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Kenneth E. Shane

April 25, 1935 January 4, 2013
Kenneth E. Shane
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Kenneth E. Shane, 77, of Willimantic passed away on Friday January 4, 2013, after a brief illness.  Kenny was born in Orlando, FL on April 25, 1935.  He is survived by his children Steven Shane and his wife Dawn of Hebron; Brenda McKinnon of Overland Park, KS; Michael Shane of Hamden; Eric Shane and his wife Kelly of Colchester; as well as his grandchildren Allison McKinnon; Zachary, Douglas, Matthew, Jack, Ryan, and Daniel Shane; and Robert and Nicholas DiLoreto.  Kenny also leaves his longtime companion, Idana Flynn of Storrs, his devoted sisters Carol Ann and her husband Walter Villa of Chaplin, Penny and her husband Ray Ouellette of Willimantic, Candice John also of Willimantic, his former wife Eleanor Shane, and many nieces and nephews.  Kenny was a proud resident of Willimantic for most of his life, graduating from Windham High School in 1953.  After graduation he served his country in the U.S. Army before attending the University of Connecticut.  He graduated from the School of Business at the University of Connecticut in 1961, and worked in the Hartford office of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co for several years before opening his own accounting firm on July 1, 1966. Over his distinguished 50 year career as a CPA, and an honorary lifetime member of the AICPA, he built the successful accounting practice of Shane, Navratil & Company, served on the Windham Board of Education for 8 years, was an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University for 27 years, and was an active volunteer with the Community Accounting Aid and Services, Inc.  He umpired for the Willimantic Little League for over 25 years and was a member of many other local organizations.  Kenny enjoyed training bird dogs, socializing with his friends at many local restaurants, and especially enjoyed watching his grandsons’ sporting events and discussing politics with his granddaughter. Kenny was a communicant at St. Joseph’s Church, and was well known in the community for his generosity and kindness.  He was treasured by all who knew him and will be dearly missed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bacon Funeral Home, 71 Prospect St. Willimantic. In lieu of flowers gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Kenneth Shane to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

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