, Salem, MA

April 10, 2013

John Martin Bane, 89

SALEM — Mr. John Martin Bane, 89, of Salem, beloved husband of the late Grace Ann (Hanly) Bane, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Salem Hospital.

Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Martin J. and Catherine (Walsh) Bane. He was raised and educated in Salem. He attended the former St. Mary's Grammar School and graduated from Salem High School, Class of 1941.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Corps. He was assigned to the 339th Fighter/Bomber Group and served his country in many capacities and at various military bases and posts throughout his time in service.

Upon return from his military assignments, John was employed with the United Shoe Machine Corporation in Beverly until enrolling at Boston College. He graduated from BC in 1950 with a degree in accounting.

Mr. Bane had been employed with the Shell Oil Company. This relationship lasted for 38 years until the time of his retirement in 1988 as Office Administrator. He was associated with Shell Oil in Boston, Waltham, Wellesley, Westwood, and at their corporate head office in New York. He was a dedicated, valued employee who was known for his attention to detail.

He was a member of the B.C. Alumni Club, Juniper Community Club, the 339th FTR Group Association, AARP, and a past-president of the Salem Retirees Association. He held a Notary Public Commission and a Real Estate Broker License. He assisted the Salem High School, Class of 1941 Reunion Committee.

John was a past Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, the former Vice Commander of the American Legion, Witch City Post 227, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the AMVETS. He was a former assistant Scout Master, Troop 86, and volunteered for the Immaculate Conception CYO.

He had a true love for the City of Salem and the Salem Willows. He enjoyed spending time with neighbors Maribel and Mark Steadman, Matt Centorino, Betty Lowe and family of Salem, Mass., his New Hampshire friends, Judy O'Neil, Karen and Paul Whitmore, and his Shell Oil Co. friend, Dennis Sullivan, and over the years, his France friends, Valentine Lemercier and family.

His family was paramount in his life. John is survived by his children, Rosemary Bane Bogan of Salem, Marianne Bane of Danvers, Marguerite Bane of Salem, and John G. Bane of Illinois. He treasured times with his 11 grandchildren, John R. Bogan, Erin Rosemary Bogan, Patricia Bane, John G. Bane Jr., Phillip Bane, Michael Bane, Ruth Bane, Mary Bane, Esther Bane and Joshua Bane, and Joseph Bane. He enjoyed time spent with nephews, Marty Nally, Michael, Joseph, and Patrick Nally, and nieces Cathy Nally Mirra and Ellen Nally Brown. He loved visiting nephew and nieces in Indiana, Vincent P. Jr., Ellen Bane Haugk, Kathe Bane McCabe, and Mary E. Bane Byro and their children. John leaves many loving Bane/Walsh cousins in Belmont, Brighton, and New Jersey and also Fr. John McGrath of Hong Kong, China; cousins in Ireland, the Bane, McGrath, Brennan, O'Brien, McHugh, Collins, and Cahill families, whom he visited during his 15 trips to Ireland. He will be deeply missed.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held from The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Square (at Salem Common), Salem, Saturday, April 13, at 9:15 a.m., followed by his funeral Mass in the Immaculate Conception Church, Hawthorne Boulevard, Salem at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in John's memory to the American Heart Association. 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit