John Kane

INTERVALE, N.H. — John Kane of Intervale, N.H. died on Oct. 25, 2011 after a generous and adventuresome 87 years.

Born in Montclair, N.J. on Nov. 22, 1923, Mr. Kane attended Deerfield Academy and Amherst College. As a juvenile, he attended summer camp in Maine, forming a lifelong love of the outdoors, especially hiking and sailing. When he returned from his service in Europe in World War II, where he was attached to the 9th Air Force, 371st fighter-bomber group, he settled in Lovell. There, he met his future wife, Elizabeth, and started a family. Among his numerous skills, Mr. Kane founded his own printing business, raised chinchillas, and collected and reproduced New England historical maps.

Mr. Kane was a family man, engaged in his children and grandchildren’s lives, whether hiking and camping throughout the White Mountains or exploring Kezar Lake, the coast of Maine, and beyond. He had the ability to create fun and adventure from limited resources, including building a houseboat and a camp from recycled materials.

The family later moved to Fryeburg, where Mr. Kane operated Saco Valley Printing and cultivated raspberries in a pick-your-own business. A lover of jazz and classical music, John, in his later years, especially enjoyed listening to his daily concert.

Mr. Kane embraced life to its fullest. A lover of nature, music, and humankind, he engaged loved ones and friends with heartfelt humor and honesty.

In addition to his wife of nearly 60 years, Elizabeth, John leaves three daughters, Leslie Kane of Intervale, N.H., Ellen Soroka of Athens, Ohio and Shelly Moore of Lynchburg, Va.; son Lawrence of Springvale; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH.

The service for Mr. Kane will be private.

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