Jose B Fernandez Jr

June 25, 1994November 9, 2018
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Jose B. Fernandez Jr., 24 of Manahawkin, NJ passed away on Friday, November 9, 2018. Jose is survived by his beloved parents, Mary Jo (Ciccone) and Jose B. Fernandez Sr, his loving siblings, Nicholas Fernandez and Joell Fernandez Vorphal, his brother-in-law Jon, his cherished nephew, CJ and his loving Abuelo, Andres Fernandez Sr. He is also survived his aunts, Rosa Fernandez and Gloria (Ciccone) Borges, and Kelly Fernandez, his uncles, Manuel Fernandez, Andres Fernandez Jr., Robert Vallario Jr., and Eugene Turiansky, as well as his cousins, Stephanie Nicole Borges, Andrew Fernandez, Alexis Fernandez, Allison Fernandez, Kelsie Fernandez, Andres Fernandez III and Jackson Vallario and his grandfather, Raymond Ciccone.

Jose was predeceased by his grandmother, Evelyn Vallario and his Abuela, Blandina Fernandez Iglesias and his best buddy and constant companion, his dog, Boo. Jose was a 4th year Pharm D student at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. He was a 2012 graduate of Southern Ocean Regional High School. He also attended and graduated from Ocean County College in Toms River, NJ and Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park, NJ. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles with his closest friends, he also like to fish and going to the gym.

Joey was a very engaged student with a tremendous spirit of volunteerism and infectious optimism about his future as a pharmacy leader. He touched many lives on our Center City campus – both as a student and as an employee within TJUH. Joey saw every interaction as an opportunity to connect with his peers and mentors and as a way to contribute to the mission of JCP and our University. He will be deeply missed by the entire Jefferson community.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him, especially his family.

A Funeral Home Service will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Thos L. Shinn Funeral Home, 10 Hilliard Dr., Manahawkin, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jose’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at

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  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Funeral Home Service Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jose B Fernandez Jr

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Patrick & Doreen Cianci

November 16, 2018

Dear Maryjo, Joe and family,

We were saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved son, Joey and will keep you and your family in our prayers. We remember how much Joey was the apple of your mother, Evelyn's eye. May the good Lord help to heal you and cradle you in his loving arms and bring peace to you and your family.

Our Deepest Sympathy,
Patrick, Doreen, Daniel
and Christian Cianci

Susan Hastain

November 16, 2018

Hello, we have never met & I never personally met Jose....but my son Nicholas was a classmate of his at Jefferson. They actually were going to room together next month for a Pharmacy conference. My heart goes out to your family .... please accept my deepest & heartfelt sympathy for your most precious loss...

Maggie Verderese

November 15, 2018

Dear Mary Jo,

I'm so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. You're in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry.

Richard Vallario

November 13, 2018

Mary Jo:
This tragedy hits very close to home for Cynthia and I, as you know. Although we cannot attend we share your sorrow and extend our condolences to you and the family.

Liz mustica

November 13, 2018

Dear MaryJo & Joe,

My heart is breaking for your loss! No words can express how sorry I am. Little Joey will be missed everyday! My Augie will watch over him! I will always be there for the both of you!

Liz Mustica ( Wiz to Little Joey)

Nanette Kelly

November 13, 2018

As a young man I remember when Matt and Joey used to hang out. As they got older they did drift their separate ways. I have very fond memories of the boys at sleepovers at your home and thsoe memories will forever warm our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. Our hearts break for such a wonderful family. May Joey rest in peace.
The Kelly Family

Judy Ogonowski

November 13, 2018

Maryjo and Joe, I was devastated hear the news. I am so very sorry for your loss. Please rest assured that Joey is now a shining light in Heaven 🙏🏻

Vincent & Maria Caltagirone

November 12, 2018

There are NO words that we could say to take away your pain, but always know we will be here for you whenever needed. Joe was a very special young man. Smart, caring and always respectful. Unique is how I like to think of him. He was a best friend... family... to our son and always together like two peas in a pod. Same drive and ambition, focused and goal oriented. He will be loved and missed every day. May he RIP ♥️💔♥️