Harry Joseph Michael Kirby, 79, of the Plot Section of Scranton, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Geisinger Community Medical Center following a brief illness. His beloved wife of 53 years is the former Ann Marie McGowan.
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He was born in Scranton, son of the late Ambrose Kirby and Irene T. Mackin Kirby. He was a 1952 graduate of West Scranton High School and attended Lackawanna College. He was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Corporal, serving with the 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Korea. He served for 28 years as a member of the Scranton Fire Department, where he was elected as vice president of the Fire Fighters Union Local 60, as well as secretary of the Fire Fighters Pension Board. One of Harry's proudest moments was recovering the crown from the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the fire at the IHM Mother House in February 1971. Following retirement, he was a Scranton School District Crossing Guard.
He was a member of the American Legion, Scranton Knights of Columbus — Fourth Degree, Council 280; Ancient Order of Hibernians and Holy Rosary Church at Mary Mother of God Parish. He was also a member of the board of directors at Stirna's.
He is survived by his daughter, Lori Reed and husband, Bob; his son, John and wife, Kristin Mazzarella; and daughter, Mary Howells and husband, Jeff, all of Scranton; two granddaughters, Amy Marie Yablonski and Kirby Ann Howells; six grandsons, Ian Howells and wife, Kristen; Brendan Howells, Robert and Casey Reed; Mitchell and Keelin Kirby; and three nephews.
His family, dear friends and Irish heritage meant everything to him and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
The family wishes to thank all of his special caregivers over the course of the past few weeks.
The funeral will be Wednesday morning from the Edward Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., with Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Mary Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church. Interment at the Cathedral Cemetery. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Tuesday, April 23, 4 to 8 p.m.
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 22, 2013