'Joe' Kiernan is being remembered as a 'true gentleman'

Vale: Arthur (Joe) Kiernan.

Vale: Arthur (Joe) Kiernan.

Arthur (Joe) Kiernan - one of the "founding fathers" of Canley Heights RSL - is being remembered as a "true gentleman" after he died on November 14 at the age of 94.

Known as Joe, the name given to him by shipmates of the Royal Australian Navy where he served between 1948 and 1960, he was a foundation and life member of the Canley Heights RSL and held badge No.1.

 Arthur (Joe) Kiernan pictured on Anzac Day 2019.

Arthur (Joe) Kiernan pictured on Anzac Day 2019.

Joe was one of the 27 members that in early February 1962 formed the Canley Heights RSL Sub-Branch at the Progress Association Hall in Peel Street, Canley Heights. Seven months later they had reached 85 members and purchased land to build their own clubhouse.

Over the years he held several positions at the club including president, senior and junior vice-president, director, sub-branch president and honourary secretary.

Joe lived in Canley Heights and was married to Zena for more than 60 years.

Joe laying a brick when the original club was being built.

Joe laying a brick when the original club was being built.

The common theme of the many condolence messages received has been how much of a gentleman Joe was. He was well-respected by former and current staff as well as club members who have expressed their condolences and the impact he had on them.

Canley Heights RSL president Ennio Facchetti said Joe was a "true Australian gentleman."

"He was a founding father of Canley Heights RSL Sporting Club and without his wisdom and foresight we wouldn't be where we are today," he said.

Club chief executive Mark Gavinel said Joe was one of the most "well respected gentlemen" he has ever met.

"November 14, 2020, marks a very sad day for Canley Heights RSL and Sporting Club; a sad day for all the Canley family and friends that have been alongside Joe and his contribution in creating and building this wonderful club," he said.

Marketing and promotions manager Michelle Baxter added: "He was a true gentleman and will be sorely missed by everyone at the club. Joe got along with everyone from young to old and was just a really lovely man who will be so sorely missed."

Joe is survived by wife Zena, children Stephen and Shauna-Lee, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great, great-grand child.