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“Thank you...for everything that you did for me. I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for your kindness, mentoring, concern, and assistance for...Read More »
1 of 81 | Posted by: Brian Falvey - Dedham, MA

“May God hold you close in his company, Bob, for it is truly where you deserve to be. I never got a chance to meet you until December,1996, as you...Read More »
2 of 81 | Posted by: Jim Wilde - Marshfield, MA

“I am so very sorry. Bob was such a wonderful man. He gave my parents the most beautiful wakes. He was such a genuinely warm and compassionate...Read More »
3 of 81 | Posted by: Joseph Paul Anderson - Merrimack, NH

“My sincere sympathy to Bob's partner, family, and friends. Although I didn't get to know him personally, he was a dear friend to my son, Kent. I...Read More »
4 of 81 | Posted by: Jean Woolf - Largo, FL

“remembering a most wonderful, kind and always thoughtful man...we were so fortunate to call you "friend"....you were always there when we needed you....Read More »
5 of 81 | Posted by: cindy and jeff goldberg - easton, MA

“Bob was a longtime trusted friend of my brother Kent Taber Jr. Words cannot describe the great loss of such an intelligent, talented, mentor, and...Read More »
6 of 81 | Posted by: Aili Taber - FL

“Our heartfelt condolences. Bob was a truly gentle man - kind, compassionate - a wonderful person. He will be sadly missed. We will remember our many...Read More »
7 of 81 | Posted by: Larry, Michelle and Victoria Hassan - MA

“MAY THE THOUGHT OF KNOWING THAT FAMILY AND FRIENDS SHARE IN YOUR GRIEF BRING THE FAMILY A MEASURE OF COMFORT.PLEASE READ PROV 17:17 ”
8 of 81 | Posted by: KELLEY - OH

“May be comforting to know that the Lord take special care, as Bob cared for so many. amen ”
9 of 81 | Posted by: Troy Addison - Sharon, MA

“May be comforting to know that the Lord take special care, as Bob cared for so many. amen ”
10 of 81 | Posted by: Troy Addison - Sharon, MA

“To Bob's family and Stephen,Bob was very professional in the funeral industry and helped us many times over the last 50 years. He will be sadly...Read More »
11 of 81 | Posted by: Richie Gormley - West Roxbury, MA

“Sadly I just learned of Bob's passing. I've known Bob since the mid sixties. A gentleman and scholar in every sense of the word. Bob was truly an...Read More »
12 of 81 | Posted by: Tom Constantine - Hanson, MA

“Bob- was just a great man and great friend. He was always there for me. He helped me get my 1st internship, gave me a job during college and truly...Read More »
13 of 81 | Posted by: John Butler - West Bridgewater, MA

“Al and Patty sending my deepest condolences on your loss. Jan ”
14 of 81 | Posted by: Jan DiMarzio - Auburn, NH

“I knew Bob over the years first when I sang in choir at holy cross church. Then I met him when he was so kind taking care of my husband Robert powers...Read More »
15 of 81 | Posted by: Veronica Powers - So easton, MA

“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bob Kane. He was a friendly, kind and empathetic person to those who he served in business as well as in the...Read More »
16 of 81 | Posted by: Gail Fish - Lakeville, MA

“We were blessed to have known Bob for so many years, and are forever grateful to him for the kindness and compassion he showed our families in our...Read More »
17 of 81 | Posted by: The Delpidio and Shea Families - MA

“To Bob's Family, Please accept my deepest sympathy on your loss of a true gentlemen and great teacher. Bob was my teacher at NEI. in the late ...Read More »
18 of 81 | Posted by: Martin Larson - MANSFIELD, OH

“Rest in peace old friend. You certainly are in good hands now! ”
19 of 81 | Posted by: Ronald Pickering - The Villages, FL

“Robert will be missed on Bear Island by many people. Such a gentle spoken man, who's personality served him well in his chosen profession. He didn...Read More »
20 of 81 | Posted by: joan Patnode - marlborough, MA

