Cecil Douglas Kane, 95 of Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Vet Unit, Middleton, formerly of Canning passed away peacefully on January 30, 2018. Born in Canning, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Kane. He was the last of 13 siblings.
Cecil loved scratching his lotto tickets and watching his sports. In his younger days, he enjoyed camping and fishing. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #6 for over 50 years.
At the age of 19, Cecil joined the army. He served with the North Nova Scotia Higlanders. One day on maneuvers he went through a hedge on a motorbike, injuring himself, and then was transferred to the holding unit at Cook Cross Road in Aldershot, England. From there he went to France, on June 6 "D-Day", he fought straight through France into Holland. It took until Christmas to arrive in Holland. On Christmas Eve, he was stationed at a farmhouse in a barn overlooking the Rhine River With Spyglasses, he spotted German soldiers drinking wine and heard them singing Christmas carols. He stayed at his post all night, awake to make sure they didn't cross the river. Cecil got a week vacation and went back to England to see his gal, Betty. From there he went back to Holland and crossed the Rhine River into Germany, where he was wounded. The American Army picked him up and took him back to England. After six months in hospital, they put him on a medical ship bound for Canada in 1945 and waited patiently for his wife to arrive.
After that, Cecil worked many jobs, his last being with the commissionaire, working as a special canstable in Kentville until he retired in 1979.
He is survived by children Sylvia Hillier of Canning; Cecil (Rose) Kane of Centreville; Tom (Elaine) Kane of Woodville; Linda (Gerald) MacInnis of Port Williams; John Kane of Canning; Carol (Carl) Bond of Sunken Lake; Christine (Howard) MacInnis of Glenmont; Hope (Barry) Shanks of Centreville; Holly (Donald) Boudreau of New Minas; 21 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.
Cecil was predeceased by his loving wife Elizabeth "Betty" and oldest daughter Jenny Sarty, son-in-law Norman Hillier, great grandson Jeremy Hillier and daughter-in-law Heather Crandall.
The family would like to give thanks to the staff of Soldier’s Memorial Hospital, Veteran’s Unit., for all the care they have given.
A visitation will take place on Saturday February 3, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Wolfville Chapel. A Funeral Service will be held on Sunday February 4, 2018 at 3:00 pm in the Canning United Baptist Church, 2223 North Avenue, Canning, preceded by a Legion Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Lung Association of Nova Scotia or a Charity of One's Choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr. (902-679-2822).