Robert Thomas Kane
Aug. 17, 1939-July 6, 2012
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Robert Thomas Kane, 72, passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2012 at his home in Florida. He was born and raised in Glen Cove, New York.
Robert's education, from St. Joseph's in Metuchen, New Jersey, to studying in Bergamo with Mario Montessori, was as varied as his interests. Montessori was Robertís professional passion for over 40 years. He founded and operated many Montessori schools in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, educating thousands of children.
Florida was Robertís current home but Portola Valley, California was the center of his life for many years. Never at a loss for ideas or words, Robert was a strong-minded, kind, and very generous person. His flare for the out-of-the-ordinary was a source of much amusement to all who knew him -- from oversized Christmas trees in the living room to rope swings and that long blue van carrying a generation of children to soccer or swimming. Robert was devoted to his family. He is survived by his three children; Jeremiah (Beth Ferreira), Caitlin (Justin Davis) and Meaghan (Vasco de Andrade) and by Beth Bement Kane of San Francisco, his wife for 31 years. He was "Grandpa" to Rowan and Declan Kane; Taylor, Anna and Hudson Davis; and Tomas, Caroline and Frederick and a son (due 11/2012) de Andrade. Bob was also survived by his brother, Richard Kane (Marilyn). A funeral service will be held at Woodside Priory School's chapel in Portola Valley on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Father Martin Mager Scholarship at Woodside Priory School 302 Portola Road Portola Valley, CA.
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