“Bob you will truly be missed! I grew up just down the street from you. I enjoyed our talks everytime I would go for a walk or run into you at the...Read More »
21 of 81 | Posted by: Kristen McNeill - South Easton, MA

“Bob was one of the kindest, most compassionate and helpful people I've ever met. He was a guide and a strength when my husband passed. He made sure...Read More »
22 of 81 | Posted by: Nancy S Sullivan - North Easton, MA

“The Real Deal! The Community and Mankind has loat a true gentleman. Living by example, he was an inspiration to so many. Rest in Peace My Friend! ...Read More »
23 of 81 | Posted by: Bob Cunha - south easton, MA

“I remember Bob from when I was a child and I used to ride my bike down Prospect Street and would talk to him and his mother and how kind they were. ...Read More »
24 of 81 | Posted by: Suzanne Richard Hatch - MA

“God's peace Bob... ”
25 of 81 | Posted by: Ed and Sandy Rollo - North Easton, MA

“We will miss you so much. Not just for what you did for us in our difficult times, but for the genuine kindness and caring you showed everyone, as...Read More »
26 of 81 | Posted by: Ginny and John Murray - MA

“Bob was truly a credit to our profession. I first met him on a funeral back in 1979. Classy, witty and with wonderful stories, it was always a...Read More »
27 of 81 | Posted by: Steve Cosgrove - Los Angeles, CA

“I am saddened by the loss of yet another cousin. Robert loved the Lake and spent one afternoon imparting all his knowledge about our familly's...Read More »
28 of 81 | Posted by: Marie Leisten - Groton, MA

“My father Al Dolan was Maddy Kanes cousin, Robert and I had only met a few times. This one was especially memorable.My adult daughter and her fiancee...Read More »
29 of 81 | Posted by: lesley dolan brar - washington, WV

“To the Kane family and to Steven's family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was a very special man. When I lived in Easton I would see Bob and he...Read More »
30 of 81 | Posted by: Rose Marie McDonald - IA

“I am so saddened by the news of Bob's passing. I will be forever grateful for his kind and gentle manner as I helped my mother pre-plan her funeral,...Read More »
31 of 81 | Posted by: Mary Keeler - Raynham, MA

“Rest in peace Bob ”
32 of 81 | Posted by: Janice Martins - E. Bridgewater, MA

“Bob was a true gentleman, kind and compassionate without comparison. Rest In Peace. Pat Brophy ”
33 of 81 | Posted by: Pat Brophy - South Easton, MA

“My deepest sympathies to Bob's family, Stephen and family and all of Bo's friends. He certainly was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He will...Read More »
34 of 81 | Posted by: Barbara Carlson - Barrington, NH

“Terribly sorry for the loss of this lovely man, who handled my late Mom's arrangements with professionalism, dignity and sympathy. ”
35 of 81 | Posted by: Lee Andersen (Strode) - MA

“Bob, an old Suffolk schoolmate, was a kind, gracious person from start to finish. I will miss him at the alumni events to which he was a faithful...Read More »
36 of 81 | Posted by: Jim O'Donnell - Boston, MA

“To Bob's Famil and the Raymond Family:Pleas accept my deepest sympathy on Bob's passing. I became frineds with Bob, during my tme at NEI in 1968. ...Read More »
37 of 81 | Posted by: John Ford - Naugatuck, CT

“I received this news with great sadness. Bob was a truly wonderful man, teacher and mentor. During my years at NEI he was the one person I could go...Read More »
38 of 81 | Posted by: Daniel Hanlon - Lynn, MA

“Bob was incredible, my favorite instructor. ”
39 of 81 | Posted by: Paul Lucas - Chicago

“Have known Bob for many years since his days in Brighton. But usually would see him at the meetings he conducted for continuing education units (CEU...Read More »
40 of 81 | Posted by: Richard Sullivan - Watertown, MA

“Mr Kane was a very accomplished teacher at NEI, and I was lucky enough to have as my teacher. Throughout the years we would meet and he always had...Read More »
41 of 81 | Posted by: Alan Edwards - Marstons mills, MA

