Donald John Kane

January 27, 1932 - July 8, 2019
Donald John Kane

Mr. Donald John Kane, age 87 of Wilmington, formerly of Mt. Sinai, Long Island, New York, beloved husband, father and friend, passed away July 8, 2019 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The youngest of eight sons, Donald was born in Brooklyn, NY, on January 27, 1932, to Henry Vincent Kane and Anna Donahue Kane.

Don was a career Marine serving his country all over the world as a Comms Chief. He is a veteran of both the Korean War and the Vietnam War and he was a Purple Heart recipient. He retired from the Marine Corps after 22 ½ years of faithful service in 1971. He held true to the Marine Corps motto Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful), attending the Drill Instructor reunion and Marine Corps Ball every year with his wife Robin. Upon retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, Don pursued a career with the U.S. Post Office in Mount Sinai, New York, where he retired after a 20 year commitment in 1994.

Don’s zest for life was contagious, and he was always the life of the party. He was known as “Uncle Don” in Mount Sinai, and as “The Godfather” of his neighborhood. Don was happiest tending his garden and spending time with his family and friends. Don was renowned for his storytelling. His big heart encompassed everyone he met, and he always made you feel loved, no matter what.

The greatest gift you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return. ~ Semper Fidelis ~


In addition to his wife Robin, he is survived by: Four daughters: Donna (Jonathan) Seely of Murfreesboro, TN, Dorine (Joe) Gallo of Wildwood, MO, Gloria (Jonathan) Deitsch of Marysville, MI, and Kasey (Bryan) Scanlon of Hubert, NC. Daughter in law Nina Kane of San Antonio , TX. Twelve grandchildren: Aimee Seely Hull, Christopher Sauer Seely, Stephanie Kane, Joseph Gallo, Elisa Gallo, Jordyn Deitsch, Taylor Deitsch, Jack Donald Deitsch, Bradyn Deitsch, Kaydince Scanlon, Brody Scanlon, Karter Scanlon, Great Grandchild: Kate Hull.

Don is preceded in death by his son, Timothy J. Kane of San Antonio, TX

Family and friends are invited to a Viewing on July 28, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at O.B. Davis Funeral Home, 4839 Nesconset Hwy/Rte 347, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776. A Celebration of Life and Funeral Service will be held on July 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at O.B. Davis Funeral Home.

Don will be laid to rest at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Liberty Ave, Port Jefferson, NY 11777.

In lieu of flowers, Don’s wish would be to support his fellow Marines with contributions to the Semper Fi Fund.

The Semper Fi Fund

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  • July 11, 2019
    Gloria Deitsch says:
    Love you Dad, always forever and a day

  • July 11, 2019
    Tom & Annette McDermott says:
    We will miss your smiling face & your hearty laugh. Rest in peace. Semper Fi

  • July 12, 2019
    Jerry & Barbara Dowling says:
    Being in your company always brightened my day, your stories, sense of humor and good nature. Will miss you. I know you are getting those Marines in heaven squared away. Rest in peace my friend. Semper Fi

  • July 12, 2019
    Kara Daly says:
    Your contagious laughter and stories will be deeply missed. Not to mention your bear hugs! I will miss your smiling face. May you Rest In Peace. Love always, Kara , Tom & Daly Family

  • July 12, 2019
    Noni colon Messina says: