OBITUARY

Shannon Elizabeth Kane

September 20, 1949October 2, 2020

Shannon Elizabeth Kane, of Odenton, MD, passed away on October 2 at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She had resided in Anne Arundel County, MD for 43 years, most of that time in Crofton, MD.

Shannon was born in Syracuse, NY on September 20, 1949 to her parents, John L. and Catherine G. Madison.

Shannon graduated in 1967 from Bishop Ludden High School. She subsequently attended the State University of New York at Oswego and Syracuse University .

Shannon and Thomas R. Kane (Tom) were married in June of 1969, and celebrated their 51st anniversary in June of 2020. Following Shannon’s passing, Tom commented, “I knew Shannon was my soulmate when I first met her in my late teens. She is the love of my life and best friend, and has been my constant companion and advisor.” Shannon’s thirty year career with AT&T began in 1969 and ranged from Business Office Representative in Syracuse, NY to Federal Systems Sales Compensation Manager in Silver Spring, MD prior to retirement in 1999. Shannon was a bright and talented person and her acumen for reengineering business systems was recognized by AT&T. She conquered systems development challenges in areas such as financial management and human resources.

In retirement, Shannon devoted her time to helping others, primarily through numerous volunteer activities. These included audio recording the Washington Post for the visually impaired, visiting hospital patients and the homebound through her church on a weekly basis, and working with displaced pets in rescue status. She even approached a local convalescent center for the elderly and offered to serve as a weekly activity provider. For eight years, Shannon brought music, poetry, short stories, told jokes, and used puppets. She imaginatively strived to provide participants new experiences each week, to provide entertainment and bring joy to the residents.

Shannon loved participating in sports, excelled in competitive swimming and tennis, was a member of her SUNY Oswego college swim team, and was an avid outdoor hiker. She and her husband Tom loved to travel and spent vacations in various locations in the Caribbean, the Adirondack mountains, California, Washington State, and Ireland. Among myriad other activities, Shannon loved music, art, theater, gardens, books and poetry.

Shannon was a fiercely loyal and caring friend to many. No detail escaped her attention. She was an advocate for the downtrodden and a caretaker of all creatures. She was known to risk her life escorting ducklings across a busy highway, and would pull finger puppets from her purse to calm fussy toddlers. Shannon was a beautiful being who will exist in our hearts forever.

Shannon was greatly loved by her siblings and those of her husband Tom, and by their siblings’ children and grandchildren, for her thoughtfulness, caring and generosity. She went above and beyond to recognize the special days and milestones for all, and support them when in need.

As she neared her 70th birthday, Shannon was heard to say. “Seventy, it’s really not my style.” She was right. Nevertheless, she embarked on her 70’s with verve.

Shannon will be remembered by so many people for many, many things, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Shannon is survived by her husband, Tom; by her sisters Erin M. Hoffmann of Los Angeles, CA and Mary M. Rodriguez Gort of Largo, FLA and Mary and Erin’s spouses, children and grandchildren; and by Tom’s siblings Kathleen Kane Galligan of So. Yarmouth, MA., Daniel J. Kane of Warwick, RI, Marypat Kane Oropallo of So. Yarmouth, MA, Brian E. Kane of Franklin, MA, and J. Timothy Kane of Old Forge, NY, and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.

Arrangements: The Robert E. Evans Funeral Home in Bowie, MD is providing on line resources and support to Shannon and Toms’ family and friends. A celebration of life will be planned and announced at a later date.

Charitable Donations: For those interested, charitable donations can be made in Shannon’s honor to WaterAid.Org , the Heifer.Org, or to a charity of your choice.

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Mike and Sue Byrne

October 17, 2020

Tom,
Sue and I are so very sorry to hear of Shannon's passing. I have been going over a lot of wonderful memories of our time together over the years and the one that stands out, and still brings a smile, is the shock and joy that all of your friends felt when you and Shannon decided, on short notice, to get married and included us in that wonderful event. It was beyond special.
Mike

Lorna Glassman

October 13, 2020

Tom
I just heard of the loss of your lovely wife and best friend. I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time. Sending hugs to you.
Lorna Glassman

Dawn Janis

October 12, 2020

Tom. , it is with great sadness that I send this memory. Shannon and I worked at the telephone co together in Syracuse. My husband, Michael, and I visited you at the camp in the Adirondacks. Ironically, I passed the entrance to the camp last weekend on my way to Inlet. As I remember, you and Shannon were married in the white church there. So many memories from so long ago. I will smile when I think of Shannon and be grateful that she was a part of my life. Best regards. Dawn Janis (Bucci)

Karen Mullally Smyth

October 12, 2020

Tommy

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Shannon and Michael (Goose) are celebrating up there right now and I hope this brings a smile to your face as it dose mine
May God bless you and keep you!
Karen

patty doherty

October 12, 2020

Thoughts and Prayers to Shannon's Family.....We were neighbors years ago and I remember her beauty was not only outside but inside as well....Fondly, Patty

John Hennessy

October 11, 2020

Tom, while it has been too many years since we last got together, I wanted to pass on my condolences on learning of Shannon’s passing. I do remember the many times spent together through our younger grammar and high school years. I also remember our double dates with you and Shannon, as well as, your wedding in the Adirondack’s. Over the past several years I was able to keep somewhat in touch of yours and Shannon’s life’s experiences through Dennis and Charlie’s “filling me in”. I valued those years of friendship and now want to wish you hope and joy in the memories the many wonderful years spent with Shannon.
John Hennessy

sue winchell

October 11, 2020

Tommie my heart is breaking for you. I,m so glad i was able to spend time with Shannon at Tim,s wedding. Evan though I knew she was in pain we had a few laughs about past escapades. she was such a lady.
Always made everyone feel like family. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Josette Nasr

October 11, 2020

Dear Tom,
I am so sorry for your loss.

Shannon and I first met in 2001 while we were both volunteering at Crofton Rehabilitation and Convalescence Center. We clicked right away, as I saw her compassion, care, and concern she exhibited with the patients there.

I admired both her softness and her strength. I am always going to miss the long walks and heart to heart talks we shared. There were so many things I loved about her. The warmth of her friendship will always be remembered.

Hope Barnes-Mason

October 11, 2020

My condolences to Shannon’s family. I worked for Shannon for several years in at AT&T. Shannon was smart & tough, but fair. I enjoyed the time I worked for her. She was a good person and she was always available to help. As a young woman in my twenties, she always gave me advice about many things that helped shaped who I am today. May God comfort her family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace!!!

Earle Dashiell

October 11, 2020

Tom, Terribly sorry to read about Shannon.. I always enjoyed seeing both of you, much more than you enjoyed your visits I’m sure. She was a smart, funny lady, and usually mad about something at work that she was trying to fix despite putting up with pig-headed men who wouldn’t always listen to her. I couldn’t resist kidding her about “male superiority “ and I’m sure you can guess what her colorful responses were . With your calm demeanor the two of you could make my day, or evening depending on scheduling. Amazing how life deals with us. I have become a caretaker for my wife who has dementia and was a worldly ,wonderful person now stricken with this terrible disease. I wish you all the best and if you’re in the Severna Park area stop by for a drink (410-353-3559) to make up for all those professional visits in the past. Spike Dashiell

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