“Rest in peace Robert, your kindness, warmth and humor I will always remember. ”
42 of 81 | Posted by: Patty Meade-Nelson - MA - Friend

“We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Sincere sympathy to his family and Stephen and family. Words are inadequate as Bob was one of the truly...Read More »
43 of 81 | Posted by: Tom and Judy Sabin - Friend

“I will so miss seeing Bob around town. I had the chance to see him recently at a service for a dear friend and I'm so glad I got to see him and I...Read More »
44 of 81 | Posted by: Maureen Napolitano - Easton, MA

“We will miss you bob. You were one of the best funeral directors with sea legs I have ever worked with. I looked up and respected you as a pillar in...Read More »
45 of 81 | Posted by: Brad White -new england burials at sea - MA

“Sorry to hear of Bob's death. He was truly a kind , compassionate and trusted colleague to all who serve in the funeral profession. Will never forget...Read More »
46 of 81 | Posted by: Mark Cedarfield - Mansfield, MA

“Bob cared for my family many times. My late husband and I enjoyed his friendship and many times together at the Irish Embassy. He will be so missed...Read More »
47 of 81 | Posted by: Dianne Murphy - Inverness, FL

“Sorry to learn of the loss of Bob, a most respected colleague. Always enjoyed his company. May he rest in Eternal Peace and know the Hug of God. ”
48 of 81 | Posted by: Jim Kelly - Worcester, MA

“We are deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing he will be fondly remembered.KindlyThe Peretti family ”
49 of 81 | Posted by: Terri Peretti - Easton, MA

“Bob, will surely be missed,he was such a super man, always had a kind word to say Everytime I saw him. I remember seeing Bob walk his pug around town...Read More »
50 of 81 | Posted by: Lisa White - Easton, MA - friend

“Bob was a highly respected funeral director, whom everyone admired. He helped me on a couple of occasions making removals in the Brockton area. I...Read More »
51 of 81 | Posted by: Doug Stone - Winchendon, MA

“God Bless Bob, you were a kind man. ”
52 of 81 | Posted by: Chuck Gallagher - Acquaintance

“To Bob's family as well as Steve and his family .On behalf of the membership of the George S. Shepard American Legion Post 7, in town, please accept...Read More »
53 of 81 | Posted by: Jim McAvoy - N Easton, MA

“What a true gentleman, one of the most professional and caring funeral directors I have ever known. I first meet Bob in 1994, and he would always...Read More »
54 of 81 | Posted by: Larry Quintal - Taunton, MA

“God rest him, he was a good man and a fine funeral director and mentor to many. ”
55 of 81 | Posted by: Henry Boyle - Framingham, MA

“We have lost a member of our extended familyYou will be missed good friend. Rest in peace ”
56 of 81 | Posted by: Virginia & Fred Raymond - Friend

“Bob has always been a family friend. He looked in on my dad during his final years, stayed close to my family during good times and bad. Whenever I...Read More »
57 of 81 | Posted by: Randy Davis - Brockton, MA

“To the Kane FaMILY AND STEVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. THE MATTA family will miss BOB a great deal He was a large part of our family when we had Edmunds...Read More »
58 of 81 | Posted by: Rosemary Matta - No Easton, MA

“Our family wishes to send our deepest sympathy . Bob was a truely amazing person and we will forever remember his kindness ”
59 of 81 | Posted by: Joyce and George Melendy

“A true gentleman and professional.....Rest in peace,Dan Mackey - Mackey FH ”
60 of 81 | Posted by: Daniel Mackey - pick up, MA

“God bless you Mr.Kane.You were are a wonderful comfort to myself and my family when my parents passed away. They are welcoming you with open arms. ”
61 of 81 | Posted by: Nancy Kelley - So.Attleboro, MA

“I am deeply saddened to hear of bobs death as a fellow funeral director We all know it is ineventable but never expect it god bless BOB for being one...Read More »
62 of 81 | Posted by: Paul Harrington - FL - Friend

“We have known Bob since high school, where he was a student teacher at Oliver Ames High School in the late 1960's. We are very sorry for the loss of...Read More »
63 of 81 | Posted by: Janet Carpenter - Easton, MA

