Francis J. Shane, 67, limo-industry official

Francis J. Shane
Francis J. Shane
Posted: July 09, 2014

Francis J. Shane, 67, of Mount Laurel, executive director of the National Limousine Association in Marlton in the 2000s, died Thursday, July 3, of complications from diabetes at Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

Founded in 1985, the association describes itself on its website as representing "the luxury-chauffeured ground transportation industry."

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Shane graduated from North Catholic High School and, after working as a shipboard Navy radioman, graduated from Peirce College and earned a bachelor's degree at Temple University.

While at Temple, Mr. Shane taught at St. Jerome School in Northeast Philadelphia and was a feature writer and political reporter for the Juniata News, a weekly in North Philadelphia, a daughter, Monica Shane-Sanchez, said.

Mr. Shane assumed similar responsibilities in the late 1970s for the Intercounty Newspaper Group.

In 1980, he moved to Minnesota, and until 1984, he was public relations director for the Catholic Diocese of Duluth and taught English at what is now Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, his daughter said.

He also hosted two weekend programs for a radio station in Virginia, Minn.

After leaving Minnesota in 1984, Mr. Shane became a division director for the March of Dimes in Philadelphia.

At the same time, his daughter said, "he was in politics and ran various local campaigns for Republicans."

In 1988, she said, he was the Pennsylvania manager for the unsuccessful Republican presidential primary campaign of U.S. Sen. Robert Dole.

In the late 1990s, Mr. Shane moved to Virginia and, into the early 2000s, was executive director of the National Genealogical Society in Arlington.

In 1973, he self-published a poetry collection, Vision of a Moment.

Besides his daughter, Mr. Shane is survived by his wife, Geraldine; son Michael; daughters Theresa, Kelly, and Christine Paladino; two sisters; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A viewing was set for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Andrew T. Rakowski Funeral Home, 2634 E. Allegheny Ave., with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10, at St. Adalbert Church, 2645 E. Allegheny Ave. Burial will be in Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, Bucks County.

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