John Thomas Kane, 82 of Manasquan, completed his work here on Earth and passed peacefully at Trustbridge Hospice Center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. “Tom” as he was known, was a beloved and active resident of Four Seasons at Wall. Tom was born in the Bronx on June 14, 1937. He was a St. John Baptist De La Salle Christian Brother for 12 years, and during that time he held the position of teacher and principal in several schools in NYC and the Bronx. After leaving the Brothers, he worked as a drug counselor at the Riverdale Mental Health Clinic. He returned to education as a Counselor/Vice Principal in Fort Lee, and Principal in Nyack, Fair Lawn, and River Vale NJ. He was very dedicated and passionate about Middle Level education and served as President for both the New York State and New Jersey Middle Level Education Associations. He was recently inducted into the New York State Middle School Hall of Fame. A proud Brother, loving husband, and retired, but lifelong educator, his faith, conviction, and character was unbreakable and evident to all who knew him. An avid writer and author, he shared his passion, wisdom, and experience of middle school education with fellow educators, and enjoyed sharing his quick wittedness in the countless articles he wrote for “The Voice”-the newsletter for the community in which he resided. A natural leader and perpetual organizer, he held numerous board positions and chaired countless committees for causes and purposes he was devoted to. A gentle, dignified, and compassionate man, he put such love and care into everything, and everyone he touched, and exceeded at the tasks he chose to commit his time and attention to.
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He is survived by his wife, Barbara, who he met while working in Fort Lee. In their 33 years of marriage, they enjoyed traveling, going to Broadway shows, and spending time with their many friends. They enjoyed splitting their time between the Jersey shore, and the beautiful and sunny reprieve they found in Florida during the winter months. Tom is also survived by his sister, Betty and her husband Thomas Meli, Sr., niece Mary Alice Gianni and her husband Thomas, nephew Tom Meli, Jr. and his wife Jackie as well as a great nephew and two great nieces TJ Gianni, Amber Gianni and Caitlyn Meli and Shane Svorec who was a former student of Tom’s and became a daughter one could only wish to have. Preceded in death are his mother and father, Mary and Thomas. As an educator, Tom touched the lives of many of his students and will be remembered by all as a great husband, dedicated educator, and humble man.
Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial visitation on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 4-8 pm at Orender Family Home for Funerals 2643 Old Bridge Road Manasquan, NJ 08736. There will be a Celebration of Life service to begin at 6:30 pm. A Solemn Mass of Requiem will be held 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Trinity Church 503 Asbury Avenue Asbury Park, NJ 07712. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Covenant House, 461 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10001. To send condolences to the family please visit www.orenderfamilyhome.com.