1922 – 2014

FARMINGTON — Norman Kane, 91, of Farmington, died Friday, April 25, at the Edgewood Manor & Rehabilitation Center in Farmington.

He was born on, Aug. 9, 1922, in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, a son of James W. Kane and Margaret Campbell. He attended schools in the Boston area, graduating from Boston College and performing further work at Stanford.

A veteran of the Army Air Corps and also the Coast Guard, he served stateside in World War II. Norman’s most glamorous job may have been his position as a journalist for U.S. State Department publications during the international crises of the 1950s, in the course of which he regularly briefed the supreme commander of embattled United Nations forces in Korea, but, in later years, he was equally likely to talk about his adventures as a traveling battery salesman.

Upon retirement, he moved to Maine with his wife, and the two of them built a home deep in the woods where they could, to paraphrase a friend who knew them well, live life on their own terms. As the friend added, not many people manage to do that.

Norman is survived by a sister, Sr. Mary Pauletta Kane, Sister of Charity of Nazareth.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Jean; and his brothers, George, Robert, and Paul.

Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with his family on his tribute wall at www.wilesrc.com.

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