To know David was to know that you were loved, and there was nothing more important to him than his family. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Barbara, his children Stephen (Karina), Barry (Vicki), Heather (Kevin), Holly (Josh) and Lauren (Mike). He was deeply loved as Papa to his grandchildren Dallas (deceased), Meredith Elise, Julia, and Ava. He also greatly loved his extended family and friends and cherished the time he spent with them. These instances of entertaining, storytelling, fine wine and food provided him with so much joy. There was always too much food at the party and he wouldn’t have it any other way. As a member of the CYO Hall of Fame, he was fiercely devoted to coaching and serving to assist in the development of kids and to foster their love of sports, character, and hard work. He was a passionate Cleveland sports fan, which brought him equal measures of elation and frustration through the years. Some of David’s happiest days were spent on Lake Erie at “The Cottage” a peaceful place filled with memories and fun. All who knew David will miss his warmth, sense of humor and selflessness that never wavered, even as his health declined. Thank you to everyone who supported our family for the last several years especially the caring staff at the Welsh Home, Cypress Hospice, and our extended family and dear friends.
Funeral Mass at 10:00 am, Saturday, November 6 at St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 15800 Montrose Ave., Cleveland. David’s family will arrive early at church to greet family and friends and invite everyone who is able to join us for a lunch (11-3) to celebrate David’s life immediately following the service at Brennan’s Banquet Center, 13000 Triskett Rd., Cleveland. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Welsh Home, 22199 Center Ridge Ridge Rd. Rocky River, OH 44116.
Messages of Condolence
Lauren, Mike and Family,
Love and light to all of you. May his memory be a blessing now and always.
Lori and Matthew Canfield
Lauren, I can’t image how it feels to lose your father, and I’m at a loss for words. Please know I’m thinking of you and your family during this incredibly difficult time.
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to your family during this difficult time.
Coach Kirk was my basketball coach at Berea High all 4 years I was there. May you Rest In Peace, Coach Kirk. You always made us laugh during the basketball season with your goofy stories and antics. Boy, did you have a love for the game! One of my favorite quotes, ‘Can we have a little traveling music?’ Coach would say this anytime the refs didn’t call traveling on the other team. He was loyal, competitive and we were a part of his family – even if we didn’t understand or appreciate it at the time. When I coached both my kids’ teams, I tried to instill that same love of the game and personal connections that he instilled upon me.
I’m saddened by his passing. Didn’t know him well but his gentle nature and inviting smile remains with me.
So sorry for your loss.
To my great brother, Dave, “Coach” Family Man & Friend
Your understanding, humor and love will stay with me forever.
As you meet our parents, brothers & sisters may God’s angels be singing your favorite polka. Love, always Karen Lee
The Kirk family were great to be around. My wife and I first house on Rowan Drive made us neighbors. Those were fun times. We nicknamed Dave “ the commissioner of Rowan Dr “. At election time we put his motto on our sign. It read. :
He won going away. We will miss you Dave We know you are the commissioner of a heavenly street now. Kim and Greg
From the St Adalbert Black Hawk days many fond memories and victories shared. All stand together and thank you for the rides to practice and games. Steve and Barry and the Kirk family we embrace
I will miss his warm embraces and that sparkle he always seemed to have in his eye. I feel so blessed to have known him over 25 years and we love the Kirk family so much! His beautiful memory lives on through each of you. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are going all the way up for everyone. Love, Roger, Kelly and Blake Bernard
We offer our condolence and sympathy to the entire Kirk Family & his wife. We will always remember your hugs and sweet smile as we would meet you at the family gatherings. God Bless you. Thanks for the memories.
I was blessed and honored to have “Kirby” as my godfather. I have nothing but happy memories of you, and your family was always so gracious to me. I shall miss you, godfather. You were a class act and a gentleman in every sense of the word. You often made me smile and laugh, just by being around you. You will be in my prayers, and I hope to see you again, godfather, and we’ll share a good a laugh. RIP.
I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
May you find comfort in the love of friends and family and never forget the cherished memories
Our thoughts are with all of you. Will miss that dude. He and my dad will be back together this Christmas Eve drinking scotch on the rocks.
Jerry Traczyk and family
My prayers are with you and your family at this heartbreaking time.
David was always a caring and loving friend. He had such a wonderful
sense of humor. What a great friend he was to all of us. I will miss him.
So sorry to hear of the passing of Dave. He always was a joy to be around and always asked how everybody was doing. I think of the Kirk family every time I walk by the house. Our condolences to you, Barb, and all the “kids”. Hope you are doing well.