Joseph John Kane

November 20, 1936August 18, 2021

Joseph “Joe” John Kane passed away Wednesday August 18, 2021 in Atlanta, GA at the age of 84. He was born November 20, 1936 in Washington, D.C. to William and Mae Agnes Kane. Joe graduated from Georgetown in 1958 and joined the Army as an Artillery Officer 1959-1961. Following his military service, he wrote for TIME magazine and contributed to 19 TIME cover stories and was Bureau Chief in several US cities until his retirement in 1991. He was known for his passion for interviewing and learning, as well as his humor and sharp wit.

Mr. Kane married Judith Chapman in 1963, and together they had four sons. He was devout in his faith in the Lord and was an active member at his church and with the Knights of Columbus. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judith Jean Kane of Atlanta, GA; four sons, Christopher Thomas of Seattle, WA, Gregory Marquis, Joseph Timothy and Jason Philip of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Shannon Marie, Melissa Anne, Kristen Judith, and Jonathon Joseph; great-grandchildren, Sofia and Vivian; one brother, William Kane of Bethesda, MD; and three sisters, Bernadette Mitchell of Palm Desert, CA, Mary Ellen McAuliffe Keily of Bethany Beach, DE, and Elizabeth Rogers of Wheaton, MD. He was preceded in death by brothers, Eugene I. Kane of Potomac, MD and Monsignor Thomas A. Kane of Annapolis, MD.

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday September 17, 2021 at 2 o'clock at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, GA. The service may also be viewed virtually at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Kane’s honor to the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Atlanta, GA.


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Tom and Maura O'Neill

September 12, 2021

Joe was a memorable man—people who met Joe, remembered Joe.

Joe was an honorable man—never one to shy away from controversy. He served his church, his country, his friends, and his family. He spoke the truth, maintained confidences, and avoided gossip.

Joe was a genuine man—often, good people commit to causes only to have their good intentions lost to distraction. Not Joe. He was dependable whether supporting is alma mater of Georgetown or his adopted project, Cristo Rey. While other seniors relaxed Joe drove elderly patients to doctor appointments. On Lenten Friday’s he would toil with the Knights assuring a successful fish fry. Joe roamed the neighborhood with his chain saw helping neighbors clear their yards (and occasionally and unintentionally felling cable lines).

Most of all, Joe was a friend—For 35 years we enjoyed his company. Our lives have been enriched by the experience and the wonderful memories we all share will sustain us until we meet Joe again.

Tom and Maura O’Neill

Jack White

August 28, 2021

Joe and I were fellow correspondents for TIME for many years. He was a terrific journalist and a good friend.

Raymond Grupinski

August 28, 2021

For the short few years that I knew Joe Kane as a fellow Knight he has my greatest respect and gratitude. He leaves me with a good memory.

Marguerite Ransom

August 28, 2021

The Ransoms send our love and prayers to our Atlanta family in this time of loss. Uncle Joe was a truly wonderful warm witty and sometimes hilariously sarcastic man! I remember him at so many times in my life! He was powerfully supportive when I was choosing my path of study in a world that told me I was silly. He listened and gave me sage and powerful advice which I heeded and therefore thrived! He was an enormous support when I moved to Atlanta where he and Judy became “grandparents” to my baby girls. I was blessed to know him in his home city, one he loved! What a powerfully faithful man he was, and he transmitted that without prejudice. He will be so missed on this Earth, but his spirit and his voice will continue on in the hearts of all who were lucky enough to be touched by his love!

don and ann forsyth

August 26, 2021

Oh, how this world will miss our dear cousin, Joe. He was a family treasure. His writings were filled with adjectives and adverbs that created unforgettable mental pictures. (He and Fr. Larry joked about that which made exemplary writings!!) He was LOVED no matter where he went or with whom he enjoyed their company. He was a man of Faith and a true family man, just as his own father and brothers were in their families. We love you, Joe and will miss you greatly but know now you are with all those family members who preceded you into the Kingdom. There are joy and laughter there this day and in the days to come. Will be praying for the repose of your beautiful soul. Love from Don and Ann Forsyth and family

David & Kim Reed

August 26, 2021

We are so sorry to learn of Joe's passing. Our deepest condolences to Judy and his family. The Kanes are long-time family friends dating back several decades. More recently, Kim and I looked forward to dinner every time they came to Orlando to visit my parents. Joe was always the best guest with great stories and his quick wit. We are so glad we knew him and he will be missed by the entire Reed family.

Carol & Dave Mason

August 24, 2021

We were so sad to hear about the death of our friend, Joe. He always had a story to share and was so fun to be around. It was impossible to not be smiling and laughing when hanging with Joe. We are sure our son, Kevin, and everyone else in heaven are being entertained by Joe right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy, Greg and the rest of the family.

Marita Jeffrey

August 24, 2021

My heartfelt love, prayers and condolences to your wonderful family! Heaven has received our mighty, powerful, brilliant, & witty Uncle Joe & the earth mourns that we have lost him! Uncle Joe was quite the treasure in this family. His personality was to behave, think & react in an involuntarily funny, brilliant & creative way. He was the most creative person that I have ever met. He always looked at the bright funny side to any situation, whether it was good or bad! We were so blessed to have those amazing Thanksgiving dinners & visits at both homes when you lived in California. Myself, being a young adult at that time, would LOVE the banter & the witty encouragement I would receive from my Uncle Joe. At our wonderful LARGE family gatherings, there was always a line formed to speak to Uncle Joe. His life was full of amazing moments that he shared with each person with a keen critical mind, always expressed through his quick-witted dialogue. He was always the optimist towards us who were young adults back then. He always saw the glass half full instead of looking at the down side. He could always get a laugh from a bad situation but always in the most appropriate way. That's brilliance! That's intelligence!! I now miss the fact that I won't get those moments again here on earth, but I have these wonderful memories to cherish. We also know we are not without hope!!! I am sure that after the amazing reunion that happened seeing those who preceded him: Uncle Gene & Father Tom, Aunt Jane, Uncle Pat, Aunt Anna Marie, Nanny and Granddaddy; I can only imagine he is lighting up heaven with that beautiful brilliant wit!! What a beautiful thought/beautiful vision .. it makes me so thankful that we are serving a God of compassion who through Jesus, gives us eternal life. He will be missed so much!! Love to the family: Marita

Crickett & Bill Ware

August 23, 2021

To the Kane family, the Ware family is so sad to read the news about Joe's passing. We remember when ya'll moved in back in 1985, we had been here a couple of years. We've had many a chat with him as he walked around the neighborhood. Joe is in a much better place and he's not in pain anymore. Our prayers and thoughts go with all of you, especially Judy. Blessings from the Wares

Barb and Ron Hipp

August 22, 2021

We went to Jamaica with Joe. What a wonderful guy!
Fellow MOP volunteers,
Barb and Ron Hipp