Kirby, John 63 May 07, 1953 Feb. 13, 2017 John Kirby, 63, passed away Feb. 13, 2017 in Portland. He was born in Albany, N.Y., to Marion and John Kirby. John was greatly loved and is survived by his wife, Cindy Canfield; sisters, Theresa Hodges, Barbara Kirby (Jim Fealey), Mary Beth Stabinski (Rick); brother, Bob Kirby; and many nieces and nephews. John attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Vincentian Institute high school in Albany. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical and computer engineering at his beloved CCT, now known as Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. Until his retirement, John worked in engineering and engineering management at Hughes Aircraft, Tektronix, and most recently, Intel. A man of many talents, John was a lifelong church organist, the organist for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team and the Portland Beavers baseball team, a television and radio color announcer for the Portland Winterhawks hockey team, and he wore many hats on sports television production crews, including the Portland Trail Blazers. After his retirement, John was also a sworn officer in the Portland Police Bureau Reserve Unit where he devoted hundreds of hours a year to the work. John enjoyed skydiving, motorcycling, running, and he was working on his swimming for triathlons Much to Cindy's chagrin, he never learned to cook. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 beginning with the recitation of the rosary at 10:30 a.m., at All Saints Parish, 3847 N.E. Glisan St., Portland, OR. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, sunshinedivision.org , or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Multnomah County, namimultnomah.org . Arrangements by Zeller Chapel of the Roses.
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