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“Dear Brian and familyWe were so saddened to hear of Emily's passing. and want to offer our deepest condolences to you all. She was one of the nicest...Read More »
1 of 45 | Posted by: Lucille and Mario Lituri - MA

“I want to express my deepest condolences to Emily's family and friends. I went to school with Emily and still remember how kind, generous and...Read More »
2 of 45 | Posted by: Dianne Moran - Brighton, MA

“The 5N staff want to tell you how saddened we were to hear of Emily's passing. Her bright smile always lit up our unit. She will be so missed. ”
3 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Brian I am so sorry to hear of you and your family's loss. Emily was one of the nicest people . I know she will be missed greatly. Mike and...Read More »
4 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“To the Kane family,I am so very saddened to hear about this sad loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.Emily was a beautiful...Read More »
5 of 45 | Posted by: A friend

“Brian and family, so sorry to hear of Emily's passing. Her beautiful smile will never be forgotten. May all your wonderful memories help ease your...Read More »
6 of 45 | Posted by: Marlene Cole - Weymouth, MA

“Forever in our hearts and prayersAll our love,Maureen and John ”
7 of 45 | Posted by: Maureen and john Considine - MA

“I was so sorry to hear of Emily's passing. Your family remains in my thoughts & prayers. ”
8 of 45 | Posted by: Sheyron Banks - West Roxbury, MA

“To Family and Friends,So sorry for your loss. Emily will be missed greatly. Not knowing quite what to say, I will default to a treasured quote from...Read More »
9 of 45 | Posted by: Michel Provencher - Waltham, MA

“Our beautiful friend and neighbor was always smiling, always ready to lend a helping hand and always had a positive attitude. She showed such courage...Read More »
10 of 45 | Posted by: cliff and Bonnie Nelson - Waltham, MA

“Dear Brian, Justine, Alex, MattWith a heavy heart I share your pain over the loss of Emily. I hope you take solace in the unconditional and enormous...Read More »
11 of 45 | Posted by: Yasmin Nunez - Everett, MA

“Dear Phil&Christine,Bryan,Dino and Anne, Matt,Justine,Alex,Sam,&Michael - We are all thinking of you during this difficult time. The love your family...Read More »
12 of 45 | Posted by: Lisa,David,Dom,Matt & Daniel DiMatteo - MA

“Words can not express my heartfelt sorrow and sadness since the passing of sweet Emily. I will miss her beautiful smile, the sparkle in her eyes and...Read More »
13 of 45 | Posted by: Debbie McGrath - Foxborough, MA

“Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy and love,The Gates Family ”
14 of 45 | Posted by: Carolyn considine Gates - Nashua, NH

“Brian and families,Emily was special, one of the very best, and she willalways be remembered with a smile.All our best,Rick, Linda and Amy Young ”
15 of 45 | Posted by: Rick Young - Framingham, MA

“Dear Kane and DiMascio family,Emily always talked about how lucky she was to have all of you. She was so proud of all her children's accomplishments...Read More »
16 of 45 | Posted by: Tina DiCenso Fleming - Boston, MA

“Brian, Dino and all the families,We are so sorry to hear of Emily's passing. She had a welcoming smile that always greeted us every time we visited...Read More »
17 of 45 | Posted by: Mark and Valerie Binsfield - IA

“Dear Brian, Justine, Alex and Mathew,There are no words that can be said to stop your pain right now. Emily's life was blessed having all of you love...Read More »
18 of 45 | Posted by: Rebecca Barnes - Waltham, MA

“So sorry to hear about the passing of Emily, a kind and strong lady. Always took the time to say hello and catch up. She's will be missed by many....Read More »
19 of 45 | Posted by: Rose Salvucci - Waltham, MA

“Dear Brian and FamilyTucker and I are heartbroken over the loss of Emily. She always had a wonderful smile and brought us much joy and love. ...Read More »
20 of 45 | Posted by: Diane Cronin - Brewster, MA

“Our deepest condolences for your loss.hugs and prayers. ”
21 of 45 | Posted by: Annette clark - Watertown, MA

“Alex and family, Jan and I are very sorry for your loss. You have our condolences, if you need anything at all please feel free to reach out to us. ”
22 of 45 | Posted by: David Raposo - Waltham, MA

“Emily was a beautiful women with a beautiful soul. God now has an amazing angel beside him. Sending our heartfelt sympathy to Brian and Emily's...Read More »
23 of 45 | Posted by: Susan Centola - Maynard, MA

“Dear Brian, Justine, Alex & Matt, Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences for your loss. We will truly miss Emily the light of Berkley Street,...Read More »
24 of 45 | Posted by: Denise & Bob Campo & McLaren - MA


25 of 45 | Posted by: gerry pettiglio

“I remember Emily as a mom at Northeast Elementary with one of the most inviting smiles. My thoughts are with her family and friends. ”
26 of 45 | Posted by: Kelly Unsworth Fitzpatrick - MA

“God Bless and Protect You Brian love and Your Beautiful Family. Emily is with the Lord! ”
27 of 45 | Posted by: Paul and Mary Quin - Burnsville, MN

“God Bless and Protect You Brian and Your Beautiful Family. Emily is with the Lord! ”
28 of 45 | Posted by: Paul and Mary Quin - Burnsville, MN

“Emily, beautiful inside and out. I remember your beautiful bright smile while dropping by the payroll office. for you and family. ”
29 of 45 | Posted by: Denise Murphy McCarthy - Dedham, MA

“Dear Brian,Justine, Alex, and Matthew We are so sorry for your loss your Mother was a wonderful person. She will always be in our prayers and forever...Read More »
30 of 45 | Posted by: Charlene McGann - Waltham, MA

