Joe passed away peacefully March 29, 2017 at home with his family by his side. He was born in the Chemainus hospital Dec. 17, 1931 to Henry and Catherine Kernachan. Survived by his wife Hazel, sons Ken (Tami) , Mike (Kim), Wayne and daughter Kym (Sean) Whitefield, ten treasured grandchildren who he was so proud of: Tanya, Allan, Shawn, Amy, Nicole, Dustin, Hailey, Keegan, Teah and Shane, as well as four special great grandchildren: Jaden, Kenadie, Jaxson, and Jase.
Predeceased by brothers Dugie, Dave, Jack, Sandy, Billy and Gerry, sisters Kate, Etta, and Lily and granddaughter Kristin.
Joe will be remembered as a kind and thoughtful man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
A memorial tea will be held Saturday April 22, 2017 at the Chemainus Seniors Centre located at 9824 Willow St. from 1-3pm.