Joe R. Fernandez Long time resident of San Rafael and San Francisco native, Joe Fernandez, died peacefully in his home Saturday, April 6, 2013. He is survived by his daughters Joyce Fernandez and Jan Hadfield, and their husbands, Dadi Ratnagar and Ernie Hadfield, as well as three beloved grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Soon after graduating from high school, Joe joined the U.S. Navy
, serving aboard the USS Cogswell where he participated in various Pacific campaigns. He was admired as a hero by his grandchildren and many friends and family members for his toughness and bravery during various combat victories. He and Rina, his wife of 65 years, were familiar faces in Marin, actively involved in several organizations including Club Italia, Sons In Retirement (SIRS), and the YMCA. When Rina passed away in 2011, Joe attended the Marin Adult Day Health Center in Novato where he thrived in the company of other seniors, making new friends and connections and re-discovering his own special talent in music and art. He will be greatly missed by all. A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Saturday, May 4, at 11:00 AM at St. Isabella's Catholic Church in San Rafael. Memorial donations may be made to Marin Adult Day Health Center, 1905 Novato Blvd., Novato, CA 94947.