Frank E. Kane, son of Thomas Kane and Margaret Gibbons, was born 05/05/32 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and passed away peacefully on 07/22/22 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. As one of thirteen children in a Catholic household, the importance of frugality, humility and hard work was instilled in Frank from an early age – traits he held dear all his life. life and, when the time comes, passed on to his children and grandchildren. Frank’s parents emphasized the importance of education, resulting in a family of highly educated children, twelve of whom became educators.
After high school, Frank joined the seminary with the intention of becoming a priest; but, feeling a call to service, to fight for his country, he soon left seminary to enlist in the Marine Corps, where he would begin a brilliant military career, spending time as an infantryman on the front lines of the Korean War, and earning three battle stars as a squad leader, until he was finally discharged as a sergeant. Frank then extended his military career by joining the New Jersey National Guard, rising through the ranks to become a colonel, and eventually appointed commandant of the New Jersey Military Academy.
Frank earned a bachelor’s degree from Kings College, Wilkes Barre, PA on a GI Bill, then a master’s degree from Rutgers University. This led to Frank’s career as an educator, alongside his military career. Frank started out as a history teacher, was quickly promoted to principal, and eventually became superintendent of schools in Freehold Township, NJ.
Frank met Virginia (Gina) Jones in 1955. It was love at first sight and they were married a few months later. They gave birth to four daughters – Ginger, Molly, Julie and Jackie – and were delighted to raise a beautiful family. Frank had an insatiable desire to improve the community in which he raised his family; he was a community leader, was intimately involved in civic organizations, was county commissioner in Monmouth County, became mayor of Colts Neck, New Jersey, and was even named ‘Man of the Year’ in 1972 by the Jaycees of the Greater Freehold Area for all he has done for the community.
As Frank was a shrewd investor with a keen eye on financial trends, he was able to retire at age 53, after which he and Gina spent a lot of time traveling the world and visiting family, who was then widespread and established throughout the country. . Some of their favorite places were the Holy Land, Ireland, Australia, Korea, Germany, Hawaii and California.
Frank leaves behind his beloved wife of 66 years, Gina, his daughters Ginger (Scott), Molly (Ian), Julie (Jack) and Jackie, and his ten grandchildren Sean, Chase, Philip (Marcella), Shannon , Casey (Jordan), Callie (Henry), Brendan, Riley (Robert), Daniel and Collin. He also has two great-grandchildren, Gracee and Elias, and two sisters, Rita and Sr. Mary Alice (Immaculate Heart of Mary), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Frank is predeceased by his siblings, Denise, Gerard, Thomas, Helen, Sr. Gabriel (Immaculate Heart of Mary), Joseph, Alice, Margaret, Kathryn, Sr. Margaret Mary (Immaculate Heart of Mary).
Our family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Vicars Landing/Strafford and Community Hospice, especially Kelly, RN, for the incredible care and support they gave Frank. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Frank’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or the charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish and a reception will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Vicars Landing Auditorium. Please visit his tribute online at www.quinn-shalz.com.