James McKane

Obituary of James J. McKane

James J. McKane, 90, of Archbald, passed away due to ongoing health complications early March 9, 2022, 3 weeks short of his 91st birthday, at home in his sons’ arms. Born on March 28th, 1931, in Honesdale, PA, Jim was the eldest son of the late James V. McKane and Josephine Schmidt McKane. The family moved to the paternal farmstead in Pleasant Mount, where Jim graduated from Pleasant Mount High school, class of 1950. He then founded and played in numerous square-dance bands where he was a master of the fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and bass. He is a veteran of the Army and served as an instructor at the Army Signal School in Fort Carson, CO. before his honorable discharge in 1962. He went on to earn both his undergraduate degree and master’s degree from the University of Scranton in 1960 and 1972, respectively. He was an engineer at Bendix Co. in Sydney, NY and at Weston, Archbald, before deciding to teach mathematics at Waymart and Valley View High Schools until his retirement (1971-1997). Jim was an avid outdoorsman, family man, daredevil, and tinker. He enjoyed sunsets on the deck of his lake house in Herrick Center and travelling with his wife, to whom he was deeply devoted, Lucille Cavalieri McKane. They shared fifty-three years of marriage. He was also a faithful member of Christ the King Parish, where he was a lector for many years. Most importantly, he was a dedicated grandfather who never missed a chance to spend time with any one of his five loving grandchildren and always attended their many events. He was deeply admired by each of them. Surviving are his two sisters, Joan Mican, Waymart, and Jane Miller, Endicott, NY, her husband Wayne, and his brother, Jerome, of Pleasant Mount, his sister-in-law Johanna Thomas, his sons, James P. McKane (Mary Therese) Archbald and Joseph K. McKane (Leigh) Fairfax Station, VA, grandchildren James P. Jr., Nathan and Noah, Archbald, and Liam and Violet, Fairfax Station, VA, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, who all loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Cavalieri McKane, infant siblings brothers Joseph and John and sister Rosemary, sister-in-law Marie Tomassoni, and brothers-in-law, Edward Mican, Foster Tomassoni, and William Thomas, a niece Heidi McKane, and great-nephew Christopher Lewis. Funeral services will be at the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St. Peckville, with mass of Christian Burial at 10 Am at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Christ the King Parish, Eynon. Entombment is at St. Francis Cemetery, Eynon. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7PM at the funeral home. For online condolences go to “margottafuneralhomes.com.” Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Parish, 429 Church St. Archbald, PA 18403 and the Wayne County 4-H Club, 648 Park Street, Suite E Honesdale, PA 18431 or visit https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/wayne. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to: Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak for her innumerable house calls, who devotedly and generously cared for Jim’s every need, the many Wright Center nurses, especially Keri Machelli, Sister Maureen, Traditional Homehealth and Hospice Care who helped Jim remain comfortably at home, along with Fr. Clement and Fr. Clarke of Christ the King Parish. The family is grateful to his caregivers Robyn, Karen, Lindsay, and Allison, all family members that checked in on him over the years and readily provided assistance when his condition called for it, and the countless friends and former students who always brought a smile to his face.


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 13, 2022
James M. Margotta Funeral Home
1019 Main St.
Peckville, Pennsylvania, United States
(570) 489-6622

Funeral Mass

Funeral Mass for James J. McKane Monday, March 14th at 10 AM St. Mary's Church in Eynon
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