Ocean City Today

Bernard Carroll Kirby

Sep 28, 2017
Bernard Carroll Kirby


Printed 09/29/2017


Ocean Pines

Bernard Carroll Kirby, “Bunny,” age 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Carroll G. Kirby and Emma B. Sullivan Kirby.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Joanne K. Kirby; and sons, Patrick Kirby and his wife, Dayle, of Lutherville, Maryland, Kevin Kirby of Ocean Pines, Terrence Kirby of Ocean City, Sean Kirby of Jupiter, Florida, and Ryan Kirby and his wife, Kristen, of West Ocean City.

He was an adored grandfather to Rylie Quinn, Kennedy Lyn and Lily Grace Kirby. Also surviving is his brother, Michael Kirby, of Ocean Pines; two sisters, Gess Kirby RSM of Baltimore, and Mary Tillery of Ocean Pines, and numerous cousins.

Mr. Kirby was a graduate of Loyola High School – Blakefield, and Loyola University, in Towson, Maryland, and the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

He served in the United States Army at the time of the Korean War, and later was employed by Baker Watts as a stock broker. After retiring to Ocean Pines, he became a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He sang in the choir (a Russian bass) and served as extraordinary minister of Holy Communion at St. John’s as well as St. Patrick’s Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

He was a member of the Dunes Club, the Marlin Club, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Delmarva Irish American Club, Ballenisles Golf and Country Club, and Ocean Pines Golf and Yacht Club.

He enjoyed tennis, bridge, and was a huge sports fan, including the Ravens, Orioles and University of Maryland teams, to name a few. In his spare time, he prepared lunch for the Joseph House and visited with the homeless at the Shepherd’s Crook at St. Paul’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City.

While visiting New York City, he sang “Happy Birthday” with his tour group, at the Metropolitan - and wanted it to be known to all that he “sang at the Met.”

A mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, near Berlin. Interment will be in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at 1 p.m. in Timonium, Maryland.

A donation in his memory may be made to: Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Maryland 21804, or Loyola High School, Development Center, P.O. Box 6819, Baltimore, Maryland 21285-6819.

Letters of condolence may be sent via: www.burbagefuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin.

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