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Bob's passing. He was a wonderful man. He helped my family and me through many difficult moments, including the...Read More »
64 of 81 | Posted by: Jackie Driscoll - Raynham, MA

“We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Bob's passing. He was such a great person. We enjoyed talking to him and working with him. Our heart felt...Read More »
65 of 81 | Posted by: Al and Laura Menard - Glocester, RI

“You'll be sadly miss Bob. You helped my family through some really tough times and brought such joy to me when you married me to my best friend. ”
66 of 81 | Posted by: Laura Kulak (Anderson ) - MS

“To The Bobs Family i only New Bob for a few months and he was a wonderful man knew how to respect people big loss for the community ”
67 of 81 | Posted by: Emilio Mata - Brockton, MA

“God Bless my friend. ”
68 of 81 | Posted by: Steve Allen - South Easton, MA

“The most important event of a human beings life is his funeral.I knew you well for 21 years bob and looked up to you.You lived life the way you...Read More »
69 of 81 | Posted by: Joe Gorman - Randolph, MA

“Such a huge loss to everyone who knew him. He was a wonderful man who shared his love and light with everyone. I will miss him. ”
70 of 81 | Posted by: Theresa Stone - Family Friend

“God bless you Bob. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. I was just a little girl maybe 9 years old when you and your beatiful kind Mother became...Read More »
71 of 81 | Posted by: Teresa Meade- McIntosh - Norton, MA

“My dear friend Bob, you were the one who gave me the chance many years ago by teaching and showing me the ropes in funeral service. Those values have...Read More »
72 of 81 | Posted by: John Dunderdale - Taunton, MA

“I was so sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Bob was the man who helped my family get through the most difficult times in our lives. With Bob's help...Read More »
73 of 81 | Posted by: Jackie Shea - MA - Friend

“Bob was a good friend and colleague. He was authentic, kind and a wonderful funeral director.Rest In Peace. ”
74 of 81 | Posted by: Tom O'Toole - Milton, MA - Friend

“I was just ten years old when my family moved next door to Bob. That was 47 years ago! He was a good friend to our family. When I joined the Air...Read More »
75 of 81 | Posted by: Jenny Senier - Bossier City, LA

“We are so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a very good man and friend. Our community will miss him. ”
76 of 81 | Posted by: Ray & Geraldine Wallace - MA

“Bob was one of the most genuine, compassionate and giving people I was blessed to know. His commitment to the Town of Easton was amazing, making it...Read More »
77 of 81 | Posted by: Karen Kent - Easton, MA

“He was an amazing man and will be missed. I remember when he officiated my father and stepmother's wedding and his genuine caring and comfort upon...Read More »
78 of 81 | Posted by: Rachel Clark - South Easton, MA

“One of the most compassionate persons I've ever been graced to know...you will be missed kind sir...you will be missed ”
79 of 81 | Posted by: Connie Denesha - Middleborough, MA

“Rest In Peace Bob. You will be missed! ”
80 of 81 | Posted by: Chris Bowlen - South Easton, MA

“A great loss to all of us and the town. ”
81 of 81 | Posted by: Dianne Carroll - S.Easton, MA


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EASTON——-Robert J. "Bob" Kane, 74, founder and co-owner of Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services and a resident of Easton for the past 52 years, died peacefully with dignity and care with his loving family and longtime best friend and business partner by his side on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston after a brief illness.

Born in Boston, a son of the late James and Madeline (Gokey) Kane, he was raised in Boston and was a graduate of Brighton High School. Bob continued his education at New England Institute of Anatomy, Embalming, Sanitary Science and Funeral Directing, Kenmore Square, Boston, receiving a Diploma in 1961. He furthered his education at Suffolk University in Boston earning at Bachelor of Arts in 1966. Later in his professional career he advanced his studies by earning a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Emmanuel College in Boston in 2004 at the age of 62.

