1942 - 2021
Henry J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home
56 Washington Street
Wellesley Hills, MA
KANE, Paul M. Beloved husband and father. Brilliant attorney and dedicated teacher. Paul M. Kane (79) of Wellesley, MA passed away Monday after a sudden brief illness. He will be remembered by all who knew him as a devoted husband, proud Naval Officer, doting father and grandfather who led by example and love, brilliant attorney, dedicated teacher, thoughtful mentor, and generous friend who brought loyalty and humor to those who had the privilege of knowing him. Born in Brighton, MA in 1942, he was a son of the late Martin Kane and Dorothy (Devereux) Kane. He was predeceased by his brother John. He was the devoted husband for 56 years to Ellen (Ennis) Kane, who was by his side when he peacefully passed away. He was the beloved father of Martin Kane (Amy) of Wellesley, Meg Middleton (John) of Bethesda, MD and Mary Liz Ganley (Joe) also of Wellesley. He was the adored "Buppers" to his six grandchildren, Ellen and Jack Middleton, Katherine and Marty Kane, and Maggie and Bobby Ganley. He spoiled every one of them. He was uncle to Christine Morganelli of Stoughton, MA, Marnee Saltalamacchia of Rhode Island, John Ennis of California, Patrick Ennis and Billy Ennis of Texas, and Joe Ennis and Erin Ennis of Somerville, MA. Paul graduated from Boston Latin School (1960), Boston College (A.B., 1964), and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1970). From 1964 to 1967 he served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy assigned during the Vietnam War as Operations Officer onboard the U.S.S. Tioga County LST 1158. Paul maintained lifelong friendships with so many of his classmates and fellow servicemen. Paul was the Senior Partner and Managing Principal of McGrath and Kane, a law firm in Boston. Throughout his career he represented clients in many high profile, high conflict cases before the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. He was widely regarded as a preeminent expert on issues of probate and family law and the valuation of closely held business entities. Paul was an Assistant Dean of Boston College Law School from 1970 to 1977. A lifelong educator, he taught at Boston College from 1970 through 2010, Suffolk University Law School from 2006 through 2016, and many continuing legal education programs and bar associations, where he delighted his audience with his presence, deep voice, humor and brilliant command of family law. As a member of the Committee on Curriculum Policy at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education for nearly 20 years, he drove continuing legal education to a high level of competency. Paul, and his late partner Robert F. McGrath, began the Family Law Trial Skills program, which continues to train scores of attorneys in the art of trial practice. As an attorney, Paul was welcome in any court room in Massachusetts. A model of civility and keen knowledge, he brought intellectual theory to the practice of family law. He was respected by both judges and attorneys. Trial practice and a command of the rules of evidence were his calling cards. No one could examine a witness as completely in a courtroom. Paul's conduct was above reproach, acting at all times with genuine civility. Since his knowledge was his power, he relied only on his complete preparation and research of issues, especially business valuation. The family law bar has lost a brilliant mind whose insistence upon and adherence to the highest standards of ethical and professional representation will be carried on at his firm. Paul was a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He was a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Family and Probate Inns of Court. Paul was a member of the Fellows of Boston College Law School and served as President from 1989 to 1992. He served as a member of the Board of Overseers, Boston College Law School since 2005. Since 2003, he served on the Board of Advisors of Senior Partners for Justice. Since 2009, he has served as a Member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee for Franciscan Children's. In 2010, Paul received The Scholar-Mentor Lifetime Achievement Award from M.C.L.E. In 2011, Paul was awarded The Gideon Trumpet Award (Commitment for Access to Justice) from Senior Partners for Justice and the Volunteer Lawyers Project. In 2012, Paul received The Holland Lifetime Achievement Award from Boston College Law School. Paul was very proud to be listed in the Irish Voice, and included in the Irish Legal 100, a compilation of the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share one common bond: pride in their Irish roots. Calling Hours will be held on Friday, September 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Road in Wellesley Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church on Saturday, September 18 at 11:00 am. Interment will be private. Masks are respectfully requested at the Calling Hours and Mass. For those unable to attend, an online guestbook is available to sign at The funeral will also be broadcast live via St. John the Evangelist Church at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Franciscan Children's Hospital, 30 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135 Henry J. Burke & Sons

Published by Boston Globe from Sep. 14 to Sep. 15, 2021.
