Clifford J. Shane
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A noted Syracuse athlete of his day, Clifford J. Shane, 94, of Skaneateles died peacefully at home last Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, with wife Mary Kate and daughter Susan at his side. He graduated from North High School on the north side of the city, where he excelled in football, baseball and boxing as well as academics.
Cliff attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he played flanker back for the university’s winning football team, earning the nickname “Hurricane Shane.” He also boxed at Penn and was the Light Heavyweight Champion in 1940. He was the treasurer for his fraternity Delta Tau Delta. He graduated from Penn’s Wharton Business School in 1941. After graduating, the Philadelphia Eagles approached him to play for the team but instead he entered military service. Cliff landed on the Normandy beaches and rose to the rank of captain while serving in General Patton’s army.
After the war, Cliff lived in Philadelphia and worked for Container Corporation of America but returned home to Syracuse in 1950. He founded Shane & Company, a material handling business, which is now Syracuse Shane. His athleticism continued throughout his life, from touch football to excelling at golf, tennis and ice hockey. In the early 1970s, he helped organize a senior men’s hockey group in Skaneateles.
Married to Mary Katherine (Kate) Eckel of Solvay in 1953, they raised four children – Kathryn (McCarty) of Arlington, VA; Susan (MacLean) of Shelburne, VT; Betsy of Winthrop, MA; and C. John, Jr. of Brentwood, TN -- all of whom survive him. He also is survived by his cousin Elizabeth Shanley and his children’s spouses – Kevin McCarty, Charles MacLean and Jenny Shane. He also was blessed with six wonderful grandchildren – Shane and Katelyn McCarty, Christina and C.J. Shane, III , and Graham and Erick MacLean.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, and he will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s cemetery in Skaneateles. Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to Skaneateles SAVES. For condolences and inquiries visit: robertdgrayfuneralhome.com.