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Joseph William Kuni

KUNI, Joseph William - It is with sadness that the family of Joseph William Kuni announces his peaceful passing on Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, with his wife at his side. Survived by his wife, Mary Louise (Murphy) Kuni and their children, David (Annie) Kuni, and Joëlle Kuni (Greg Long). Proud Grandpa to Matthew and Chloë Kuni, and Caleb Long. Also surviving are his brothers, Wendell Kuni (Brenda), and Anthony Kuni (Alma), and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Maria (Baumann) Kuni, and his brothers, Alex, Frank, and Steve Kuni. Joe was born on Easter Sunday, April 21, 1946, in Kleinsteinbach, Germany. Joe and his family immigrated to Canada in August 1952, and moved to Raleigh Township. Joe and Tony attended St. Patrick’s School in Merlin, where they both quickly learned the English language and about life in Canada. A good education was important to Joe and he excelled at his schooling while continuing his work chores at home. After moving to Chatham, Joe attended John McGregor Secondary School, then Chatham Collegiate Institute. After graduating, he attended Windsor Teachers College, and was hired by the then Chatham Catholic Separate School Board. He taught at two schools in Chatham-Kent, before becoming a Principal at several schools including St. Ambrose, Christ the King (Wallaceburg), John Uyen, St. Vincent, St. Mary’s (Blenheim), and St. Agnes. While continuing his career in education, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts, University of Windsor and his Master of Education, University of Toronto. He also worked as Assistant to the Director for four years in this time, before retiring in 1998. His love of education and the English language continued over his career, always encouraging children to learn. Although he would reprimand a student for misbehaving, the children always knew that the following day their slate would be clean. Family, friends, and hopefully, many of his students will remember his smile and joy for life. At Joe’s wishes, cremation has taken place, with a private family burial service at a later date. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 9, 2019, 2-4 p.m., at Aristo’s, 307 Grand Avenue West, Chatham. In his memory, donations may be made to the Chatham-Kent Hospice, Heart and Stroke Foundation, RTO-ERO Foundation, or charity of choice. Online condolences are welcome at www.lifetransitions.ca13324565
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So thankful for Principal Kuni
Posted by Allan Skov (Student) On Friday, March 29, 2019
Mr. Kuni was my principal at my first school, St. Ambrose. He was an intimidating man, but I soon learned he was a softy at heart. Mr. Kuni taught me so much including respect, accountability and the gift of honest communication. I am so sorry for the terrible loss all his family and friends are feeling. I join you in celebrating him.
Great man
Posted by Tim Bourdeau (Student) On Saturday, February 9, 2019
At times like this I think it’s important for the family to know how great a man Joe was . He started as a principal at John Uyen in 1978 and became our basketball coach. This was a tall order and Joe did a great job and I always looked up to him.

He became a role model to me and I think he would be proud of me now.


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Our Sympathy
Posted by John & Claudia Kearns (Friend) On Thursday, February 7, 2019
Tony & Alma: So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Joe. Recall him attending St Pat's PS Merlin, in the higher grades along with sisters Gayle & Carole. He was a very nice person.

John & Claudia Kearns

Sorry for your loss
Posted by Graham Mills (School friends) On Thursday, February 7, 2019
I am sorry to learn of Joe’s death, and wish his family well in such a heartbreaking time. I knew Joe & Tony in school back in the day, and were both nice fellows.. I know he will be looking over all his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace.

Graham Mills

My Condolences
Posted by Joanne (Bachewsky) Sullivan (friend) On Wednesday, February 6, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. My family grew up down the street from Frank and Maria they were lovely people. Joe was an awesome principal at St. Ambrose and I was thrilled when he was the principal for my son at St. Mary's. He was a great help to us often and enriched our lives.

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