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Henry J. Kane, Jr., 81, of Vernon, belvoved husband of Eleanor (Sullivan) Kane, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 6, 2018 at his home. Born in Hartford to the late Henry Sr. and Alice (Weir) Kane, he is survived by his wife Eleanor Kane of Vernon; his son Mark Kane and his wife Martha; his daughters, Tara Tomany and her husband Kevin, and Kerri Kane; and his grandchildren, Brennan and Liam Kane, and Meaghan and Daniel Tomany. He was the consummate engineer. He valued organization and order…until his family destroyed that for him. He loved his jazz- Ella, Errol Garner, George Shearing, the early work of Dave Brubeck and Benny Goodman. He also loved to sing…we loved to cover our ears. Musical solos would begin on the eve of Thanksgiving when he would start bellowing, completely off-key, “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.” Post Christmas season, he would welcome any opportunity to break into song, his two favorites were “Oh! My Papa,” and “I Had a Dream Dear. “ He played lacrosse and football when he was young. He loved playing golf with Stu Benson at Cranberry Golf Course in Harwich. He also loved WATCHING sports and he was an avid Red Sox and Cleveland Browns fan. He was a great help to the coaches of those teams, I’m certain they must have heard him yelling through the TV screen. He loved woodworking—building cabinets and cradles and play boxes for his grandchildren. He loved baking Christmas cookies, even the hard ones that took hours to decorate. He was a master of all games, except Scrabble. He hated Scrabble. He loved to play “Pig” with the gaggle of girls on the front porch in Harwichport. He also loved “Red Hands” and arm wrestling. Some of his favorite times were going out to breakfast on the Cape with the Watsons and the Bensons. He loved the homemade hash and maple sausage at the Red Cottage. Some of his best friends were his dogs…and he had quite a few. Our family was surrounded by dogs—Duffy, Ginger, Clancy, Lana, Buster, Raisin, Jackson, and Bigsby—they were part of the fabric of our life. A special thanks to his long-term friend, George Apel. After they retired, they met weekly to have coffee and undoubtedly correct all the wrong-doings in the world. As the years went by, those meetings were confined to Henry’s house. The conversation was not as humorous nor engaging, but George Apel still came. Thank you. Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Hartford Healthcare at Home, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

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