Thomas F. Kane Jr.
Kane, Thomas F. Jr., of Cranston passed away Friday, April 15th, surrounded by the love of family and dear friends. He was the son of the late Thomas F. Kane Sr. and Doris M . (Ellerbeck) Kane. He was a loving husband to wife Donna and an exceptionally devoted father and friend to his daughter Meghan and son Thomas. He is also survived by his brother Stephen and sister-in-law Lorraine, six nieces and nephews, brother-in-law Joseph Earley, close family friend Robin Lynch, and Richard Smith, Tom’s best friend of over 50 years. He was predeceased by his sisters Paula M. Earley and Barbara J. Kane. Tom was an educator in the Cranston Public Schools for 31 years, first as an elementary and special education teacher and then as a guidance counselor. During the latter part of his tenure he served as Chair of the Guidance Department at Western Hills Middle School. He touched the lives of countless students with his genuine concern for their well-being and achievement. He was a loyal member of the Jamestown Penguin Club for 27 years. Each year on New Year’s Day he waded into the frigid waters of Mackeral Cove, accompanied by his daughter, son, and nephews to benefit Special Olympics. In 1996, as Excelsior, he had the privilege of leading his fellow penguins with whom he enjoyed a special bond. He shared with his son an interest in antique cars, attending countless car shows as well as owning a variety of makes and models. To know Tom was to be in the company of a man of utmost integrity, compassion and wit. He approached all aspects of his life with a firm sense of commitment and a determination to find humor even in difficult situations. His funeral will be held on Tuesday April 26th at 8:45am from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Matthew Church 15 Frances Avenue Cranston at 10:00am. Burial with Military Honors will be in St. Ann Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00-8:00pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island 1085 North Main Street Providence, RI 02904 in appreciation of the outstanding care provided to Tom during his illness.
Ryan Earley - 04/22/2011
Uncle Tom will be missed at every family gathering. His spirit for family has left an indelible mark in my own life.
All my love and support to Auntie Donna, Meg and Tommy.
Ryan, Elisa, Britney and Ethan
Shannon Iamarone - 04/22/2011
We all miss Uncle Tom so much. That cockeyed, sarcastic smirk will always make me laugh! What a passionate, caring guy...
Shannon, Scott and Marin
Mr.& Mrs. Arthur Magno - 04/23/2011
Dear Kane Family,
We are sorry for your loss.
Jennifer Andreozzi - 04/23/2011
My deepest sympathies to Meghan, Tommy and Tom's wife, Donna. I worked with Tom at WHMS and am so saddened to hear of his passing. Tom was a great guy and I know just how very much he loved both Meghan and Tommy. I will never forget seeing both Tom and Tommy every Father's Day at the Portsmouth Abbey Car Show. This I'm sure was such a special day for the both of you. My sincere condolences to you all.
Jenn and Matt Andreozzi
Mr. and Mrs. William Colleran - 04/23/2011
We were so fortunate to have known this very special man. Our deepest sympathies to Donna, Tommy and Meghan and the entire Kane family. He will be missed.
Bill and Julie Colleran
Anne Favali - 04/23/2011
Iam so sorry for your loss. Tom was a one of a kind. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Deb Marciano - 04/23/2011
I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Tom and Donna as wonderful paretns to my second grade student, Meghan, then to guidance counselor to my son. I was sad to hear of Tom's passing and will keep you all in my thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Wishing you peace, Deb Marciano
Brendan C. Kane - 04/23/2011
I will miss you "GOD DAD".....the plunge, Thanksgiving and the many more moments shared each year will never be the same! He made an impact on my life.
Rachel Volante - 04/23/2011
I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a great person and will never be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. If you need anything Donna, Tom or Meghan my mom and I am here for you.
Jared, Erin and Joey Earley - 04/23/2011
Uncle Tom was so special to us and unique. Forever grateful for the love he gave his family. We will miss you greatly. Thank you for all of the laughs and good times.
Jim and Joan Prior - 04/23/2011
Our deepest sympathy to Donna, Tom, and Meghan. We will miss you greatly Tom but you and your son have certainly touched our lives at all the car shows. Thanks for the memories and your great sense of humor. You will always have a place in our hearts.
Angela Bedetta - 04/23/2011
We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a wonderful gentleman and co-worker at Western Hills Guidance Office. His keen sense of humor and kindness was evident to all who had the opportunity to know him. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family.
Brandon Luciano - 04/23/2011
Over the 15+ years that the average person spends as a student, there are always a small handful of educators that stand out amongst the many. Mr. Kane was one of those precious few for me. I was always impressed by how he could find a way to relate to every student. We used to have conversations as if we were life-long friends, and I was barely 13! I will always remember him as a man that I could confide in and look up to. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Kane family during this tough time.
Jean Salisbury (WHMS) - 04/23/2011
Dear Tommy, Meghan and Donna,
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your father and husband. My memories of Tom are of a devoted father and husband whose family was the joy of his life. He was always smiling and I will remember him with a smile on my face every Jauary 1st, when the Penguin's take their annual plunge. Tom was one in a million and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Rev. Diane Tambaschi - 04/23/2011
We have the family in our prayers. God's love, comfort, and blessing to you.
Karen (Schenck) Harris - 04/24/2011
Having been a childhood friend of Tom's sister, Barbara, I have many fond memories of "Terry"...always so kind and a wonderful smile. My sympathies to all.
