Joseph F. Kania Jr.
November 3, 1952 - April 29, 2020
Due to these uncertain times services for Joseph will be private.
Joseph Francis Kania, Jr., 67, of Alfred Maine, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at home. He was born on November 3, 1952, to the late Joseph Francis Kania Sr. and Rita Barbara (Cyr) Kania, in Danielson, CT where he lived from childhood to young adult life. Joe was the second of five children.
He graduated from Killingly High School in 1970 and enlisted in the Air Force the same year. The Air Force trained Joe in Safety and Fire Protection. It was specialized training that required cohesive teamwork. He would use both throughout his work life.
After his discharge in 1977, he was employed by the U.S. Department of Labor where he used his fire-fighting experience at Westover Airforce Base in Chicopee, MA, and later the Groton Submarine Base in CT.
In 1985 Joe transitioned his professional career in safety and protection to the private sector working as a Loss Control Engineer for the Hanover and CNA Insurance Companies and earning the industry designation of Certified Loss Control Specialist (CLCS). This career change leveraged his government training and work experience.
In 2002, after more than 12 years in the insurance industry, Joe returned to government service. His duties took him to throughout the eastern seaboard and to international postings in Germany and Iraq.
On March 23, 2011, Joe married his second wife Dianne Harrington of Holden, MA. Dianne brought joy and balance to his life. Together they retired to Maine for a quieter lifestyle and to embrace the state slogan, “The Way Life Should Be”. Joe continued his government service until his retirement in 2012.
Upon retirement, Joe turned to a new and different interest, farming. He and Dianne bought an apple orchard, built their second home in Alfred, ME, and began to learn the art and science of growing apples, blueberries, and pumpkins.
Joe had a lifelong interest in aviation. In 1999, he enrolled in private pilot training and obtained his license. He later bought his own single-engine Cessna which he had hangered in Sanford, Maine. For twenty years, this hobby allowed him not only to experience his love of flying but also to enjoy the camaraderie of other aviators who also hangered their planes in the local airport.
Joe had a great love for his grandchildren. The grandchildren loved visiting Papa and Grammy in Maine and had fun learning about farming as they joined in the activities of daily life.
Joe also wrote two children’s books, The Magic of Flying with Grandpa and Farming with Grandpa that combined his love of his grandchildren with his favorite pastimes.
Joe enjoyed international travel, where he and his wife experienced the culture and history of Germany, England, and Poland, the country of his heritage.
Joe is survived by his loving wife Dianne; first wife Eileen; daughter Renee Kania, son Aaron Kania and step-son T.J. Harrington (Lisa); brothers and sisters, Gloria Kania Fabian, Maryann Lalumiere (Richard), Pamela Dion (David) and James Kania; grandchildren, Lily, Swede, Colin and Jack; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.
Private interment will be in the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale, ME on Thursday, May 7th with a limited number of family members.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
With a heart of love, hands to give, and a spirited sense of humor, Joseph Francis Kania, Jr., followed his passions, had a full life, and lived it well. Tower, this is November 5722 Romeo, signing off.
In lieu of flowers, his wife and family request that donations be made in Joe’s memory to The American Heart Association
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.