Dr. Robert Ross Kana, 61, of Glens Falls, N.Y. passed away on Sat. Sept. 6, 2008 at the Fort Hudson Nursing Home where he was a resident for the past several years.
Dr. Kana was born on Feb. 4,1947 in Glens Falls, N.Y. He was the son of the late Robert and Rose (Ross) Kana.
Bob attended grade school in Salem, N.Y. where his father was athletic director. The family then moved to Whitehall in 1960, the hometown of both his parents. He graduated from Whitehall High School in 1965. He attended Villanova University where he received his Bachelors Degree in 1969. Following his graduation, he became a graduate assistant at Villanova and received his Master’s Degree in Psychology in 1971.
Bob attended Georgetown Dental School in Washington, D.C. graduating in May of 1975. He practiced dentistry in Washington, DC before returning to the Glens Falls area. Dr. Kana ran a very successful dental practice in Glens Falls for many years until his illness in 1995. He was a well respected dentist and loved by many patients throughout the Washington and Warren County area. His dental practice was a source of great pride in his life.
Dr. Kana also served on the Glens Falls Board of Education for the Glens Falls school district. He worked tirelessly to insure that all students received the best education possible. Bob was especially dedicated to advancing the educational needs of children with special needs.
Another great source of pride for Dr. Kana was the Glens Falls High School Boys Basketball Tournament. He was a core member of the team responsible for hosting the tournament in Glens Falls. Since Dr. Kana’s illness, The Upper Hudson Dental Society has awarded the"Sportsmanship Award" to a player in Bob’s honor. Most important in Bob’s life was his loving family. He was a dedicated father and husband first and foremost.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Jane, and his two daughters Mary Rose and Catherine. Dr. Kana is also survived by his sister Karen Sittler, her husband, Lester, their children, Luke, Adam, Meghan and her husband Jeremy, and Zachary Sittler, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Anita Zedayko and his niece, Tara and brother-in-law, William Zedayko.and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
Bob Kana was an inspiration to all who knew him. He was a man of deep religious faith who suffered greatly. His love of family and community could not be taken from him, even as his illness took him from us. He will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend and he is cherished by all who knew him.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church in Whitehall, on Thursday, Sept. 11,2008 at 10:00 AM. with Rev. Michael Flannery, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery in Whitehall.
Family and friends may call at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams Street, Whitehall, NY on Wed., Sept. 10,2008 from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM.
The family asks that donations be made to the Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch at 97 Hidden Valley Rd. Lake Luzerne, N.Y. 12846, in Dr. Kana’s memory. Double H Ranch specializes in services for children with life threatening illnesses, a cause very near to Dr. Kana’s heart.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the staff at Fort Edward Nursing Home for their excellent care of Dr. Kana over the past 12 years.