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Joseph P. Kish Jr.

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Massena- Joseph P. Kish Jr., 66, of Pontoon Bridge Rd. passed away Thursday afternoon (January 23, 2014) in the comfort of his home surrounded by loved ones. He fought a courageous 5 year battle with cancer but never lost his smile or sense of humor. Friends are invited to call Tuesday (January 28, 2014) from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Phillips Memorial Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday (January 29, 2014) 10:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Church, Massena, with Father Donald J. Manfred officiating. JoJo was born in Massena, NY on January 24, 1947 to the late Blanche E. (Sullivan) and Joseph Kish Sr. He proudly served his county during the Vietnam War while stationed in Da Nang, Vietnam as a Seabee and was awarded a medal for Distinguished Service. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Massena and was employed by ALCOA as a general mechanic. JoJo was a lifelong member of St Mary’s Parish and a member of AMVETS Post #4. He enjoyed his time spent as a member of the Massena Volunteer Firefighters, especially his involvement with the Drill Team. Known for his love of nature and animals, JoJo was often found outside his beloved log cabin, tending to his flowers or watching the birds and deer. He never turned down a chance to share a smile or a beer with his friends and embraced the craziness that life put forth for him like it was a personal challenge. His sense of humor was legendary and he loved every single moment of his life on this earth, always putting everyone else’s needs above his own. His family and friends are quite certain he’s continuing to raise a little hell in heaven, while coming out of chute #10, riding the golden palomino with the bloodshot eyes. JoJo is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Josie and Aaron Hardy of Massena, his son Jeremy Kish of Massena, his sister Elizabeth Kish of Omaha, NE, three grandsons, Joseph Kish IV, Colden and Austin Hardy, several cousins. He was predeceased by his son Joseph P. Kish III. Memorial contributions in JoJo’s name may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley or to any charity that you hold dear to your heart. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena. Online condolences may be shared at www.phillipsmemorial.com.

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