Richard Patrick (Dick) Kane of Salem Turnpike Bozrah, formerly of Lebanon, died on April 2, 2022 at the age of 92. The youngest of three sons and one daughter, he was born on August 8, 1929, in Norwich, to the late James J. Kane, Sr. and Marion L. (Thorpe) Kane. Mr. Kane was married to the late Elizabeth J. (Betty) LeBlanc on June 13, 1953 at St. Mary’s Church in Norwich by the late Rev. Father George J. Donahue. Mrs. Kane passed away on April 3, 2002.
He is survived by three children; Diane M. Kane-Fournier (Mark) of Noank; James J. Kane (Kelley) of Waterford, and Susan P. Kane (Ann Bazinet) of Norwich. He has five grandchildren, Sarah (Fournier) and Jason Hillman of Noank, Lindsey (Kane) and Joshua Vidas of Lebanon, Kelsey A. Fournier of New London, Conor J. Kane of Waterford, and Daniel R. Kane of Pembroke, ME. He was overjoyed to spend time with his great grandchildren Joshua M. and Aubrey E. Hillman of Noank. He also has several nieces and nephews who survive him, especially his name-sake and nephew, Richard P. (wife Susan H.) Kane of Lebanon. Mr. Kane was predeceased by his two brothers James J. Kane Jr., John D. Kane, and his sister, Mary (Kane) Baillargeon.
Mr. Kane attended St. Mary’s School in Norwich and Norwich Free Academy. Upon graduation from NFA (’47), he enlisted in the Regular Army for three years, specifically for duty with the 82nd Airborne Division as a member of the famed 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and served during the Korean Conflict. Shortly after his discharge from the Army, Mr. Kane enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for four years in the Destroyer Forces afloat, also during the Korean Conflict.
Following his military service, Mr. Kane studied Electrical Engineering at what is now the University of Hartford and at Villanova University. Mr. Kane’s employment career was heavily involved with computer system development in both hardware and software. He was employed by the Burroughs Corporation, IBM, and the Computer Lab at General Dynamics, Electric Boat in Groton.
During the late 1960’s, Mr. Kane was a member of the faculty at the University of Rhode Island and a visiting lecturer in Computer Science at Providence College. Following his university affiliation, Mr. Kane served as a senior staff member of a software consulting and development practice and then began a career as a corporate executive in the Computer Science Department of the Travelers Insurance Company. Mr. Kane retired from the Hartford Insurance Group as a Vice President in 1997.
Dad enjoyed traveling throughout Europe, with one of his favorite destinations being Ireland. He was very proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed a “finger or two” of red wine and a wee bit of Jameson’s every now and then. He and Betty visited Switzerland and Austria several times with their favorite travel companions, Fred and Rita Sabine, Betty’s sister and brother-in-law. As the grand children grew, there were trips to Disney World, Vancouver, Prince Edward Island, the von Trapp family Lodge and a family cabin in Maine to name a few. Dad was a voracious reader, self-proclaimed history buff, and a life-long Red Sox fan.
Mr. Kane was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 594); the 82nd Airborne Division Association; the 504th Parachute Infantry Association; the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, and a Life Member of the BPO Elks (No. 430).
The family would like to thank the staff at Elmbrook Village for their compassionate care and Hartford Healthcare at Home Hospice Care for their assistance during Dad’s final journey.
The Cummings-Gagne Funeral Home, 82 Cliff Street in Norwich, is in charge of arrangements.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Norwich on April 8, 2022 at 1:00 pm, with interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery with military honors. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Place 120 Cliff St. Norwich, CT 06360.