George Kirk

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George L. Kirk, 75, of Portsmouth, RI and Silver Beach, MA died peacefully Thursday, March 13, 2014 surrounded by his wife and family. George was the husband of Pamela N. Kirk for 54 years. Born in Cambridge, MA on August 20, 1938, he was the son of the late William J. Kirk and Alice (Guertin) Kirk of Newtonville, MA and West Falmouth, MA. George was a graduate of Newton High School, class of 1956, MIT, class of 1960 and Harvard Business School, class of 1964. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Saratoga from 1960-1962, retiring as a Lieutenant. Mr. Kirk moved his young family to Newport and began working at The Eppley Laboratory, eventually settling in Portsmouth, RI. Mr. Kirk was an avid sailor. His love of sailing began as a teenager at Wild Harbor in his principal vessel, Cygnet. It fostered through college racing at MIT then continued into small keelboat classes including the J-24, Etchells and Shields. As an offshore sailor, he participated in many regattas, highlighted with a victory in the 1982 Newport to Bermuda Race aboard Brigadoon. He was the father of Skip Kirk of Portsmouth, RI, John and his wife Jill of Millbury, MA, Tom and his wife Kathy of Portsmouth, RI, Jane and her husband Mike OConnor of Foxboro, MA and Peter and his wife Melissa of Canton, MA. He was the grandfather of Jack, Ryan, Liam, Julia, Drew, Lauren, Caitlin, Griffin, Abigail and Rebecca. The entire family summered together at Silver Beach, MA. He is survived by his brothers and sisters: William J. Kirk, Jr. and his wife Joyce of North Falmouth, MA, David G. Kirk and his wife Ann of Sudbury, MA and Silver Beach, Mary K. Smith and her husband Robert of North Falmouth, MA, Anne K. Shea of West Falmouth, MA and his sister-in-law Becky Kirk of East Falmouth. His mother and father, his brother Joseph P. Kirk, sister-in-law Susan C. Kirk, and brother-in-law John T. Shea preceded him in death. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, March 17, 2014 at 10 am at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, 481 Quaker Road, North Falmouth, MA with interment in North Falmouth Cemetery. Donations may be made to The Potter League For Animals, 87 Oliphant Lane, Middletown, RI 02842 or Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department, 2300 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Arrangements by the Russell & Pica Funeral Home, Brockton. For guestbook , visit www.Russellpicafuneralhome.com

Published in Falmouth Bulletin from Mar. 18 to Mar. 25, 2014
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