John Joseph Kane, a longtime Galvestonian, died Sunday evening March 15th, 2009 at his residence in Galveston, Texas. Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 2:00 pm with Father John Bok celebrant. Visitation will commence on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a Catholic Rosary at 6:30 pm that evening.
John Joseph Kane
Carnes Brothers Funeral Home
Born February 6, 1922, John was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, he graduated from Kirwin High School 1938. He attended Notre Dame University and graduated from Texas A&M in 1947 as a Mechanical Engineer. As a Captain in the U.S. Army in WWII, he taught artillery and was active in the Reserve until 1957. John ran the family business, the Kane Boiler Works until 1961 when he moved to Monterrey, Mexico where he started a new business, Cerrey, S.A. a boiler manufacturing concern. He was active in writing the ASME Boiler Code for Mexico.
He moved back to Galveston in 1973 and started a new pipe manufacturing concern, Kane Industries, Inc. and was Chairman until 1986. In recent years John did extensive consulting as a professional Engineer in the field of windstorm stress and design.
John had many passions and hobbies and was always active in the community. He served on the Board of the Navigation District when the Pelican Island bridge was built. He also helped establish the Yeager Home for orphans. As friends of Bill, John and his wife Vicki helped the ADA home get started and supported its growth. He was very involved in various groups and sponsored many here on the island. Up until recently, John volunteered weekly at Our Daily Bread.
John’s passions extended from running the family orange orchard in Monterrey to hunting, fishing and especially sailing. He participated in many regattas and was a fixture in the sailing community. Captain John will be sorely missed. He was also an avid Astros fan, rarely missing a game.
John is predeceased by Vicki, his wife of 54 years, brothers William, Gerald and Tom, sisters Mary Frances and Alline. He is survived by his children, Cathy Hayward and husband Bob, Joe Kane and wife Mary, Jay Kane and wife Phyllis and Victoria Toler and husband Barney; grandchildren, Guicho Pons, Vicki Pons, Mary Clelie Lyons, John Kane, Joshua Kane, Meghan Graves, Erin Kane, Kane Toler and Ellis Toler; great grandchildren are Maya and Eli Graves; sisters, Anita Weiner and Margaret Segovia; other relatives and many friends.
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