Joseph Francis Kiernan Jr.


Joseph Francis Kiernan Jr.

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Joseph Francis Kiernan Jr.

Joseph Francis Kiernan Jr., 72, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away July 22, 2020, at Community Hospice & Palliative Care’s Warner Center for Caring in Fernandina Beach, Fla. The cause of death was acute myeloid leukemia.

Joseph was born in Salem, Mass. on September 19, 1947 to the late Joseph Francis Kiernan Sr. and Evelyn (Caron) Kiernan. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen, with whom he shared 40 years of marriage and 46 years of friendship; siblings, Linda Butler of Peabody, Mass., and Janice Atherton of Kittery, Maine; nieces, Katie Barber, Melissa Carloni, Jamie Derkosrofian, Keegan Hoey, and Michelle Hoey; and nephews, Jason Butler and Michael Hoey, as well as many grandnieces and grandnephews spread from coast to coast.

A proud veteran of the United States Navy, Joseph was very active with the American Legion, Post 316, where he served a term as sergeant at arms, and the Loyal Order of Moose in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. He was an avid supporter of disabled veterans and literacy programs for the elderly. In his early career, he worked in law enforcement in Massachusetts and in California and later started a very successful home remodeling business that allowed him to relocate multiple times when needed for family career changes. He loved life, his family, making people laugh, the beach, and making a difference in the world.

A private and loving celebration of a life well lived will be held at the beach at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Hospice and Palliative Care at