Joseph G. Kane, 64, executive vice president of the Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers International Union, died Monday at his home in Silver Spring after a heart attack.
He came to this area in 1969 when he was named executive vice president of the Bakery and Confectionery Workers International Union. When that union and the Tobacco Workers International Union merged this past summer, he was elected to serve another four-year term.
Mr. Kane was botn in Sugar Notch, Pa. He went to work in the coal mines of that region at the age of 15, and joined the United Mine Workers.
He started work at the Sunshine Biscuit plant in Long Island City, N.Y., in 1940, and helped organize the workers there into a local of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers Union, becoming president of the local.
In 1949, Mr. Kane lea the local into affiliation with the Bakery and Confectionery Workers International vice ion. He became international vice president of that union in 1958.
Mr. Kane served in the Pacific with the Marine Corps in World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Regina, of the home; two daughters, Marilyn Janse, of Silver Spring, and Barbara Queenan, of West Babylon, N.Y.; two sons, Robert, of Greenbelt, and Brain, of Silver Spring; three sisters, Sister Zita Marie Kane. I.H.M., of Scranton, Pa., Julia Buonasera, of Silver Spring, and Zita Sagan, of Queens, N.Y.; a brother, John, of Parlin, N.J., and two grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the building fund of the Church of Christ the King in Silver spring.