Joseph Winters Kane, 91, was an Army veteran
Joseph Winters Kane, 91, of New Milford, died Nov. 29, 2011. He was the widower of Ethel Kane.
Mr. Kane was born June 1, 1920, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Gemma and Winters Kane, and stepson to Albert Yuzzolino.
He graduated from Chaminade High School, where he held the record in the 100-yard dash. He attended St. Johns University on a track and field scholarship until he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. where he got his pilot training.
He flew 25 combat missions in World War II, flying a B-17 with the 305th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force. Afterward, he was part of the Berlin Air lift that helped bring much needed supplies to West Germany after the war was over.
He received the Silver Star, the third highest combat military decoration that can be awarded to any member of the armed forces, and the Distinguished Flying Cross during his time in the Air Corp., and achieved the rank of captain.
After his honorable discharge from the Air Corp. he went to work as a pilot for Seaboard World Airline and was promoted to captain.
Starting with the Douglas C-54, four engine transport planes all the way to the Boeing 747 jumbo jets, he continued to enjoy flying until his retirement in 1980.
After many years living in California, he moved back east to Connecticut to be with his family.
An avid golfer and accomplished artist, he also spent his time driving his prized Datsun 280ZX, enjoying his family and attending Seaboard reunions.
Mr. Kane is survived by a son, James Kane, and his wife, Robin; a daughter, Patricia Fisher, and her husband, Robert; a son, Joseph Kane; five grandchildren, Christine Kane, Elizabeth Fisher, Robert J. Fisher, Tracy Kane and Daniel Kane; a sister-in-law, Mary Freidah, and her husband, Richard, and Doris Kane; and several nieces, and nephews. Mr. Kane was predeceased by two brothers, James and Donald Kane; and a sister, Gemma Kane.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.