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Voting, reunions important to Greensburg man

| Thursday, June 10, 2004

Barry J. Kane never missed voting in an election or attending his high school reunions.

"Barry felt that the right to vote was a privilege -- a privilege that hundreds of thousands of Americans died for," said his wife, Mary Ellen Kane.

Mr. Kane, 63, of Greensburg, a rural mail carrier, died after suffering a pulmonary embolism on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Westmoreland Regional Hospital, Greensburg.

In a story that ran in the Tribune-Review during last year's general election, Mr. Kane was recognized for being among the 11 percent of Westmoreland County registered voters who go to the polls in both primary and general elections regardless of the weather or the names on the ballot.

"I guess I figure it gives me a right to complain a little more than some," he said at the time.

"Barry felt the same way about keeping in touch with his friends, especially his high school friends," Mrs. Kane said. "He valued the friendships he made during his life and even turned down the opportunity to move to Florida when the (Greengate) mall closed and he lost his job.

"Since he graduated from Greensburg High School, Barry never missed a high school reunion. We both looked forward to attending. It meant so much to my husband."

Born in Braddock, Allegheny County, Mr. Kane was one of two children of Edythe Miller Kane Hoffman and the late Robert Kane, who was a salesman specializing in men's clothing.

Shortly after Mr. Kane's birth, the family moved to Greensburg, where he attended both grade school and high school. The family also became members of the present Congregation Emanu-El Israel, where Robert Kane and son Barry were active members.

In 1958, after graduating from Greensburg High School, Mr. Kane attended Penn State University and Kent State University in Ohio, where he received his degree in business management.

Mr. Kane was employed as a salesman for Herrod Jewelers when he met Mary Ellen Bray, who was working in Greensburg.

"I was introduced to Barry while he was standing on a street corner," she said. "I wasn't sure at first, but there were a few sparks. He had a great smile. We met in 1972 and were married in 1974."

Upon the closing of Greengate Mall, Mr. Kane joined the U.S. Postal Service in 1997. "Barry's route was so rural that he made his deliveries in a mail truck," said Mrs. Kane, who is a nurse at Westmoreland Regional Hospital. "He had many elderly people on his route and would go out of his way to accommodate them."

In addition to his wife, Mr. Kane is survived by his mother, Edythe Miller Kane Hoffman, of Hallandale, Fla.; two sons, Robert A. Kane and Michael A. Kane, both at home; and a sister, Deborah F. Petroff and her husband, Timothy, of Canton, Ohio.

Friends will be received at 1 p.m. today at the Congregation Emanu-El Israel, 222 N. Main St., Greensburg, where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. with Rabbi Sara R. Perman officiating. Interment will be in Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, Hempfield Township.

Arrangements by the Coshey-Nicholson Funeral Home, Greensburg.

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