on February 4, 2014 - 6:11 PM
, updated February 5, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Oct. 3, 1926 – Feb. 3, 2014
Donald F. Kane, who served in a number of government posts, died Monday. He was 87.
Mr. Kane was a lifelong resident of South Buffalo and graduated from Hutchinson-Central High School.
He served in the Navy during World War II and graduated from Canisius College after attending school on the GI Bill.
Mr. Kane’s work in government service began as secretary to South District Council Member Andrew Morrissey and continued as director of recreation and then parks commissioner under Mayor Frank A. Sedita.
He also served as executive director of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority and executive secretary of the Erie County Water Authority.
Later, the Water Authority Testing Headquarters in Lackawanna was named for him.
Mr. Kane was also founder and first president of the South Side Men’s Democratic Club.
In 1957, he the managed South Buffalo Post 721, American Legion, baseball team to a championship in Cooperstown.
His wife of 52 years, Patricia Doyle Kane, is deceased.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Teresa and former South Council Member Veronica Anne “Bonnie” Kane Lockwood; four sons, John Kennedy, James Michael, Patrick Timothy and Donald Francis Jr.; a brother, James B., retired administrative judge of the 8th Judicial District; and 14 grandchildren, including Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 65 Ridgewood Road.