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Celebrating the life of
Joseph Patrick Counihan, Jr.
Passed away on July 20, 2019
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 5-7 PM - Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Rosary Service
  • 6:00pm - Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
  • 4605 Hwy 80 East (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 912-898-0900
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 9:00am - Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
  • 7020 Concord Road (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31410

  • 897-5156

I’m so sorry to hear this news. May the God of all comfort strengthen Joe’s loved ones during this time. The comfort he gives us enables us to comfort others. This is so important when we are grieving. Your family will be in my prayers.

Mary , Savannah , GA

My heart is very sad with the passing of Joe. He was such a lovely man, a good friend to my beloved Dan and me. May you, all of his family, accept my deepest sympathy and condolences. God bless you with love and peace.

Carolyn Sheehan, Tybee Island, GA

Dear Catherine, I am so very sad with you in the death of your dear father. You are in may prayers at this time and keep beautiful memories in you heart always. With love, Linda Cleary

Linda Cleary, Tybee Island, GA

My wife and I send our condolences and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Joe was a friend of mine and we served together years ago on the Hibernian Society Board of Stewards . I will miss him. Wish I could be at the funeral but my wife is not feeling well so thought it best to be here for her. I hope you understand and God Bless all of Joe’s family.

Frederic G. (Rick) Doyle III , Richmond Hill, Ga.

Dear Sheila and Debbie, I am very sorry to hear about Joe's death. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Since I am in NC at retreat please be assured of my deepest sympathy. May God be with you and Joe rest in God's peace. Love and blessings, Susan

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May Joe Rest In Eternal Peace. God Bless

Roy Banks (BC'64), Flowery Branch, Ga

To Sheila and Debbie, my heart aches at Jody's passing, my soul rejoices. Love, Tom Fahey

Tom Fahey, Cleveland, TN

I've always knew Joe! What a kind and gentle person. He truly represented Savannah and southern hospitality well. God Bless his Soul and his family thru this difficult time.

Michael and Laura Kenny, Savannah, Ga

Catherine, sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a very kind, good person. Always very cordial and friendly. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May he Rest In Peace. Angie and Greg Scott

Scott family, Savannah, Ga

Jody was a true southern gentleman!! Even after going long lengths of time, to see Jody was as if you'd seen him yesterday!! We will miss his sweet, smiling face. Jay and Jody will be doing any electrical work God needs, because they were both always willing to help a friend and neighbor ?

Erin McAlpin Brennan, Peggy McAlpin and boys, Savannah, Ga

Jody has been a part of my life from Miss Kenny's kindergarten at Blessed Sacrament, through BC/SVA, and onward to Tybee Island. Jody was a sweet kindhearted gentleman and will be missed by so many people. Jackie and Charlie Brown

Jackie and Charlie Brown, Tybee Island - Metter,

Joseph Patrick Counihan, Jr, 72, (Jody to his sisters) died after minor surgery on July 20. He is preceded in death by his beloved parents, Anne and Joe Counihan and his sister, Anne. As a child, Joe thought Tybee was heaven on earth and loved going to SHANDEJO, our family home but THEN he discovered Ireland!   He visited the Emerald Isle many times and on his last trip, insisted that we gather some Irish dirt for family funerals.

Joe always offered to let any ladies who were afraid to kiss the Blarney Stone the opportunity to kiss him instead as he had kissed it on his first trip. Even without kissing that stone he definitely had the gift of blarney and with it, he was a hoot! We are quite sure that after looking around, he informed St. Peter that Heaven is as nice as Ireland!

Joe was a product of Catholic schools, Blessed Sacrament and Benedictine (Class of 1964) and attended Armstrong. He was a communicant of St. Peter the Apostle Church and volunteered as an usher for many years. Joe was a retired electrician, IBEW Local 508 and a consummate volunteer. He received the Volunteer of the Year award from Savannah Public Library, served as a volunteer fireman at Tybee and was very active in the Hibernian Society, Sein Fein, Irish Heritage, Parade Committee and any Irish organization that needed help. If there is such a thing as a green blooded Irishman, it was our brother!

