Charles H. Kana | Obituary



July 4, 1930 — August. 31, 2021

REXFORD, NY – Charles H. Kana passed away on August 31, 2021, aged 91. He was a former resident of Coburg Village in Rexford, New York and previously lived at Summer Winds in Saratoga Springs. Charles was born in Whitehall, New York on July 4, 193O, the third son of the late Fenton W. Kana, Jr., and Clara Adeline Neddo. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Doreen Cooke Kana, 65, and his eldest son, Thomas E. Kana of Colorado Springs, CO, his brothers, George Robert Kana (Rube) of Whitehall and Raymond William Kana of Beverly Hills, Florida. .

Charles graduated from Whitehall High School in the class of 1947. Charlie then attended Albany Business College and received his two year accounting degree in 1950 and was subsequently appointed to the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point , New York. In February 1955 he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering, including a Third Engineer License from the Coast Guard. The day after graduation, he married his best friend and high school prom date Doreen Ann Cooke at the Star of The Sea Chapel. After graduating from Kings Point, Charlie accepted a position with General Electric Co. in Schenectady, NY. He eventually worked at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory where he became involved in the design and manufacture of large reactor valves for the nuclear power plants of the submarine Triton and the cruiser Bainbridge. Charlie held various engineering leadership roles at GE and KAPL before retiring in 1992.


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