Richard T. Kane
October 5, 1937 – July 29, 2020
Richard Thomas Kane, 82, passed away July 29, 2020 at his home in Oldsmar, Florida. At his request, no services will be held. Richard was born on October 5, 1937, in Hoboken, New Jersey to Catherine Kane. Raised by a single mother who worked in a variety of jobs such as a house cleaner to provide the best life she could for her son, Richard’s childhood remained an important part of his upbringing. Richard met Eleine Soenen in Providence, Rhode Island, and they were married on June 18, 1960. He was commissioned in the US army in 1960 where he spent the next 20 years serving his country. He was honored with a variety of awards from his service to include: Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal. He retired Lieutenant Colonel in 1980 and continued to have a successful career in the private sector. Richard was proud of his Irish roots (stubbornness was practiced to perfection!) but more than anything he was proud of the family he and Eleine raised. Together, they raised four children: Donna, Tracy, Michael and Sean. Donna followed in her mother’s footsteps and pursued a career in education specializing in students with special needs. She is a devoted mother to Kristen and wife to Jeff. They reside in Clearwater, Florida, love to travel and spend time with family. Tracy, the one who forgets nothing and is quick to remind you, has enjoyed a successful, independent life. She has a passion for traveling (especially to visit her siblings, nieces, and nephews), her family, and the Hallmark channel. She loves electronics and holds the family record for owning the largest television (but that won’t last long). Michael followed his passion for building and has enjoyed a long career in the building industry. He married his college sweetheart, Lisamarie, in 1992, and they have three incredible children: Justin, Jared, and Alyssa. Sean is enjoying a successful career as an attorney. He married his high school love, Valerie, and they are devoted parents to their two children, Julien and Annaliese. Richard had a passion and endless perseverance for his family and devoted his life to ensure they were well taken care of. To this end, he was and remained the dutiful and pragmatic father while Eleine remained the emotional anchor for the family. At times he struggled to express it correctly, but, love for God and family were paramount and first in his life. Richard struggled with his divided house (Seminoles vs Gators), but I know his heart was in Gator country (Go Gators!). Richard is survived by his children, Donna, Tracy, Michael and Sean and his grandchildren Kristen, Justin, Jared, Alyssa, Julien, and Annaliese. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleine. He will be laid to rest by her side at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Richard T. Kane
August 7, 2020
I met Dick back in the mid 90’s when my daughter, Valerie, started dating his son , Sean. The first time I met him, I remember being at someone’s house to take prom pictures. Since then, we were together at several holidays and special events.
I thought Dick was a very kind person. He was always nice to me, and I observed that he loved his family very much and was always involved in their success.
My daughter went on to marry his son and they have two beautiful children, Julien and Annaliese.
I always enjoyed seeing him at the holidays at Donna and Jeff’s house. I knew he was proud of his family.
RIP Dick. I was fortunate to know you in my life, and I believe you are truly a good man.
August 4, 2020
Richard was my second cousin and a very formidable figure when he and his Mom Aunt Kitty ( my Godmother) arrived for visits to Long Island from Rhode Island, first with Richard driving when he had his license, then when he would come down in his Military Uniform. At the time a 13 year difference was great and we all looked at him with adoring eyes. When Richard and Eleine were married, they tolerated me as a young 10 yr old who would not leave Eleine and her gown alone for the whole day. I think when Richard came back from Germany and they moved to Virginia they were kind enough to offer Sean‘s baby crib to us as we had an unexpected child at that time. Over the years, Richard was very close to my mom and I would see him in Florida when he visited my mother, then later when she moved up to North Carolina , he would come up here to visit. It’s probably more during that time when we had developed a closer relationship as the age difference kept getting smaller and smaller and the similarities in our lives developed. We had many great phone conversations about family, love and life in general, and I so enjoyed speaking with him. He was very sincere in his thoughts, rarely backed down from his beliefs and brought a lot of wit and dry humor along with him.
I am so grateful I had the opportunity to visit with Richard, Donna and her family, Michael and his family and Sean and his family for Thanksgiving last year, as I was quite certain it would be one of the last times I would see him. COVID-19 make sure of that and travel was impossible for one last visit. It is a visit that I will remember my whole life because I did get to see firsthand Richard‘s loving children and their children. They are all extremely marvelous people and my heart goes out to each and everyone of them on the sad occasion of Richard’s passing. I will miss him tremendously. He was quite a man, and although perhaps not a very demonstrative person, loved his children very much. Rest In Peace
August 3, 2020
Nineteen sixty-seven seems a hundred years ago, but that's when I first met Dick. It was wet, it was cold, and it was December at Chu Lai, Vietnam. Dick was the commander of a provisional Army Security Agency (Radio Research) company supporting ground operations with the Americal Division. I was one of three officers joining the provisional organization with our unit that deployed to Vietnam from Hawaii. Months later when he was pulled back to battalion (313th) at Nha Trang to be the operations officer (S-3), I followed soon after. As my "boss" he was a competent and professional mentor.
We were reunited several years later in Augsburg, Germany (circa early 1970s). He was on the strategic side of the Army Security Agency Europe and I was on the tactical side, supporting units of the 7th US Army, so we didn't work together. However, we had numerous opportunities to socialize at parties, sport events, and one winter he and Eleine joined us for a ski holiday in Kirchdorf, Austria.
We didn't reconnect again until we both retired from the military and sprouted roots in Florida. Throughout the intervening years we would get together for breakfast or dinner and solve all of the problems of the world. Dick was the proverbial contrarian.
I treasure my friendship with Dick, he was one of the "good people." I miss him already.
July 31, 2020
Dick and I were neighbors for many years here in The Pinnacle. We shared some time on the homeowners board of directors and usually shared opposing positions to the rest of the board members. Lunch at Sonnys BBQ on US 19 in Palm Harbor were the best as well as sharing emails over these many years. Dick's health was of special interest to me as both my father and favorite aunt had IPF - Dick's strength and attitude was always evident and I recall our last phone conversation about two twenty year old's made me laugh - Dick, you died on my birthday - I will forever remember you ! R.I.P.