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John Kirby
May 7, 1953 - February 13, 2017

John Jude Kirby, 63, died Feb. 13 in Portland. There will be a rosary at 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at All Saints Church, 3847 NE Glisan St., Portland.

Mr. Kirby was born in Albany, New York, to Marion and John Kirby. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and Vincentian Institute  (high school) there, then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering at his beloved CCT, now known as Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. 

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, and a television and radio color announcer for the Portland Winterhawks hockey team. He wore many hats on sports television production crews, including for the Portland Trail Blazers.  After his retirement, Mr. Kirby was also a sworn officer in the Portland Police Bureau Reserve Unit, where he devoted hundreds of hours a year to the work.  He enjoyed skydiving, motorcycling, running, and he was working on his swimming for triathlons. 

Much to the chagrin of his wife, Cindy, he never learned to cook.

Mr. Kirby was greatly loved and survived by his wife, Cindy Canfield; his sisters, Theresa Hodges, Barbara Kirby, Mary Beth Stabinski, and spouses; his brother, Bob Kirby, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division, sunshinedivision.org, or to the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Multnomah County, namimultnomah.org.

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