Retired Permanent Deacon James D. Kane, Sr. (1991) died on Wednesday morning, June 29, 2022, at 92 years of age. He is survived by his wife Mary, to whom he was married for of over 63 years. He is also survived by four children: Maryanne; James, Jr.; Margaret Mary; Ave Maria; and, two sisters Sr. Doris Kane, I.H.M., Kathleen Kane Vasko, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, plus two on the way.
Deacon Kane was ordained on June 2, 1991, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul by His Eminence, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua. He was assigned to Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Springfield, where he remained until his retirement in 2010.
Deacon Kane was born in Phoenixville, the son of the late John D. and Doris Kane (nee Piersol) and was the second oldest of eight children. He attended Saint Ann’s Catholic School, Phoenixville. Eventually, the family moved to Springfield, and Deacon Kane attended West Catholic High School for Boys, graduating in 1947. He then served in the United States Army for two years. He was later honorably discharged in 1949. Deacon Kane graduated from Villanova University in 1953 with a B.S. in Economics.
On October 11, 1958, Deacon Kane married Mary Theresa McCullough, and then raised four children in Springfield. Deacon Kane was self-employed as a Certified Public Accountant and general insurance agent. He eventually became president of his own pension planning business, Corporate Pension Planning, and worked from his home office until the age of 87.
Reception of the Body, evening prayer, and viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 136 Saxer Avenue, Springfield. A second viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, beginning at 10:00 AM, at Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 136 Saxer Avenue, Springfield, followed by short Vincentian Memorial Service and Words of Remembrance. Most Reverend John J. McIntyre will celebrate his Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at SS Peter and Paul Cemetery; 1600 S. Sproul Road, Springfield.