Jeffrey Thomas Kane
Nov. 2, 1955-Jan. 30, 2014
Palo Alto, California
Jeffrey Thomas Kane, beloved son, brother, husband and father, passed away at age 58 after a brief illness. Jeffrey was such a dear soul and will be so greatly missed. He is survived by his parents Thomas and Ann Kane of Palo Alto, his sister Linda Kane of Mountain View, his wife Molly (Hays) Kane of Palo Alto, stepson Rick Hays, daughter Elisabeth Kane, his two surviving aunts, and numerous cousins in the Lavender, Canfield, Sylvester and Andrews families.
Jeffrey Kane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he lived until he was six years old. When Jeffrey’s father joined the faculty of Stanford University, the Kane family moved to Palo Alto. Jeffrey started school in the first grade of the first class of the newly established (presently named) Ruth Montgomery Jackson Hearing Center, embedded within the Palo Alto school system. The family moved from Palo Alto to Stanford two years later after their home, being built on the Stanford campus, was completed.
After a year spent in Brazil with his family, Jeffrey graduated from Gunn High School. He went on to attend college at Cal State Northridge and Cal State Stanislaus in southern and central California. Jeffrey returned to the Bay Area, landed a job as a library specialist in the binding and finishing department at Stanford University Libraries, where he worked for over 20 years. A back injury ten years ago brought him into early retirement.
Jeffrey met Molly Hays in 1997 through a mutual friend and quickly fell deeply in love. The couple was married the following summer. Jeffrey readily stepped into the roll of father to Molly’s nine year old son Rick. When Jeff and Molly’s daughter Elisabeth was born in 2002, he had fully realized his dream of becoming a family man. Jeffrey was a thoroughly devoted husband and father.
In his younger adult years, Jeffrey was a talented and prolific poet, as well as an exceedingly proficient chess player. On wintery days, he could often be found at the Stanford coffee house, quietly writing poetry, engaging in lively conversation, or intensely involved in a chess or occasional backgammon game.
Fine weather would bring Jeffrey outdoors. An avid cyclist, he would take to the foothills, or if feeling especially ambitious, ride on out to the coast. Backpacking in the sierras or red rock country was another favorite pastime. At home, long walks always cheered him and helped to clear his mind.
In recent years when Jeffrey became less mobile he followed sports in the newspaper and on TV, especially Stanford football and basketball, as well as the San Francisco 49’ers and the Giants.
Jeffrey was a highly intelligent, inquisitive, perceptive, personable and kind individual. He forged -- and kept deep, long-lasting friendships, many for life. His gregarious nature, keen wit, wry sense of humor, ready smile and bright green eyes drew people to him. His deaf and hearing worlds dovetailed seamlessly, blending naturally, separating effortlessly.