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Thomas J Kane

January 5, 1942 — May 1, 2021

Thomas Joseph Kane Jr of Black River, died on May 1, 2021, at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born January 5, 1942, to Thomas and Lolly (Jordan) Kane. He attended elementary, junior high and high school in Detroit, graduating from McKenzie High School in 1960. He started working early in life to earn money to buy a bike, worked on the milk delivery truck, had a paper delivery route, worked at Kroger where he met his wife, International Harvester and later for his Dad who owned a International Harvester dealership in Detroit, later called Kane’s Truck Parts. He and his family moved to Walled Lake in 1974. Tom and his wife expanded the business later creating Michigan Bus Parts, which delivered bus parts to many districts in Michigan and nationwide. He and his wife retired in 1997 and moved to Black River in 2001, where they built their home on Lake Huron. In high school he was in ROTC, had many friends and enjoyed scuba diving with his wife Annette, coaching his daughter René’s softball teams for over 10 years, playing golf, tennis, fishing, snowmobiling, getting into mischief on his tractors, traveling, playing cards, never missed his weekly stops to the coney, went on many trips to see family in the states. He was a reserve Deputy Sheriff for Oakland County, and loved his trips to Vegas and the National Rodeo Finals with his kids, nephew and cousins. He had a love for animals and cherished all of his dogs, cats and two burros. He loved his family dearly and his grandchildren brought him much joy to his life. Tom is survived by his wife Annette (Cipriani) Kane of 58 years. His 4 children, René Kane, Tom Kane (Tracey Bobo), Jamie Kane (Eric Roy), Jason (Courtney) Kane and four grandchildren Brady, Lexi, Hailey and Nolan. He was preceded in death by his two sisters Patricia Sexton, Beverly Peterson and his parents Tom and Lolly Kane. Mr. Kane is at Gillies Funeral Home in Lincoln where friends may call Friday May 7, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a Divine Mercies Chaplet service beginning at 7:00. Visitation will continue Saturday, May 8, 2021 at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Black River from 10:00 AM until the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM. Rev. Tyler Bischoff will officiate. Memorial donations are suggested to the Alcona County Commission on Aging, or to Hospice Compassus. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Thomas J Kane, please visit our flower store.


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