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Thomas A. Kane, longtime English teacher <br> April 25, 1930 -- March 13, 2006

Thomas A. Kane, a longtime English teacher in the Lancaster School District, died Monday in Meadowcrest Hospital, New Orleans, after a short illness. He was 75.

Born in Mount Morris, Mr. Kane earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English from Geneseo State College, where he starred as a goalie on the school's soccer team.

He moved to Lancaster after college and taught English for 30 years in the Lancaster Central School District, most of his career at Lancaster Central High School, and retired in 1988. He also was a basketball referee for several years, officiating at games at St. Bonaventure University.

Mr. Kane, who loved the music, food and weather of New Orleans, moved to the Crescent City after his retirement.

Mr. Kane was a Korean War-era veteran of the Marine Corps, and rose to the rank of first lieutenant.

He played slow-pitch league softball for several years, specializing as a pitcher, and enjoyed crossword puzzles, and jazz and country music.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Pauline Kosty of New Orleans; two daughters, Mary Jo Ferguson of East Aurora and Katy Mertzlufft of Lancaster; three sons, Michael of Snellville, Ga., Patrick of Lancaster and Thomas of Sabillasville, Md.; and four grandchildren.


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