on June 8, 2013 - 2:35 AM
Oct. 9, 1962 – June 5, 2013
NORTH TONAWANDA – Gregory A. Kayne, a salesman and member of the Amherst Hockey Hall of Fame, died Wednesday in his North Tonawanda home. He was 50.
Mr. Kayne graduated from Williamsville East High School in 1981 and went on to study at the University at Buffalo, where he majored in journalism before later going into business. An avid hockey player, he won numerous championships as a player and coach for Amherst Youth Hockey.
He won the New York State championship in 1979, while playing in the midget division, and a national championship in 1984, while playing in the Junior C division. Mr. Kayne then became a coach, and he won two national championships as an assistant in the Junior B division, friends and family members said.
Mr. Kayne coached PeeWee hockey for 10 years, from 1996 to 2006. He was inducted into the Amherst Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Mr. Kayne was also a dedicated golfer. He was a member of Tan Tara Golf Club in North Tonawanda. He sank two holes-in-one during his playing career.
Family members said Mr. Kayne won five consecutive Circle of Excellence awards while working for Hatch Leonard Naples, which was later absorbed by First Niagara. He worked on the insurance side of the company, in the risk management department, where he eventually rose to become a vice president. He was employed there for more than 15 years.
Mr. Kayne is survived by his wife, the former Judith Sherwin; his mother, Carole Kayne; a brother, David; and a sister, Kathryn B. Rosenbach.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.