Bob moved to Easton in 1965 and began working in the Easton Public School System as a substitute teacher in hopes of being appointed to a full time teaching position. Bob would often take walks around Stonehill College in Easton when he first settled in town and began to build a personal friendship with members of the Congregation of Holy Cross Priests and Brothers. During his conversations with the late Rev. John Murphy C.S.C. and Brother James Madigan C.S.C. they were both influential in recommending Bob to open his own funeral home. After reflecting upon their advice, he established Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services in 1968 at the age of 25.

During his beginning years of operating the funeral home and building relationships to support his goals, he worked as a professional trade embalmer for numerous funeral homes from Boston to the South Shore for over 40 years. As Bob's reputation and business grew throughout the years he knew he would eventually need assistance to help maintain and run the operations as well as to continue in the future what he worked so hard to establish.

In 1987, by fate, he met Stephen Raymond, who at the age of 18 was seeking a career in funeral service. Bob enrolled him as an apprentice and the two created a mutually respected professional working relationship and the closest of family like friendship. Both shared the same goals regarding funeral service: foremost, to treat the deceased with the utmost dignity and care, secondly, provide each family with guidance, compassion and empathy and last, be ethical both in life and in the profession of funeral service. In 1995 he sold the majority of the interest in the business to Stephen while remaining a co-owner, mentor and advisor of the funeral home until his passing.

From 1966-1970 Bob served at New England Institute for Funeral Service Education in Kenmore Square, Boston, as a Professor of Embalming, Funeral Directing, History and Restorative Art, as well as the Director of Admissions and Student Counselor.

Bob was appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on Medico-Legal Investigations for over six years commencing in 1982, representing Funeral Service on the Board. He later resumed teaching at the New England Institute for Funeral Service Education @ Mt. Ida College, from 1988-2000 as an Instructor in Embalming, Funeral Directing, Restorative Art and History of Funeral Directing, Program Advisor, Acting Program Director and Program Director.

The numerous students enrolled in the program of Funeral Service throughout the years and those who he had the pleasure of educating and advising has made Funeral Service in the Commonwealth the respected profession it is today. He was the Founder and Facilitator of the Kenmore Square Institute for Continuing Education, LLC since 2000 traveling around the state and conducting seminars for funeral directors to obtain the necessary required CEU's in the Commonwealth.

He also served as the Program Director, Funeral Certificate Program, Massasoit Community College, from 2005-2006.

Bob's professional licensure consisted of the following: Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1963, Certified Educator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Certified Funeral Service Professional, CFSP (Ambassador for the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice), and a Member of the British Institute of Embalmers.

Bob was a Notary Public and Justice of the Peace. He served the Community of Easton in various capacities of Town Government for over 40 years and was a past member of the Easton Housing Authority, former Selectman and a member of the Easton Board of Health from 1981-2011 serving many years as chairman. His contributions helped Easton to become a better community.

A founding member and communicant of the Holy Cross Church in Easton, he served as head usher, taught faith formation classes and was the recipient of the Marian Medal. Bob served as a longtime corporator of the North Easton Savings Bank, he was a member of the Natural Resource Trust of Easton, The Ames Free Library in Easton, The Easton Democratic Town Committee, Registrar of Voters in Easton, A life member of both the Knights of Columbus Council 238 of Easton and The Easton Lions Club, a 4th degree member of the Cardinal O'Connell Assembly and a member of the Mountain View Yacht Club in Gilford, NH.

He enjoyed friendships within and outside the community which he held dearly, including funeral service professionals. Bob was an antique car enthusiast and had recently restored a car similar to his first one he ever owned, a Hudson, which would often be seen in the Town of Easton parades.

His greatest pleasure was a lifetime spent at his cottage home on Bear Island, Lake Winnipesaukee, NH. An avid boater, his love and devotion to family including his brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles will be forever remembered. He will be always missed by Stephen & MaryBeth Raymond and their children Kayla, Jackie, Courtney and Sean whom he had the pleasure for 17 years watch grow, mentor, advise and share priceless memories.

Bob is survived by two brothers, Albert Kane of Merrimack, NH and Thomas Kane of Easton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also the brother

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