Charles R. “Charlie” Kane

July 4, 2011

U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

CHARLES R. “CHARLIE” KANE- in Woburn, Monday,July 4th, beloved husband of the late Avis (VanPopple) Kane and Margaret M. (Kelliher) Kane. Devoted father of Susan Coleman and her husband Robert of Tewksbury, Charlene Higonenq and her husband Christophe of Melrose and Michael R. Kane and his wife Laurie of Woburn. Dear brother of Barbara Kane of Natick, Margaret “Peg” MacDonald of Portsmouth,NH and the late Dorothy Pepe. Cherished grandfather of four grandchildren, Siobhan Coleman, Taylor Kane, Charlie and Caroline Higonenq. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 7th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mr. Kane’s memory to the Minuteman Senior Services, Meals on Wheels, 24 Third Ave., Burlington, MA 01803.

OBITUARY:

Charles R. Kane passed away at the Lahey Clinic, Monday morning, July 4th, after a brief illness. The beloved husband of the late Margaret (Kelliher) and Avis (VanPopple) Kane, he was eighty seven years of age.

Born in Newton, he was the only son of four children born to the late Michael T. and Margaret (Sullivan) Kane. Raised in Newton, he was a graduate of Newton High School. Following high school Mr. Kane served his country proudly in the United States Army. He served during the DDay+17 at Normandy, Northern France and Central Europe. Being an athletic person during his time in the Army he played on the baseball team, which had games all over Europe.

Following the service Mr. Kane or “Charlie” as he was affectionately known to all, began working at the Watertown Arsenal, where he met Avis VanPopple. He was a machinist there and Avis worked as a crane operator. In 1949 they were married and moved to Medford where they remained. Together they brought into the world three wonderful children, of whom he always has been most proud. Sadly in 1965 Avis passed away, and the oldest child, was five years old. Charlie dedicated himself to raising his children and later in the sixties he was introduced to Margaret Kelliher to whom he later married and shared his life with for over the next thirty seven years. He moved to Woburn in 1970, where he has continued to live. Together they had always been extremely active in raising and participating in all of the children’s academic, social, and sporting events.

He also maintained his professional career at the Charlestown Navy Yard, in Personnel. When the Shipyard closed the offices, they were moved to Boston where he had maintained his Management position at the US Office of Personnel. After working for forty two years with the government Charlie retired and began travelling with his wife. They had the wonderful opportunity of travelling all over the world from the tip of Italy to the tip of Florida, over to California and many of the states in between. Grandchildren began arriving and they were most attentive to all four grandchildren’s hobbies, interests, and sporting events. “Papa” or “grandpa” was very involved and shared a very special relationship with each of them.

Charlie was also an avid golfer, and when he retired was able to devote more time travelling from course to course. He was also quite the history buff having a keen interest in maps and geography. When he had time Charlie always would enjoy a good Red Sox game. He also was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.

A gentle man, Charlie had a presence about him, that would just warm a room when he entered. He was a very quiet, unassuming man with a wonderful sense of humor, which continued through the years. Throughout his life time he was the most solid, dependable and loving man , not only to his own family, but to his nieces and nephews. His kind heart, generous spirit and positive out look on life has left the Kane family and all those who knew Charlie, with a smile forever in their hearts.

In addition to his parents, Charlie was sadly predeceased by his late wife Avis (VanPopple) Kane and Margaret M. (Kelliher) Kane and his sister, Dorothy Pepe.

He is lovingly survived by his children, Susan Coleman and her husband Robert of Tewksbury, Charlene Higonenq and her husband Christophe of Melrose and Michael R. Kane and his wife Laurie of Woburn, his sisters, Barbara Kane of Natick, Margaret “Peg” MacDonald of Portsmouth,NH, his grandchildren, Siobhan Coleman, Taylor Kane, Charlie and Caroline Higonenq, and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Thursday, July 7th at 9:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Charles Church, 280 Main St., Woburn at 10. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mr. Kane’s memory to the Minuteman Senior Services, Meals on Wheels, 24 Third Ave., Burlington, MA 01803

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  1. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I worked with Charlie for a number of years at the Office of Personnel Management. He was a wonderful friend and mentor. He always had a smile on his face.

    With sympathy,
    Anna Leitao

  2. Our deepest sympathies to you Sue, Bob, Siobhan and all your family. We pray that sweet memories of your Father and GrandFather will hold and comfort you now and always. May you know we send healing prayers, deepest sympathies and loving hugs, Love Martine & Tony

  3. Our condolences to all his children and grandchildren who will greatly miss him as we will. He would always have a smile anytime we came and some funny stories. He also loved his kitchen tv for his music stations. Never a frown,always smiling called us lone ranger and tonto. Anything we can do please don”t hesitate to call.
    Helen Downing

  4. Charlene,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing.
    You and your family are in my thoughts as I’m sure all the wonderful memories you share of your dad are in yours.
    With my sympathy,
    Sue Wolski

  5. We will miss Charlie so much, he was a wonderful friend.
    Our deepest sympathy and love to Susan, Charlene, Michael and your families.

    Lee, Karen, and Taylor Stock

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