Remembering John Kane (1942-2020)

By: 
John Springfield

John Kane, a long time member of CRW, passed away in Florida in November 2020. He joined CRW in 1972, and soon became a board member and editor of Wheelpeople.  In 1976 he originated the annual New Years Day ride from Boston Common. 

John is the fourth from the left wearing a gray sweater. The photo is from the 1976 New Year's Day Ride. 
 

But to many of us old-timers, he was "the" MC at the annual awards banquet.  I can still see him awarding raffle prizes to unsuspecting "winners", always adding a witty comment.

I met John in 1973 on an American Youth Hostel ride.  Back then he was known as Richard Mazeikus.   He told me about the CRW, and I joined CRW in the fall of 1973.   Besides CRW rides, I rode with John on TOSRV-East in Vermont,  several GEAR rallies, and the 1980 LAW Centennial in Newport. John was a smart guy (a Mensa member).  He was very knowledgeable of New England history, politics, and current events.  We also shared an interest in model railroads, attending a huge exposition near Springfield in the 1990's and early 2000's.

Ironically, we both shared the problem of heart disease.  His eventually slowed him down, but he kept reporting his mileage to the CRW Mileage database until last year.  He and I have been reporting since 1980.

An obituary for John appeared in a Florida newspaper.

So I'll miss you, old friend.

May the wind always be at your back.