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Calling hours
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
St. John the Evangelist Church
9 Glen Road , Wellesley Hills, MA
Mass of Christian Burial
St. John the Evangelist Church
9 Glen Road, Wellesley Hills, MA
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I knew Paul from the BC Legal Assistance Bureau, where Paul volunteered in its first two years, and served as its President in Year 2. I am not surprised that he went on to such an illustrious career and helped so many.
Janet Conn
September 26, 2021
My memories of Paul revolve around wonderful ones, along with our high-school chums from all around Brighton, MA, We played 'serious' games of flag-football in the street next to his home, on Oakland St. throughout those high-school years and I and those same friends, were blessed to see Paul and Ellen married at their wonderful wedding! We briefly bumped-into each other only on 2 more occasions in the next 25 years, before my work and career, with Our Lord's guidance, caused me and my family to leave MA for other opportunities and challenges in other wonderful states. I often thought of Paul and those wonderful times from Brighton, over the years and realized how 'rich we were' for such wonderful youthful friendships, whose memories transcend these years. May Our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, bless your families and keep your memories of Paul.. intact in your hearts always.
Paul J Lennon
September 23, 2021
Dear Marty, My heart goes out to you all. Having worked closely with Marty and Paul for over 8 years I witnessed first hand the brilliance, dignity and strength Paul exemplified. He will be missed dearly. With my deepest condolences and respect. Love, Paulette Rigo (Needham MA)
Paulette Gloria Rigo
September 17, 2021
Joe and Stacey Salusti
September 16, 2021
To Marty and the extended Kane family: Your dad is a great loss to the legal profession to his colleagues, and to the many clients he served so well. He appeared before me many times in the Norfolk Probate and Family Court always well prepared and a zealous advocate. He was the consummate professional, alway courteous to his opponent, to the court and to its staff. His sense of humor and twinkle of the eye was a joy to behold. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him.
Judge David Kopelman
September 15, 2021
To Ellen and the entire family....This is sad news and yet brings lots of wonderful memories of the Ennis/Kane families. Having grown up with the Ennis Family and watching my Family and the Kane Family, this is such sad news for me. Paul and Ellen were wonderful examples for their children and Paul was a brilliant attorney who gained respect from anyone and everyone who knew him.
Mary Bowers
September 15, 2021
Marty and the Kane family. It is with a heavy heart to hear the sad news of your Dads passing. God Bless you and your family.
Kristin Ahlberg
September 15, 2021
Patricia Annino
September 15, 2021
To the Kane Family: Please accept my deepest sympathies. I had the great pleasure of meeting Paul over 35 years ago, as a student Law Clerk with Judge Sweeney. Judge Sweeney wanted me to learn by watching great lawyers try cases, Paul was one of those lawyers. Paul was some one, who believed in giving back, I got to see his efforts at Franciscan Children's Hospital. He touched many lives in so many ways and each is the better for it. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Michael Sullivan
Michael Sullivan
September 15, 2021
From the time Paul was my undergraduate teacher at BC, sitting on his desk, leg crossed, revealing holes in the soles of his preppy loafers while his wife (with VERY soon-to-be baby on board) waltzed through his classroom in full Halloween costume; to being my Dean at Boston College Law School, where he invited me and other classmates to cocktail parties, Law Day dinners and Trustee events so we could rub shoulders and make connections with important alums; to ALWAYS taking a phonecall to explain a complicated tactical trial issue (even if the call was made from the back of the courtroom in the middle of a trial: mine or his) and even when he was my own attorney and taught me how to keep things in perspective and maintain dignity, ("Don't fight over the Waterford Mary, they still sell it in stores"), I credit Paul with starting and keeping me on the path to be a good, ethical, honorable,practical, hard-working lawyer and later Judge. He LOVED Ellen in the most irreverent of ways, and was awed by his kids, even when baffled by their politics. His grandchildren delighted him and though he professed that family events were full of chaos and madness, he dove into them delighted and unruffled. Paul was full of wit and wisdom, and of stories... and more stories.He was generous and funny and sarcastic and self-deprecating but not falsely humble, and he was so very, very smart. He delighted in the successes of others and didn't suffer fools. He wanted to hear your story more than needing to tell his own. I am the better for having known him.
Mary McCabe
September 15, 2021
We are heartbroken for you, Ellen, and all The Kane Family! We wish we could be with you at this most difficult time! Sending you our love and prayers! Ret. Sgt. Pete and Irma
Peter and Irma Cantilina and Family
September 14, 2021
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