Joe had many interests. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus 631 and loved playing games at the bar, He was a member of the “Where’s George” internet group and probably knew every bank teller in Savannah as he was constantly exchanging money looking for “Georges”! He also was in the Genealogy Society and his major goal was to find the Counihan link between Savannah and Ireland. We are positive that Denis Counihan of Killarney is a relative and Joe even talked him into doing a DNA test which had them 96.3% related!

Joe’s major interest was in cemeteries. He was a member of a national cemetery organization and attended annual meetings in various cemetery sites. When he went to Ireland, he’d miss lunch to visit a local cemetery and see if he could find any Counihan graves! He was very active in founding the Savannah Catholic Cemetery Preservation Society and served in various capacities including President and hosting a national cemetery meeting in Savannah. Bishop Boland nicknamed him “The Cemetarian”, and he was right!

Joe will be remembered with love by his daughter Catherine Counihan of California, his sisters, Deborah Carroll (Billy), Sheila Winders (Ron), nieces, Shelley Lowther (Josh) and Anne Myers (Cayce) nephews, Ron Winders Jr (Carol), Kevin Winders (Linda), Joe Carroll (Frances) as well as many great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff of Summer Breeze for the kindness, care, and friendship they extended to Joe. It truly was a home.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2019 with a Rosary Service at 6:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe’s brothers in law and nephews and members of the Hibernian Society.

Remembrances may be made to favorite charity or The Catholic Cemetery Preservation Society.

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I’m so sorry to hear this news. May the God of all comfort strengthen Joe’s loved ones during this time. The comfort he gives us enables us to comfort others. This is so important when we are grieving. Your family will be in my prayers.

Mary , Savannah , GA

My heart is very sad with the passing of Joe. He was such a lovely man, a good friend to my beloved Dan and me. May you, all of his family, accept my deepest sympathy and condolences. God bless you with love and peace.

Carolyn Sheehan, Tybee Island, GA

Dear Catherine, I am so very sad with you in the death of your dear father. You are in may prayers at this time and keep beautiful memories in you heart always. With love, Linda Cleary

Linda Cleary, Tybee Island, GA

My wife and I send our condolences and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Joe was a friend of mine and we served together years ago on the Hibernian Society Board of Stewards . I will miss him. Wish I could be at the funeral but my wife is not feeling well so thought it best to be here for her. I hope you understand and God Bless all of Joe’s family.

Frederic G. (Rick) Doyle III , Richmond Hill, Ga.

Dear Sheila and Debbie, I am very sorry to hear about Joe's death. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Since I am in NC at retreat please be assured of my deepest sympathy. May God be with you and Joe rest in God's peace. Love and blessings, Susan

, ,

May Joe Rest In Eternal Peace. God Bless

Roy Banks (BC'64), Flowery Branch, Ga

To Sheila and Debbie, my heart aches at Jody's passing, my soul rejoices. Love, Tom Fahey

Tom Fahey, Cleveland, TN

Candle tribute lit by Shirley West — Georgia

I've always knew Joe! What a kind and gentle person. He truly represented Savannah and southern hospitality well. God Bless his Soul and his family thru this difficult time.

Michael and Laura Kenny, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Barbara and Sandra Piper — South Carolina

Catherine, sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a very kind, good person. Always very cordial and friendly. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May he Rest In Peace. Angie and Greg Scott

Scott family, Savannah, Ga

Jody was a true southern gentleman!! Even after going long lengths of time, to see Jody was as if you'd seen him yesterday!! We will miss his sweet, smiling face. Jay and Jody will be doing any electrical work God needs, because they were both always willing to help a friend and neighbor ?

Erin McAlpin Brennan, Peggy McAlpin and boys, Savannah, Ga

Jody has been a part of my life from Miss Kenny's kindergarten at Blessed Sacrament, through BC/SVA, and onward to Tybee Island. Jody was a sweet kindhearted gentleman and will be missed by so many people. Jackie and Charlie Brown

Jackie and Charlie Brown, Tybee Island - Metter,


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