Former Red Canoe CEO Bob Kane Passes Away Unexpectedly

It is with a very heavy heart that Red Canoe Credit Union (Longview, WA) has announced the unexpected death of former President and CEO Bob Kane at the age of 69. Bob passed away at Southwest Washington Medical Center December 4, after complications from a stroke suffered on November 27.

Throughout his career, Bob held several positions with the credit union, most recently serving as the credit union’s as President and CEO from 1991 to 2009, when he retired after 37 years of service.

Under Bob’s leadership, the credit union expanded their headquarters building to a 46,000-square-foot building, adopted a statewide field of membership to better serve the general community, expanded from one branch to six branches in two states,and facilitated the name change from Weyerhaeuser Employees’ Credit Union to Red Canoe—a bold move that received national recognition and facilitated rapid growth and expansion for the credit union.

As a leader, Bob was greatly appreciated by his staff, the membership, and his credit union colleagues. His door was always open and he truly emulated one of his favorite sayings, “What a great place to work.” Bob’s infectious laugh would ring through the hallways, bringing joy and happiness to the workplace. In many ways, this was the cornerstone of Red Canoe’s brand; an organization dedicated to the members they serve, and to having fun in the workplace. 

Bob’s legacy lives on at Red Canoe through the many employees he hired and trained over the years, who embody his passion for the philosophy of credit unions and for the members they serve.

“All of us here at Red Canoe are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our beloved former CEO and friend, Bob Kane. Bob was a gentle and kind leader who loved his job, loved his employees and loved our members. We’re all so grateful to have had Bob in our lives and we will deeply, deeply miss his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family right now,” stated David Spaulding, current President and CEO.

“NWCUA joins the Red Canoe Credit Union family in celebrating the memories of Bob and sends our deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends,” added NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang. “He will be missed and his legacy will surely live on.”          

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