James William Kane Jr., 85, of Bryn Mawr, died Saturday, February 18, 2012 at Bryn Mawr Hospital from complications due to pneumonia. A World War II veteran and recipient of the Bronze Medal, he was one of the last survivors of the 69th Infantry Division advanced forces that met the Russians at the Elbe River in Germany in 1945, and attended the division's reunion in Torgau, Germany on the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II in 1995.
A Chicago native, he moved to Philadelphia in 1939 and graduated from St. Joseph's Prep in 1944 and St. Joseph's College in 1950. He began his sales career at Connelly Container before joining Oxford Container Corp. from which he retired as a Sales Manager at age 77.
Mr. Kane was a long time member of Overbrook Golf Club , the Knights of Columbus, and the Columbus Social Club.
In 1950, he married the former Mary Elizabeth Crane, whom he met on the steps of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, when they were in eighth grade. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Betty Kane Daily, three daughters, Helen Kane, Marcella Kane Rodgers, and Jeanne Kane Zaykowski, and a son, James W. Kane III; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Betty Kane.
Known for his gregarious personality and kind demeanor, Mr. Kane was beloved by his many friends, fellow golfers, and business associates. His family always remained foremost in his life, and he delighted in spending time with them at home or at the Jersey shore. He had a truly generous spirit and was always available to lend a helping hand.
Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Denis Church, 2401 St. Denis Lane, Havertown. Viewing is scheduled on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday morning 8:30 to 9:30 AM at Stretch Funeral Home, 236 E. Eagle Road, Havertown.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for St. Joseph's Preparatory School, 1733 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19130, or St. Edmonds Home for Children, 320 S. Roberts Road, Bryn Mawr, Pa
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