“To Emily's cute little family. I hope you carry in your hearts forever her extraordinary love for all of you. You brought her more joy than you could...Read More »
31 of 45 | Posted by: Joanie Waite - Brighton, MA

“Dear Brian, Justine, Alex, Matt, Mr. & Mrs. DiMascio, Dino, Ann, Sam, Michael, and all the family, We are heartbroken for all of you. There is no...Read More »
32 of 45 | Posted by: Elizabeth Puopolo - North Easton, MA

“Heartbroken....our angel, true friend, taken too soon.I will forever miss your beautiful smile, loving spirit, andour friendship....no words, just...Read More »
33 of 45 | Posted by: Paula Oliveri - Waltham, MA

“I love you baby ”
34 of 45 | Posted by: Brian Kane - Waltham

“For Emily's Treasures; her family and friends. We didn't know Emily long, but it doesn't take long to know she is a beautiful soul who will be...Read More »
35 of 45 | Posted by: Kathy & Paul Young

“Brian, Dino, and all the family.My heart is heavy..Word cannot express and seem so shallow. Emily gave it her all.She no matter...Read More »
36 of 45 | Posted by: June Hickey - East Bridgewater, MA

“I love you so much Mom. Thank you for everything you have done for us. ”
37 of 45 | Posted by: Matthew Kane - Waltham, MA - Son

“When we think of Emily we smile. We will remember her as a bright happy person. Always willing to stop and chat if she saw you while walking her...Read More »
38 of 45 | Posted by: Paula & Jeffrey Sargavakian - MA

“Dino and Family,I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that you have the peace that passes all understanding knowing that Emily is now in eternal life...Read More »
39 of 45 | Posted by: Heather Bentley - Rehoboth, MA

“My sweet, sweet Emily. I am heartbroken and at the same time filled with so many happy memories of our friendship. You filled my world with love and...Read More »
40 of 45 | Posted by: Donna Sweeney - Braintree, MA

“Brian and family,Emily was a bright light in all our lives. She will be missed by all who knew her. We loved her. May God bless all of you. ”
41 of 45 | Posted by: Jay and Barbara Broderick - MA

“Dear Brian and Family,My family and I were so heartbroken to hear of Emily's passing. Emily will be forever remembered and forever missed. May...Read More »
42 of 45 | Posted by: Donna Blackburn - Waltham, MA

“Dear Brian and family:We cried when we heard that Emily went to Heaven! She lit our world!We pray she prepares Heaven for the rest of us! We will...Read More »
43 of 45 | Posted by: Paul & Anabelle Murphy - MA

“Brian & Family, Mario and I are so very sorry to hear of Emily's passing! She was an Angel on Earth and now she will be one in heaven! She will be...Read More »
44 of 45 | Posted by: Betty Tulipano - Watertown

“Brian and Family, There are no words to express the sorrow I feel over the passing of Emily.She was a strong and loving friend that will always...Read More »
45 of 45 | Posted by: Ruth Chobit - East Dennis, MA


Emily Kane's admirable and well fought fight with a rare cancer came to its end on Thursday, March 23, 2017. She died peacefully in the company of her family. She was 53.

Born in Brighton on September 10, 1963 she is the daughter of Feliciano and Giustina (Persechini) DiMascio. A graduate of the former Our Lady of the Presentation High School in Brighton she also earned her associates degree from Boston Business School. She married Newton native, Brian M. Kane on September 27, 1986 in St. Columbkille's Church in her native Brighton. It is well known that those of Irish and Italian heritage make good couples and as a result . . . good families! 'Good company . . . good food and wine can make good people' said Shakespeare. Emily's life was always centered around her family. Life took them to Waltham over 20 years ago and they became entrenched in the community they very much love.

For over 15 years she worked in the human resource department at Boston College. It wasn't just work but rather a job she loved and looked forward to each day. Its environment was rich with good friends and a community who wrapped their arms around her when she was diagnosed with Thymic Carcinoma twelve years ago.

Active and involved in the activities of her three children she enthusiastically boasted to be a proud hockey and marathon mom and supporter of her son's music endeavors. She was their number one fan and faithful cheerleader. Sunday dinners at her parents home with the great cooking of her mother and the presence of her family are memories treasured even more now.

St. Augustine said "Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." Emily's faith guided and sustained her throughout her life and especially during her illness. Whether Mass at Saint Ignatius while at Boston College or in her home parish of Our Lady's in Waltham the Church provided her a place to pause, pray and continue to place her trust in God. And now we trust . . . and pray that Emily knows God's peace.

In addition to her husband of 30 years, Brian, she leaves their children, Justine J. Kane of Boston, Alexander M. Kane and Matthew P. Kane of Waltham; her parents, Feliciano and Giustina DiMascio of Waltham; her brother, Dino DiMascio and his wife, Ann, of Waltham; her father and mother in-law, Donald and Judith (Madden) Kane of Newton; in-laws Donna Vona and her husband, Stephen, of Newton, Sharon DiCicco and husband,Tony, of Waltham and Michael Kane of Northborough; her nephews and nieces, Michael and Samantha DiMascio, Stephanie and Ryan Vona, Stephen and Scott DiCicco and Emily and Jessica Kane and many aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Family and friends will honor and remember Emily's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday March 26th from 2 to 6 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Newton Cemetery.

Continue Emily's fight to eradicate cancer with a donation to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston MA 02284 or to Dr. Giuseppe Giaccone, Thymic Carcinoma Research, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, 1st Floor, Washington, DC 20007.