Obituary: Richard S. Kirk, Former Manager of Wellesley Symphony Orchestra

Photo from George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
Photo from George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
Obituary from George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home:

Richard S. Kirk, 87, of Wellesley Hills, passed away peacefully after a short illness Jan. 3, 2014.

Born in Schenectady, N.Y., Dick Kirk was a resident of Wellesley for over 60 years. His 50 year career as an architect was spent in Boston at the firms Maginnis and Walsh and Kennedy, Desmond and Lord, Jackson and Moreland and finally Raytheon Company. He worked on many projects both domestically and internationally, being the architect in charge of the Eastern Airlines terminal, the Control Tower and the original International terminal at Boston’s Logan International Airport. He also served as the manager of the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra for many years.

He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, N.Y. and the University of Notre Dame. He served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. 

Dick’s hobby and passion was to retrieve items from the reusables area at the Wellesley Recycling and Disposal Facility and, after reconditioning the items, giving them to family and friends. 

He is survived by his children Richard Scott Kirk and his wife Clare, Melanie Ahanotu, