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“I'm so sorry for your loss ”
1 of 19 | Posted by: kayla floridia - Marlboro, MA

“Judy, Jim, Hannah and ChildrenWe are so sorry to hear of Fran's passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Pam and Gary ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Pam and Gary Woodbury - MA

“Sorry to hear of your passing. You were my 6th grade science teacher at West School. Rest In Peace Mr. Kane. ”
3 of 19 | Posted by: Tom Foye - Hingham, MA - Student

“My prayers are with you all. Mr Kane was one of my favorite people. I still can remember him taking off his suit coat to throw the football out in...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Mike Josephson - Fitchburg, MA

“To the Kane Family,We are quite saddened by Fran's passing. He was a wonderful Husband, Dad, Grandfather and Friend to so many! I have known Fran...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: Deacon Dick and Pearl Martino - MA

“We are truly sorry for the loss of this great man. May he rest in peace. ”
6 of 19 | Posted by: Lee Ann Devoe - Neighbor

“Sandy & Family,I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Kane so well& enjoyed having him as my Chemistry teacher in high school!God BlessPeg ...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Judy, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Fran a terrific man, great teacher and wonderful human being. Im so glad you both came to...Read More »
8 of 19 | Posted by: Carolyn Bucchino - Cottonwood, AZ

“Dear Judy and family so sorry for your loss. Fran was a true gentleman may he now RIP ”
9 of 19 | Posted by: Kay and paul Libby - Monroe, ME

“Dear Judy,Ralph and I send our heartfelt condolences to learn of Fran's passing. We have shared so many good memories as lifelong friends. We pray...Read More »
10 of 19 | Posted by: Suzanne Curtis Carter - FL

“I am so sorry for your loss. Fran was a wonderful example of service to your community. He was a gentleman who cared about his family and friends. I...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Grace Sheldon Lyons - Charlotte, NC

“To Judy and the Kane Family, so sorry to hear of Frans's Passing, he was such a nice guy! Dot & Frank BonazzoliSun City West, Arizona ”
12 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim & family, so sorry to hear of your father's passing, my deepest condolences to all of you. It seems like Marlborough has lost two great friends...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear of Fran,s passing he was a friend and a customer Tony Valerio ”
14 of 19 | Posted by: Tony Valerio - SAINT LOUIS, MO

“I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. God bless. ”
15 of 19 | Posted by: Deborah Giroux - Marlboro, MA

“So sorry to hear of Fran,s passing. He, and his family were customers, and friends. I remember spending many summers on the cape in his cottage in...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“TO THE FAMILY. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. PLEASE EXCEPT MY CONDOLENCES . AND KNOW TO MR. KANE IS NOW IN GOD`S MEMORY. ”
17 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Judy,Jim, John, Sandy and all the Kane family,Lorraine and I were saddened to hear of Frans passing. We are so sorry for your loss. RIP FranPaul &...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: A friend

“Jim, Hannah and children,So sorry to hear about your dad's death and sorrier that he had cancer. Sounds like a great man. Hugs to all. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Diane & Dave Smith - Shrewsbury, MA


Francis James Kane, 78, a lifelong resident of Marlborough, passed away after a two and a half-year battle with cancer on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Fran, as he was known by family and friends, is survived by his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 55 years, Judith M. (Foisy) Kane, his son who he was so proud of,
James Francis Kane and his wife Hannah of Shrewsbury, and his three precious grandchildren, Madison, Caitlin, and Patrick. Fran was predeceased by his granddaughter Caroline Libby Kane.

Fran, one of eight children of Francis J. and Susan C. Kane, was born and raised in Marlborough. He is predeceased by four of his siblings, brothers Alden Kane and Roger Kane, and sisters Millicent Morin and Lucille Stevens. Fran is survived by two of his sisters, Susan Scott and her husband Raymond, Sandra Kane, and his brother John Kane and his wife Barbara, all of Marlborough, and many nieces and nephews who he always enjoyed spending time with. Fran's life has been sustained by the close friends he has made, many going back to his childhood and early married life, and by the people he considered family.

Fran's greatest joy in life were his grandchildren and he and Judy have been an integral part of their lives, never missing a school event, an opportunity to watch them play sports, and they planned annual summer trips around New England filled with many laughs. For 11 years, Fran and Judy shared a two-week vacation on Sanibel Island, Florida, with Jim, Hannah and their grandchildren, making lasting memories of simple pleasures like walking the beach at low tide and swimming in the pool. Fran also reveled in being part of his son Jim's life, proudly holding signs for his elections to city and town government and seeing him sworn in by Governor Baker as a Trustee of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Fran was a member of the Marlborough High School Class of 1957, a 1961 graduate of Fitchburg State College, and he received his master's degree in education from Worcester State College in 1966. Beginning his career in education as a teacher in Hudson, Fran went on to serve as a teacher and a principal and he capped his twenty years in the Marlborough Public Schools as superintendent. Fran spent his later working years as co-owner of O'Connor Kane Associates, and retired in 2002 as Associate Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Fran served his community in Marlborough as a member of the Planning Board, the Democratic Town Committee, Rotary and the Jaycees. Following in his father's footsteps as a builder, Fran built the home that he and Judy shared their entire married life adjacent to his childhood home. Later he formed B & K Construction with his close friend and fellow educator Paul Brunelle, building many homes in Central Massachusetts and on Cape Cod.

Visiting hours will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant Street, Marlborough. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday December 6th at Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect Street, Marlborough, immediately followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery, 133 Wilson Street, Marlborough. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Caroline Libby Kane Scholarship in memory of Fran's late granddaughter Caroline Libby Kane, 32 Main Circle, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or to the Marlborough Senior Center for use by the men's group, 40 New Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.