Bruce R. Kane (Baltimore Sun / April 5, 2012)

Bruce R. Kane, a retired mechanical engineer whose career in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry spanned more than six decades, died March 15 of complications from melanoma at his daughter's Brandywine home.

The one-time Timonium resident was 88.

Mr. Kane, the son of an educator and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on Sequoia Avenue in the city's Ashburton neighborhood.

After graduating from Forest Park High School, he began his college studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

He left Cornell during World War II and enlisted in the Army Air Forces. Trained as a navigator, Mr. Kane was stationed in Italy with the 15th Air Force, where he flew aboard B-17 bombers under the command of Maj. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle.

He attained the rank of lieutenant, and his decorations included the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

After the war, he returned to Cornell, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Mr. Kane, who lived in Rodgers Forge and later Timonium, began his career in the late 1940s in Baltimore with the firm Lloyd E. Mitchell Co., where he worked for 15 years.

In the early 1960s, he moved to Hollywood, Fla., and joined the HVAC firm of Ousley Associates in Miami. He was working for S.R. Sales in Winter Garden, Fla., at the time of his 2009 retirement.

Mr. Kane, who had moved to Brandywine several years ago, enjoyed collecting maps, playing golf and doing crossword puzzles.

He had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Winter Park, Fla.

No services are planned at this time, family members said.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Jane Stone; a son, Bruce R. Kane II of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter, Erin Monfort of Brandywine; a sister, Elizabeth Glaser of Roland Park; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

An earlier version misidentified Kane's son's name. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com