David Henry Adam Kirk
David Kirk, who was born and raised in the Comox Valley, journeyed home peacefully in the early morning of August 30th 2010,at Comox Valley Seniors Village. He was a successful businessman, a loving family man and grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents, Geoff and Kathleen Kirk, brother John, and wife Ruth. He will be missed by his daughter Joanne (Pete Paulson), grandsons Luke and Adam Paulson, and daughter Marion Kirk and her husband Bryan Hill, his brother Robert (Eunice) and sisters Margaret Moffat and Pamela Kirk as well as many nieces and one nephew. Reverend Brandon will lead a Celebration of David’s Life at the Native Son’s Hall in Courtenay on Friday September 10th at 4 PM. The doors will be open at 3:30 and an open house reception will follow.
David’s schooling was at Duncan Grammar School, St. Michael’s University School, Victoria and at the Courtenay High School. His first jobs were with Little River Logging and Elk River Timber as a log scaler. Later he worked for his dad who had the Home Oil Distributorship and Kirk Electric on their home property by the river at the foot of 17th Street in Courtenay. Geoff’s Home Oil Distributorship terminated and the Kirk Electric building was moved to 10th street. David trained and received his pilot’s license and was a flying “salesman” for Kirk Electric. Eventually he bought out his dad, changed the name to Kirk Auto Electric, built a new building around the corner on England Avenue and later opened locations in Campbell River and Port McNeil.
Many of his hunting buddies were also his fishing buddies and the companionship with them was primary; the fish they caught were a bonus. As he was building his business, his mentor Earl Corbett was wooed from Calgary to fish, David used these many, many opportunities to tap into Earl’s wealth of knowledge about operating a successful Parts store.
In later years, David and Ruth enjoyed traveling including numerous trips to Palm Springs. It’s golf courses were a favorite get-away.
David was a gracious host, a kind and gentle man who loved his work, his family, his dogs, and his cat. We will miss him.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caring Comox Valley Senior’s Village staff who gave such compassionate care during his stay there, Stevenson’s Place with their many friendships, Doctor Fitzpatrick, Chris, Phillip and Richard ( the 3 wise men), the many emergency staff at St. Joe’s, Leeann from Lamms Home Care, Ian from Eby’s, Jane, the extraordinary caring and devoted companions, many, many friends and family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the charity of your choice or the Rotary International Student Exchange Program through the Courtenay Rotary Club.