David J. Kirk, M.D.
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David J. Kirk, M.D., 50, of N. James St., Rome, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at his home. He was born on October 26, 1961, in Utica, the son of Donald L. and Joan B. Taraska Kirk. David graduated with high honors from Rome Catholic High School. He went on to receive his Bachelors Degree from Fordham University and his Medical Degree from Upstate Medical University. Dr. Kirk was a family practitioner in Rome for many years. Surviving are two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. (Deborah) Kimmel, of Rome, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. (Lisa) Sullivan, of Frankfort; a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Russell L. (Veronica) Kirk, of Rome; six nieces and nephews, Ms. Katherine J. Kirk, Mr. and Mrs. John L. (Julie) Blaich, Ms. Elizabeth A. Kimmel, Mr. Ryan L. Kirk, Mr. Gregory M. Kimmel and Mr. Kevin D. Kirk; a great-nephew, Jack L. Blaich; and two great-nieces, Emma J. Blaich and Brielle J. Yager Kirk. David was predeceased by a great-niece, Jonna Lynn Blaich. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012, at 1:30 PM at St. Peter's Church. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in David's memory to Rome Catholic High School. Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. You may view the obituary and send a message of sympathy at: www.nunnandharper.com David's family would like to share with his friends and patients a quote from Walt Whitman, left by David for his family along with his will. A Starry Midnight This is thy hour O Soul! Thy free flight into the wordless! Away from books Away from Art The day is closed the lesson is done, For thee freely forth emerging silently gazing Pondering the themes thou lovest best Night, sleep, death, and the stars. ~Walt Whitman
David J. Kirk
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Oct. 20, 2012