Mr.Joseph & Paula Fougere - 04/24/2011
Our unfortunate loss for us in not being able to know him but I know from the loving daughter who is like one of our own we are fortunate that she can into our lives thru our children who consider Meghan their best friend, for years she's been part of all our lives. Within her, we know what a wonderful man and father he was. Meghan is a wonderful daughter,caring,loving,loyal and a special friend.Your Dad Was Very Proud of you.
Rejoice in his life & love. Good Bless.
Bob Walsh - 04/24/2011
Donna,Tom & Meghan,
Gloria and I are very sorry for your loss. Tom (cousin "Terry")was a good and fun person. We didn't get to see him often enough in recent years and my memories of him as a child at family gatherings or at the beach are snapshots of an energetic full of life person. May he be at peace with God.
Lori Lawrence - 04/24/2011
Tom will be missed. What a comfort to his family and me to know that he is in the arms of Jesus. Love you Tom.
Christopher Vallot - 04/24/2011
Dear Kane Family,
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Tom. As countless others can attest to,he was so much to many. I can not begin to repay Mr. Kane for being there for me at WHJH. He was my guidance counselor,friend and mentor.He was always there when I needed someone to listen.He always told me the truth even if it wasn't what I wanted to hear. I will certainly do my best to honor him and his memory in my life. Thank You Mr. Kane.
Jann Murray O'Leary - 04/25/2011
Donna, Stephen, Lorraine, all the children in the Kane family,
You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of Tom...always Terry to me. He has left you too soon, and I know he will be deeply missed.
Janet Speakman Mattias - 04/25/2011
My deepest sympathy to you Donna and all of your family. Tom and I were classmates at St. Matthews and I always look forward to seeing the both of you at reunions. Sorry I can't be in RI at this time, but you are in my thoughts and prayers. God's peace be with you.
Lauren Santos - 04/25/2011
Dear Kane family,
My most heartfelt sympathy to you all. This is a beautifully written tribute to a man I was privileged to meet on a few occasions, and wish I could have known better. Wishing you all peace and comfort during this difficult time.
Jioanne DiBona - 04/25/2011
Memebers of the Kane Family, I am very sorry to learn of "MR KANES'S PASSING. My association with TOM began at westen hills jr high when my son john was a student there and was found in grade 7 to have a learning disability which had gone undetected and as his guidance counselor he took more than the GUIDANCE COUNSELOR INTEREST IN HIM. When I showed him the picture and he read it the FIRST THING HE SAID WAS MR. KANE WAS THE RIRST PERSON WHO TOLD ME TO BELEIVE IN MY DREAM OF WANTING TO BECOME A SPORTBROADCASTER AND AS LONG AS I ALWAYS COULD SAY THAT IDID MY BEST AND TRIED MY HARDEST I WOULD SUCCEED. My son is 30 a college graduate and even though he isnt in sports (still his Dream) he works in District Court system using his communications degree and your fathers words have stayed with hm all these years. My own thought of MR KANE is when idid volunteer work at the jr high and on ST. PATRICKS day made IRISH BREAD and brought it into share with the office staff. I continued his traditon of bringing him his own loaf even after my son had left westrn hills. I am truly sorry for your loss of such a great man and although i intended on paying my respects to him i have had a death in my own immediate family that prevents me from doing this.. he was truly a great man, agood friend and dedicated teacher to those students who were fortunate to have his guidance.
Anne Smith - 04/25/2011
I am sorry for your loss. Tom and I were classmates at St.Matthew's.It was wonderful to read the many tributes posted here to him, I hope you will find comfort in them.I live out of state, so will not be able to atttend his service.
Nancy Garnett-Thomas - 04/25/2011
What a shock to hear of Tom's passing. What a vibrantly funny and charming man he was......and his office FULL of photos of his cars!!!!!! I'll never forget his mischievous grin and his absolutel love for his family. Thinking of you at this time.
Jackie Venticinque (Correra) - 04/25/2011
To the Kane Family,
I want to extend my deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of such a great man. I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Kane back in 1972, when he became my 5th grade student teacher at Stadium School in Cranston. He was just so talented, and was a person who was always fair, and had a way of getting across to young students. After many years I had the opportunity of running into to him at our Church "St. Matthews", it was so good to talk with him, and the best part of our meeting was he actually remembered me by name; as one of his students. That to me is a gift that he had. I know he will be missed, by all who knew him.
May God give you the strength, and courage to get through this most difficult time. You can be assured that you have an angel watching over you now, and may he rest in peace with the Lord. So long Mr. Kane it was wonderful to have met you in my lifetime. With Deepest Sympathy
Paula Moran - 04/26/2011
I just learned of Tom's death. My sincerest sympathies to you, Lorraine and Steven, and to all of his loved ones.
Patricia Bergantino (MHRH) - 04/26/2011
My deepest sympathy to you Donna and your family. Tom was a wonderful man and exceptional teacher. I am happy that I had the chance to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
A friend - 08/12/2011
Tommy - Your dad instilled all the great things that a father and friend should be. You will carry this on to your son. He is in your heart and spirit.
Robin Martin gamroth - 04/16/2015
To all the kane family , I had Mr kane when I was in whjh as be was my special ed teacher. I moved to Oregon many years ago and I always wanted to see how Mr kane was doing. He helped me so much never gave up oN me. Please except me apologies for this late response. May God keep you close. Mr kane was the best.