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Joan C. Kane

Joan C. Kane

January 13, 1932 - January 21, 2018     Age: 86

Joan McCarthy Kane, age 86, of Amelia Island, FL passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the Warner Center for Caring.

She was born on January 13, 1932 in New York City (Bronx), NY to the late James J. and Elsie (Kalnin) McCarthy.  She was raised in Ossining, NY and graduated from Ossining High School, Class of 1950.  She graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1954, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History.  She was a dedicated member and lifelong supporter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. 

After marrying her husband Edward, they moved to multiple locations in the Northeast, settling in Waccabuc, NY in 1966.  While living in Waccabuc for 32 years, she was an avid gardener, and lover of nature and animals.  Mrs. Kane was also an active member of Waccabuc Country Club.  She served as Co-chair of the Ladies Golf, and Platform Tennis Committees, as well as being a member of the House Committee. 

Joan was an artist and designer at heart.  She was trained and certified in the art of the painted finish, by Isabel O’Neil personally, in The Isabel O’Neil Studio Workshop in New York City.  Later, with her three partners, she founded and ran the Painted Finish Studio, in Greenwich, CT.  Joan regularly attended the Metropolitan Opera, as well as the many museums and art exhibits in New York City.

Beginning in 1998 she and her husband made Amelia Island, Florida, their permanent home, where they loved exploring the beautiful ocean, beaches and marshes of the barrier islands.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Parrish.  For many years she was a dedicated docent at the Amelia Island Museum of History.  She loved the Cummer Museum, and the Jacksonville Symphony. 

She was an excellent cook, and was always enthusiastic about foreign travel where she could immerse herself in the art, history and culinary experiences of various cultures.

She was predeceased by a son, John Kevin Kane, in 1995.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Edward J. Kane of Amelia Island, FL, her children Darcy (Peter) Ruvolo of Jacksonville, FL, Michael (Jennifer) of Providence, RI, Maggie of Fernandina Beach, FL, Timothy (Sheila) of Lake Geneva, WI, Jennifer (Ed) Bennett of Fernandina Beach, FL, brother, Richard J. (Rita) McCarthy of Bolivia, NC, and grandchildren: Caitlin Ruvolo, Lauren Kane, Madeline Kane, Sean Kane, Emily Kane, Matthew Kane, Amanda Bennett, E.J. Bennett, and Carter Bennett, as well as her beloved Labrador, Zelda.  For those who knew her well, her strong will and personality were not easily overlooked. We raise a glass to “Joanie, The Queen of Ireland.”

Funeral services will be held February 2, 2018, at 10:30am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Father Jose Kallukalam officiating.

Contributions may be made in her name to Catholic Relief Services, Covenant House, or the Humane Society of Nassau County.

5 Condolences

  • Anne mygatt Posted January 26, 2018 9:42 am

    To Joans family. Tim and I send our sympathy to all of you. She was an interesting gal with many interests. How terrific that you have so many fond memories of your special Mom and wife.

  • Jeff Ruvolo Posted January 28, 2018 2:39 pm

    Condolences to the Kane family from Jeff and Tiffany Ruvolo. Joan, and your family, have always been most welcoming, She was a very special woman.

  • George Binder Posted January 30, 2018 7:06 am

    The George Binder family expresses our sympathy for your loss. We enjoyed many days of golf with Joan and Ed in our PGA group.She was a fine friend.

  • Barbara and Dan MacNamee Posted February 7, 2018 4:17 pm

    We are thinking of you all and know that Joan is smiling down on you for this beautiful tribute in her honor. She was well loved and admired by us and we are thankful to have known her and all of you and have wonderful memories of our happy times in Waccabuc. We send our love to all of you. The Macnamees

  • Susan and Jim Henry Posted March 24, 2018 6:16 pm

    Susan and Jim Henry send our condolences to the Kane family. We are glad to have known Joan. The Kanes were missed when you moved away . The flag at WCC is half staff. And we are sad.

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