James S. Kane

James S. Kane, who spent 35 years as a Justice Department lawyer before retiring in 1986, died Sept. 9 at the Brightview Fallsgrove assisted-living center in Rockville. He was 91.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son Stephen Kane.

Mr. Kane’s work with the Justice Department included assignments in the criminal and internal security divisions and on the Board of Immigrant Appeals.

James Stephen Kane was born in Woonsocket, R.I. He graduated from Providence College in 1946 and from Catholic University’s law school in 1949.

He lived in Gaithersburg and was a past grand knight of a local council of the Knights of Columbus and a former president of the Rhode Island State Society.

He sang in the choirs of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and St. Matthew’s Cathedral, both in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Geraldine Ralph Kane of Gaithersburg; five children, Kathleen Bonuccelli of Fairfax Station, Kevin Kane of Darnestown, Md., Stephen Kane of Naples, Fla., Brian Kane of Germantown and Beth Ann Mellott of Ijamsville; and 13 grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes