Jon Samuel Kanefield
1956 - 1998
| Everyone faces challenges in life,
and it is the attitude with which one faces these challenges that
reveals the most about an individual. Jon Samuel Kanefield faced
his challenges with courage and an analytical level-headedness.
was born on August 2, 1956, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At
age three he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a breath-robbing
disease that he fought bravely for 42 years. Near the end of his
life, he compared his struggle with Cystic Fibrosis to painstakingly
climbing an airless mountain every day.
Yet Jon didn't let his disease define his earthly
existence. As if to make up for his physical limitations, Jon
developed a keen mind with many interests. He earned bachelors
and masters degrees in electrical engineering and enjoyed a successful
career as a recognized professional in his field. He enjoyed sports,
both as a participant and as a fan.
He was an astute investor, meticulously researching
business opportunities and carefully purchasing stocks and real
estate. He shared his knowledge generously and his sound investments
invariably became profitable for him and those he advised.
Jon was also an avid stamp and coin collector,
beginning his hobbies as a child and continuing them throughout
his busy life. His family remembers waiting for him for hours
in the car while he went into post office after post office seeking
one more special edition of a stamp.
He was a noted cook and an avid gardener, growing
his own vegetables. As a child, Jon routinely watched cooking
programs on television, then prepared dinner for his mother, father,
His family was important to him, especially his
three nephews, Benjamin, Paul and David. He introduced them to
the stock market, bought them stock shares, flew kites with them
at the beach, and taught them binary arithmetic over relaxed dinners.
He was a kind and generous son, brother, uncle,
nephew and friend. His determination earned the admiration of
all who knew him. After his death on December 3, 1998, one family
member at his memorial service said, "Jon lived so long he
had all of us believing he would live forever."
Now Jon is high above his steep mountain, into
space, where there is no air and where it doesn't matter. He watches
serenely, an inspiration to us all, waiting patiently for a cure
so others won't have their own mountains to climb.