Deacon James Kane of St. Francis Parish dies at 92 – Catholic Philly

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Deacon James D. Kane Sr.

Retired Permanent Deacon James D. Kane Sr. died June 29 at the age of 92.

Born in Phoenixville, the son of the late John D. and Doris Kane (née Piersol), he was the second eldest of eight children. He attended St. Ann’s Catholic School in Phoenixville. The family later moved to Springfield, Delaware County and Deacon Kane attended West Catholic High School for Boys, graduating in 1947.

He then served in the US Army for two years. After his honorable discharge in 1949, he attended Villanova University from which he graduated in 1953 with a BS in economics.

He married Mary Theresa McCullough on October 11, 1958, and they raised four children in Springfield.

After training in the permanent diaconate program of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Deacon Kane was ordained by Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua on June 2, 1991 at the SS Cathedral Basilica. Peter and Paul. He was assigned to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Springfield where he remained until his retirement in 2010.

Deacon Kane was self-employed as a chartered accountant and general insurance agent. He eventually became president of his own retirement planning company, Corporate Pension Planning, and worked from his home office until he was 87.

He is survived by his wife Mary, to whom he was married for over 63 years. He is also survived by four children, Maryanne, James Jr., Margaret Mary and Ave Maria; and two sisters, Sister Doris Kane, IHM and Kathleen Kane Vasko; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, plus two to come.

The reception of the body, evening prayer and a visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 136 Saxer Avenue, Springfield. A second visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, July 6 beginning at 10 a.m., followed by a short Vincentian memorial service and words of remembrance.

Auxiliary Bishop John J. McIntyre will celebrate the funeral mass at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 1600 South Sproul Road, Springfield.

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