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Joseph Robert Kerins

October 20, 1932 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Joseph Kerins Obituary

Joe Kerins, 91, passed peacefully at his home in Center Conway on November 24, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Patty, four children, 6 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Born October 20, 1932 in Philadelphia, Joe was the eldest and last survivor of five brothers who remained close throughout their lives. He was devoted to his parents, Ethel (née Connolly) and James Kerins. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war and played semi-professional baseball before becoming a police officer for 25 years in Haddon Township, NJ. He was the local Sergeant everyone knew and was responsible for training many who came after him. He was known for his patience, hard work and quick wit. Summer vacations were spent camping in National Parks all over the U.S. with Peg, his wife of 41 years, and their four children, Joseph (Elaine), Michael (Tammy), Jeanne (Evan) and Patrick (René). Joe and Peg fell in love with the Mount Washington Valley when they first visited in 1960 and each summer adventure included time in New Hampshire. In the 70s, Joe coached baseball for his kids and others while Peg kept score. They bought a family vehicle that could fit almost an entire Pop Warner football team or full (loud) cheerleading squad, somehow doing all of this while working shift work as a police officer. He spent many hot days on a baseball diamond, still in his black uniform, helping his kids do what they loved. One of his Babe Ruth players became a police officer, crediting his experience with Joe as the reason. Joe would often begin a story and start to laugh before he could finish. It was so infectious; we’d find ourselves laughing along before he’d even gotten to the funny part of the story. He loved providing a solid foundation and adventurous life for his family, joyful Christmas’s, and watching Notre Dame football, the Eagles and Phillies as well as later adding the Patriots and Red Sox. He would wake the family early on St. Patrick’s Day playing the family’s favorite Irish songs at full volume. Upon Joe’s retirement in 1980, Joe and Peg were thrilled to move to their chalet in Glen. They spent many evenings watching sunsets over the mountains from their beloved deck. Joe worked part time as a Bail Commissioner as well as a Bailiff in the Conway District Court. He joined the Eagle Mountain Golf Club where he enjoyed golfing with many wonderful friends. He was a member of the Mountain Washington Valley Old Car Club, having always been a lover of cars and all the folks who like to talk about them. You would have seen Joe many years in his '72 powder blue Cougar convertible in the Bartlett 4th of July parade. “Uncle Joe and Aunt Peg” were loved by their many nieces and nephews. They began to gain grandchildren (and became known as Mom Mom and Pop Pop) starting in the late 1990’s, in order of appearance, Julia, Elizabeth, Molly, Amanda, Garrett and Allie, and later great grandchild, Cole. All loved him dearly and will miss everything about him, but especially his wry sense of humor. Peg passed in 2002, which Joe described as akin to losing his right arm. Some years later, Joe met Patty, who brought laughter back into his life – they married in 2010. Joe sold his chalet in Glen in favor of a home more suited to their needs. He and Patty chose the design of their beautiful home where they lived together for almost a decade. They enjoyed various retirement activities including waving at the neighbors as they shared coffee on the front porch and visits with both his and Patty’s families. Joe loved Patty’s cooking and was very fond of Patty’s children and grandchildren. Weekly lunches with his ROMEO group were a highlight. He was an altar boy as a child and a devout Catholic his entire life. Joe was a member of: St. Monica’s in Philadelphia; Holy Saviour in Westmont, NJ; St. Joseph in Bartlett; and finally, Our Lady of the Mountains Parish in North Conway. We’d like to share special thanks for the exceptional help from Ray Rabideau, the folks at VNS and the VA as well as Joe’s wonderful neighbors (especially Chris & Michelle Mattei and Gene Brown) who are always willing to lend a hand. Patty lovingly cared for Joe until the end to fulfill his wish to be at home. Viewing: Friday, Dec 1, 5:00-7:00pm Furber & White Funeral Home 2925 White Mountain Highway Funeral: Saturday, December 2, 11:00am Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church 2905 White Mountain Highway In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Veteran’s Affairs or Visiting Nurse Services in honor of Joe.

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Services

Visitation
Friday
December 1, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Furber & White Funeral Home
2925 White Mountain Highway, PO Box 1653
North Conway, NH 03860

Funeral Mass
Saturday
December 2, 2023

11:00 AM
Our Lady Of The Mountains
2905 White Mountain Hwy
North Conway, NH 03860

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