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“It's a shame I never met him. He's the spitting image of my Grandad, Dennis Eoin (a.k.a. Joe). My sincere regrets. Damian ”
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“In one sense there is no death, The life of a soul on earth last beyond his departure.You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice...Read More »
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JOSEPH C. KEARNS, of Westlake, died on March 8, 2012. Joe was born in Dublin, Ireland on June 19, 1924 to Mary Phelan and Denis Kearns. He was raised with eight brothers and sisters in Durrow, Co. Laois. In his teens he moved to England where he joined the Royal Air Force, and saw action in World War II, including the D-Day Normandy invasion. On April 27, 1946, he married Mary Fadian, from Co. Mayo, Ireland. Joe trained as a chiropodist and practiced some years in Nelson, Lancashire, before immigrating to the US in 1957, settling in Cleveland. He made a career in appliance sales, earning a loyal following, first at Sterling Lindner, then for many years, at Higbee's downtown. A devoutly religious man, Joe was a longtime member of Our Lady of Angels Parish where he professed his membership in the Third Order of St. Francis and committed to a life of Christian service. Upon retirement, Joe volunteered at St. John's Hospital and Meals on Wheels, and spent countless hours driving elders to their appointments and errands. He is survived by his wife Mary, brother Gregory of England, sisters Vera O'Mara of Ireland, and Eileen Madden; daughters, Maureen Garabis and Jean Miller; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Friends may call in the McGORRAY-HANNA FUNERAL HOME OF WESTLAKE, 25620 Center Ridge Rd., (West of Columbia), SUNDAY from 2-6 pm. Funeral Mass, St. Bernadette Church (2256 Clague Rd., Westlake) Monday, March 12th at 12:00 noon. Burial Holy Cross Cemetery. Family suggests contributions to the Poor Clare Nuns, 3501 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, Ohio 44111-2998.