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KIRBY, Frank D. Frank D. Kirby III, of Rocky Hill, passed away on November 23, 2010 after a long courageous battle with kidney cancer. Frank was born in Boston, MA in 1941 to the late Frank D. Kirby Jr. and Mary A. Drane. He graduated High School from the Oratory School near Reading, England where he was a member of the 1st XV rugby team and the 1st Xl cricket team. He attended Colby College and the London School of Economics for college, and he won the prestigious Root Tilden scholarship to NYU Law School where he graduated in 1966. Frank served as a brankruptcy attorney in the Boston and Worcester legal communities for 43 years where he successfully shepherded hundreds of companies out of bankruptcy. Frank was a lifelong rugby player. He played rugby for the Manhattan R.C., the New York R.C. and the Boston R.C. rugby club. Frank was also an avid and skilled golfer. Frank is survived by his devoted wife of 44 years, Jacqueline Paterno Kirby of Rocky Hill, his son John F. J. Kirby and his daughter in law Karla Henwood Kirby and their son, his grandson, Liam J.F. Kirby of Jersey City, N.J. By his sister Ann Casey Pascal and his brother-in-law Jack and their three children, his nieces and nephews, John, Emma and Katherine of Washington. By his brother Bartholomew Casey and his sister-in-law Marilyn, and their three children, his nieces and nephews, Matthew, Lauren and Michael of Westport. By his mother Mary Drane Brauer of New Milford. Frank was preceded by his father Frank D. Kirby Jr. , his step father John F. (Jack) Casey and his step father Robert Brauer. Frank is also survived by the following brother and sister-in-law from his wife's family ; Jack Paterno Jr. , Babetta P. Ferris, Cynthia P. Cody, Melissa P. Schori, Barry Paterno, Robert Paterno, Christina Paterno, Peter Paterno, and Gregory Paterno. He is also survived by their respective spouses and their multiple children, his nephews and nieces. The funeral will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. from the Coughlin - Lastrina Funeral Home 491 High St. Middletown followed by a mass of Christian Burial in St. Sebastian Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery Bronx, N. Y. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations earmarked for Kidney Cancer Research to: Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital P.O. Box 1849 New Haven, CT 06508-9979 or the Vanderbilt - Ingram Cancer Center, c/o Gifts Processing, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Nov. 26, 2010
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