John Stanley Kirk

September 16, 1938 - October 2, 2019

Funeral Details: Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition Barrie

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of John Stanley Kirk, age 81, at Royal Victoria Hospital, Barrie Ontario. After a lengthy illness with several complications, he succumbed to pneumonia on October 2nd. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Wendy, also his best friend, he leaves four children Kelly (John) Reuben, Heather (Cary) Churchill, Johnny, and Stephen (Tracy), 7 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and three great great granddaughters.


Born in Hamilton, on Sept 16, 1938, John spent his formative years in Southern Ontario. But it was his move to Moose Factory in 1965 that started the most fulfilling part of his life. He spent 35 years in the James Bay area, loving the land, its people and the several jobs he encountered.


First and foremost, John loved his family- the grands, great grands, and great great grands were a joy to him. He had great pride in the accomplishments of his children. His other interests included the beloved summer cottage at Big Bay Point, becoming a private pilot and owning his own plane, twenty years as a snowbird in Florida, and enjoying golf. He was a Mason, passing on this legacy to his son, Stephen and soon to grandson, Jeremy- five generations of Kirk Masons.


We will all miss John immensely, but he leaves his values of a strong work ethic, an unwavering faith, honesty, commitment and kindness.



7 Condolences
  • Irene Barbeau
    Posted on: Thursday, October 3, 2019 Reply

    My sincere condolences to Wendy and large extended family. I knew the Kirk family when they lived in Moose Factory, ON. Went to many dances, parties with John & Wendy. God bless you all during this difficult time. Love and hugs.

  • Kelly Brown
    Posted on: Thursday, October 3, 2019 Reply

    On behalf of our board staff and the entire Moosonee Public educational community I would like to express our deepest sympathy to your family – know that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Kelly Brown

  • Jo Anne Clarke
    Posted on: Thursday, October 3, 2019 Reply

    Wendy and family. My sincere condolences in John’s passing. He and Ron must be visiting. Prayers 🙏 are with you. John was so much help for us at the Bargain Corner and will not forget, nor you Wendy.

  • Yolande J.C. Riopel
    Posted on: Friday, October 4, 2019 Reply

    Dear John , such great memories from Florida. Here is one with golfers.
    Prayers and our thoughts are with you. Love from us

  • Brent LaBrosse
    Posted on: Friday, October 4, 2019 Reply

    Wendy and Family. So sorry to hear of John’s passing. Have some great memories of time spent with John in Moosonee when I worked for the MDAB in the early 80’s. Learned so much from John and the guidance he provided me will never be forgotten. Great memories of the long days we spent together during the construction of the community centre in Moosonee!! Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this trying time! God Bless!

  • Bill Best
    Posted on: Saturday, October 5, 2019 Reply

    My heartfelt sympathies to the Kirk clan and especially Wendy. As a kid visiting the church camp visiting the Kirks and the Pococks, Uncle John was a super hero living in a wild far away place, telling stories, we were in awe. He leaves an incredible legacy for f family l and we are better for having his bigger than life memory to hold on to. Bill

  • Bob And Jen Gravel
    Posted on: Friday, January 24, 2020 Reply

    Sincerest condolences to the Kirk family. I knew John only briefly while in Moosonee. A special consideration to Kelly albeit a little late. Kindest regards!

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