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William Kirby, Jr.

1926 - 2014 WILLIAMSTOWN William Moses Kirby, Jr., 87, of 1108 North Hoosac Road, died on Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014 at the BMC Emergency Satellite Facility in North Adams. Born in North Adams on Sept. 3, 1926, he was the son of William and Gertrude (Roy) Kirby. He was a graduate of Drury High School in 1945 and attended Northeastern University. He became a registered architect in 1958 and opened his own office in Williamstown shortly thereafter. He designed many projects in Berkshire County and Southern Vermont, including the Northern Berkshire YMCA, the North Adams Hospital Doctor's Building, numerous banks, commercial and residential properties. He won several awards for his designs, most notably the Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Vt.. Mr. Kirby was a past president of the North Adams Ski Club, the Northern Berkshire Jaycees, the MA Society of Architects and was a member of the American Institute of Architects. He also served as president of the International Flying Architects Association and the Williamstown Board of Trade. A former member of the Williamstown Planning Board, he served as chairman of the Sign Commission for five years and was a Chairman of the Republican Town Committee. A former sergeant in the MA State Guard, he retired as Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. A private pilot with the single and multi-engine ratings, he owned his own plane. He was also a member of Williams Lodge of Masons, was past-master of Greylock Lodge and member of Melha Temple of the Shriners. An avid golfer, he belonged to Taconic Golf Club for almost 50 years. A member of the White Oaks Congregational Church, he served as moderator, trustee and member of the choir. He was also a member of the Berkshire County Sheriff's Association. At the age of four he unveiled the Civil War Monument on Main Street in Williamstown as mascot for the American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; a daughter, Susan L. Kirby of North Adams; two sons, William M. Kirby III of North Adams and David C. Kirby of Lincoln, Neb.; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren; a brother, John J. Kirby of Pittsfield and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an adopted sister Ruth Luscier FUNERAL NOTICE: A private memorial service for William Moses Kirby, Jr. will take place at a later date. There are no calling hours. Burial will follow in the Eastlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Springfield, MA through the FLYNN AND DAGNOLI FUNERAL HOME, Central Chapel, 74 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA. To send a card or a message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 28, 2014
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