked forward to our conversations even though they diminished some the last several years. Joe was the ultimate storyteller with his booming voice and laugh. This was evident at my Uncle Brads funeral a few years back,...

To the Kane family; I had the pleasure of meeting Joe, as my organization was a tenant in Commerce Way. He was a gregarious gentleman and we made an immediate connection. In our conversations, he found out I was a RPI graduate as well, and we talked a lot about the many things we had in common.

Joe was one of those individuals that one never forgets meeting.

My sympathies to all Joes family and friends.

Sincerest sympathies,
Bill Woodward

Joe was was a wonderful fun loving kind man. He will be missed by all. My deepest condolences to the whole family

Joe was a wonderful, kind, loving man. Our heart breaks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time.

Mr. Kane,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the USN during the Cold War as a Tin Can Sailor on the Destroyer USS Power(DD-839). And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

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To the entire Kane Family:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this extremely difficult time. We are thinking of you and sending our love.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure; We are sharing in your sadness as you remember Joe.

Dave, Adreanna + The Entire Spezzaferro Family