Joseph ‘Joe’ George Kanas of New Braunfels, Texas, and Formerly of East Moriches, Dies February 18 - 27 East

Joseph ‘Joe’ George Kanas of New Braunfels, Texas, and Formerly of East Moriches, Dies February 18

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Joseph ‘Joe’ George Kanas

Joseph ‘Joe’ George Kanas

authorStaff Writer on Feb 23, 2024

Joseph “Joe” George Kanas of New Braunfels, Texas, and formerly of East Moriches, died on February 18. He was 70.

He was born on February 17, 1954, in Port Jefferson, to John and Mary Kanas. He grew up in East Moriches, where he attended Eastport High School. After graduating, he attended Southampton College, where he played basketball.

He ended up leaving college to play professional baseball for the Marion Mets Baseball Club, which was an affiliate of the New York Mets. He played minor league baseball for several years with his final year being down south in Texas with the Seguin Toros. After playing one season with the Toros, he finished his professional baseball career playing seven more years with the Seguin Steelers, a semi-professional baseball club, where he made lifelong friends.

In the summer of 1985, he met the love of his life, Sharon, at the Varsity Inn Diner in Seguin, Texas. They married on August 9, 1986. He spent most of his career in the car business, and was blessed to finish with Bluebonnet Motors after nearly 20 years.

He was always his family’s first call, as well as many others, when needing advice on life’s challenges, according to his family. He always responded with optimism, kindness, and generosity. His great passions in life were coaching and attending his kids’ sporting events, playing golf with his buddies, boating on the lake with the family, going on beach and winter vacations, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

He was known for his great cooking and enjoyed preparing the most delicious turkey and gravy for every Thanksgiving gathering with family and friends. He will forever be remembered for his strong work ethic, loyalty, positive attitude, and most of all, love for his family and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, John and Mary Kanas. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Forester Kanas; son, Justin Joseph Kanas (wife Amy Kanas) of Bulverde, Texas; son, Derek Kyle Joseph Kanas (wife Taylor Kanas) of Tomball, Texas; daughter, Brooke Nicole Kanas of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren, Avery, Brooks, Jackson and Peyton; his sister, Joanie Stoddard of Liberty, New York; his brother, Jeffrey Kanas (wife Jean Kanas) of East Moriches; and many nephews and nieces.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on February 27, at Oakwood Church in New Braunfels, Texas. In true Joe Kanas fashion and to honor his memory, guest are encouraged to wear their favorite tie.

Flowers are welcome, or memorials may be made to New Braunfels Canyon Athletic Booster Club ( Prayers for the family are also greatly appreciated.

The family would like to thank Bluebonnet Motors, Oakwood Church, and so many in the New Braunfels community for their most gracious love and support.

Please sign the guestbook at

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