Obituary: Noel Wentworth Kane – Portland Press Herald



Noel Wentworth Kane

Noel Wentworth Kane 1941 – 2021 HARPSWELL – Noel Wentworth Kane of Harpswell and Washington, DC passed away on September 10 after a brief stay at Midcoast Hospital, with his 56-year-old wife, Betty Ann Kane, by his side. He was 80 years old. While the community of Capitol Hill in Washington has been Kane’s family center and professional and political base for 54 years, Noel was fortunate enough to experience the pandemic and his senior year in a place he loved just as much – watching Harpswell Sound from the property on Harpswell Neck first brought by his grandfather Jacob Marcus Salomon in 1926 and from the area first visited by his grandmother Lena Towle Salomon, of Lewiston, as a child in the 1880s. Lena’s Memoirs of Harpswell Cottages are in the collection of the Harpswell Historical Society. Noel’s first year at Harpswell took place at the end of World War II, at the age of 4, and he has spent part of almost every summer there since. Noel was born July 6, 1941 to Leonard and Marguerite Salomon Kane in New Rochelle, NY and raised in Scarsdale, NY. He and Betty Ann (Elizabeth) Cooper met at the freshman mixer in their first week at Middlebury College and got married in 1965. After graduation, Noel taught English for three years at the Cheshire Academy in Connecticut before moving the family to Washington to attend Georgetown Law School. After graduating from law school in 1970, Noel was a lawyer in the Consumer Protection Division of the Federal Trade Commission for eight years. He started his own law firm in 1980 and has assisted hundreds of individuals and families in domestic and probate matters and has served beyond the call of duty as a guardian and curator appointed by a prudent and honest tribunal for his wards until his retirement in 2017. He was moderator. of All Souls Church Unitarian, as a member of the DC Democratic State Committee, as president and founding member of the Capitol Hill Association of Merchants and Professionals, and as an advisor and supporter of Betty Ann’s successful political campaigns for the DC Board of Education and DC City Council. Noel will be remembered for his sardonic wit, his deep knowledge and interest in American presidential history, his love of rock music, especially seeing the Pogues and U2 in his 70s, and his stubborn refusal to give up his loyalty to the New York Yankees in the face of all of his New England parents. In addition to Betty Ann, Noel is survived by daughter Jessica Towle Naipier-Kane of Brunswick; son Justin Wentworth Kane of Washington, DC; and three grandsons, Lancelot Naipier-Kane of Washington, DC, Maximillian Naipier-Kane and wife Annaleise Conner of Omaha, Neb. and Jeffrey Naipier-Kane of Brunswick; and his son-in-law Jack Naipier-Kane of London, England. He also leaves behind cousins, as close as siblings, Frances Whitney Townsend and her husband Jim of Richmond, Brian Murphy and his wife Marvera of Franklin, NH and Brandon, Florida, Stephen Towle Murphy of Sarasota, Florida, Craig Noel Salomon from Exeter, NH, Tyler Chase Robinson and his wife Susan from Dover, NH; and many other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the staff at the Horizons Living and Rehab Center for their care and patience and the staff at CHANS who helped make Noel’s comfortable last year, including Jenna Sullivan, Holly White, Kim Ruby and Suzanne Cavallieri, as well as Erika Lemont of Horizons who bribed him with ham and cheese sandwiches and bowls of ice cream. We also thank the Harpswell Neck Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service for their exceptional service. A memorial service is scheduled for April at All Souls Church Unitarian in Washington with interment in the Congressional Cemetery. A reunion of local family and friends will also be held at Kane’s Harpswell Residence in June 2022. Memories and condolences can be shared at Noel dated Birch Rock as a teenager and the nonprofit camp provided a wonderful experience for many years to Kane’s three grandsons as well as hundreds of other boys who were lucky enough to attend. Memorial donations can be made on Noel’s behalf to the Birch Rock Camp for Boys Scholarship Fund in South Waterford Maine 15 Skyline Road South Portland, ME 04106

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