Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Laid to rest.

With all the joyful hullabaloo of the wedding, we had a very sad event occur as well. My wonderful dad's twin brother passed away last week. His funeral service is today, and I'd like to share with you the obituary of a man who lived life to the fullest.

Darryl & Dennis

ST THOMAS, VI   Darryl L. Kane, 68, passed away in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, on Monday, June 6, 2011 after his long battle with stage four cancer. He fought this battle with vengeance and dignity. Darryl was born on November 13, 1942 in Los Angeles, Calif., to Edward & Florence (Reeves) Kane. 

Dennis (L) and Darryl (R)

Professionally, Darryl was a successful consultant with specialties in mergers & acquisitions as well as corporate startups and reconstruction. Darryl served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1966. He was an accomplished sailor with the high marks in the NavCad program and also won the "Iron Man" award seven (7) times in Miramar, Calif. Darryl specialized in radar electronics and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War in 1964 & 1965, on the Oriskany and the Kitty Hawk. After his career in the Navy, he was employed with IBM as their Santa Monica, Calif., branch manager for five years before his entrepreneurial spirit led him to venture out on his own, ultimately leading him to Pennsylvania. Through his illustrious career, Darryl has owned and sold several technology consulting firms and was an expert in Database technologies and shop floor control. 

Darryl was also an adventurer and inventor at heart. In 1976, Darryl was responsible for creating the Gemini II Project, which was the first truly hybrid car made from a 1976 OldsmobileCutlass Supreme. The Gemini II project, and its many revolutionary concepts that Darryl is responsible for, are fully documented in the May 1976 issue of Mechanix Illustrated. He was a successful pilot too, holding a commercial rating for many years and logging over 2200 hours of flight time, most in his twin-engine Seneca III airplane. He was an avid snow skier since his early 20's and enjoyed aquatic sports such as SCUBA Diving and jet skiing from 1981 to 2009, ultimately conquering the ultimate jet skiing adventure, jet skiing the Caribbean Sea. Darryl was also a road racing enthusiast all of his life and became an accomplished race car driver in Formula Continental series beginning 1995, winning the championships in the most difficult regions in the U.S. across multiple sanctioning bodies from 1998 to 2001. 

In his last years, he was able to live another dream by retiring in the Caribbean and realize a life-long goal of navigating the Caribbean skies. He felt blessed with the many friends and close relationships he was able to have there in the years before and during his medical condition. 

Darryl is survived by his two sons, Jed C. Kane of Fairfax, Va. and Shawn Darryl C. Kane and his wife Tami of York; as well as his two daughters, Colleen A. Avery-Kane of Ephrata and Kathleen M. Kane of Elizabethtown; grandkids, Abbi Kane, Jed's daughter, Justin Darryl T. Kane, Shawn and Tami's son, Conner Avery, and Cormick Avery, Colleen's sons; 

brothers, Jerry Kane of Los Angeles, Calif., Tom Kane of Columbus, Ohio, and twin brother, Dennis Kane of Utah. 
Darryl, Dennis, Jerry and Tom

Darryl was a beloved brother, father, grandfather, family man and true friend. 

For those who knew him, Darryl touched their lives with his dedication to friendship and warm heart. He was a mentor & teacher of many things to many different people and brought joy with his smile wherever his journeys took him. He will be dearly missed by us all, but never forgotten. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, from J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, Inc., 24 N. Second St., New Freedom, with the Rev. Dr. Peggy Click officiating. There will be a visitation held at the mortuary immediately prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m. Entombment will be in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, York.

 We'll miss you, Uncle Darryl.

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