If you lived in Queensbury or Glens Falls over the past few decades, chances are you knew and liked Dan Kane.
He was involved in so many things, a former social studies teacher at Queensbury High, Warren County planner, real estate agent, avid hiker and Adirondack Mountain Club volunteer, off-ice official for hockey at Cool Insuring Arena, SPAC security guard and high school basketball official. He also ran for county supervisor a few years ago. (I also learned this morning he was Glens Falls YMCA volunteer of the year at one point.)
Most importantly, Dan was one of the nicest guys I knew, always had time to chat, and share some of the immense knowledge of many subjects he had accumulated over the years.
Dan died this week, still a young man at 65. He had been battling cancer, which despite the fact he and I talked hiking, government, politics, sports and myriad other subjects whenever we bumped into each other, I had not known.
We last chatted at the Y earlier this summer, talking about some hiking travails and High Peaks rescues, as he had worked as a summit steward for ADK and was a big advocate for the mountains. His years-long focus was on safety on the trails, and never once did he mention his health concerns.
State Assemblyman Dan Stec was a good friend, and said Kane had not shared a lot of information about his illness but remained upbeat throughout.
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Stec and Kane hiked many Adirondack High Peaks together as they became 46ers several years ago.
"He was one of those guys that everyone liked," Stec said. "You never heard a bad word about Dan Kane. He was involved in so many things and touched so many lives."
Calling hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home on Quaker Road in Queensbury, and funeral services will be private for the family.
Our deepest condolences go to his family, and I hope they know how much good he did in his life for so many people, even though it ended far sooner than it should have.
-- Don Lehman