Dec. 6, 1938 – April 21, 2016
John V. Kane III, a Navy Reserve veteran and architect who spent summers at Crystal Beach, Ont., for decades, died April 21 at Westminster Towers & Shores, Bradenton, Fla., after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 77.
The Buffalo native graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1956 and was inducted into its Sports Hall of Fame for baseball in 2004. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture in 1961 from Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was in the Navy ROTC program. He was commissioned as a line officer after graduating and served aboard the USS Oklahoma City, operating from Long Beach, Calif., and the USS Taconic, from Norfolk, Va.
In 1965, Mr. Kane became affiliated with the Naval Reserve Program in Poughkeepsie. As captain, he assumed command of a Navy reserve unit in Davisville, R.I. Mr. Kane retired from the Navy in 1991.
After the Navy, Mr. Kane worked as an architect at Turley Stievater Walker Mauri in Poughkeepsie. He also maintained a private practice from 1975 to 1980. In 1978, he was awarded the NYSAA/AIA Excellence in Design for his work in the Poughkeepsie Community Development Facade Easement Program, which included rehabilitation of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Fountain. He was the architect partner of Hayward and Pakan Associates Engineers Architects Surveyors in Poughkeepsie from 1980 to his retirement in 2003.
Mr. Kane also was chairman of the Poughkeepsie Historic District and Landmarks Preservation Commission, and served on the board of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce. He also maintained memberships in the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, Poughkeepsie Rotary, and the Naval Reserve Association. He was a member of the Buffalo Canoe Club.
In 1980, Mr. Kane remodeled his family’s summer cottage in Crystal Beach; in 2002-04, he made it a year-round home. He enjoyed taking his 1956 17-foot mahogany Chris Craft on Lake Erie.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Dorothy Peck; a son, Michael; a daughter, Maureen Fyke; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered April 30 in St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at the Chapel of Westminster Towers, 1533 Fourth Ave., West Bradenton, Fla., in June.