Friends, Colleagues Remember Late State Auditor Rob Kane

State Auditor Rob Kane passed away suddenly on February 6. A Watertown resident, he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Thoughts and remembrances from colleagues and friends poured in this week. Shown in the State Capitol are (from left) state Sen. Eric Berthel, state Rep. Joe Polletta and Mr. Kane.

WATERTOWN — The Watertown Police Patrol Division went to 59 Taft Cir. on Friday, February 5 to, check on a party who was not answering the phone. Officers met family on scene at which time the homeowner, State Auditor Rob Kane, 53 years old, was found deceased in the residence. There does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances, police said. The OCME is still conducting an investigation.

Rep. Joe Polletta, R-68, said, “The passing of my good friend and mentor Rob Kane is incredibly shocking and heartbreaking.

“I was fortunate to share Rob’s last meal with him Wednesday evening, only to find out that he died hours later. I will forever cherish that time I was afforded to spend with him.

“He spoke extensively about how proud he was of his children and his work at the State Capitol. I am forever grateful to have known my friend Rob Kane. I will carry special memories of him with me for the rest of my life.”

Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly remarked, “Our hearts are filled with grief. Rob Kane was a champion for the people of Connecticut. As a state senator, he served the people of the 32nd District with skill, style and compassion.

“Rob loved Connecticut, he loved public service, and he took great pride in helping people in need. He also loved his family and his children very much. We in the state senate were proud to call him our friend and colleague.

“We will miss his smile, his laugh, and his positive presence at the State Capitol. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob’s family during this incredibly painful time.”

Sen. Eric Berthel, R-32, commented, “Rob Kane was a statesman, a mentor, a great friend. He was a son, brother, dad.

“Anyone who knew him will mis his presence, his regular jokes about politics, his wit and his great advice.

“Rob exemplified public service and what it meant to be the voice of the people. We the people will be forevery appreciative for his commitment, his courage, his sacrifices and for standing up for what he believed was right.

“His love of family — his brothers, sisters and especially his children, was enviable and always a priority over everything else. He constantly reminded all of us that family came before anything.

“Our community has suffered a great loss. My personal debt of gratitude to Rob is large and mostly unpaid.

I will be forever grateful for his friendship and the memories he shared.”

Watertown Town Manager Mark Raimo said, “The town of Watertown and its citizens join the Kane family and the state in mourning the loss of a strong, dedicated public servant.

“Watertown is forever grateful for his sacrifices and recognition that real strength of character comes from standing up for others. May he be remembered for his positive spirit and his strong family values.”

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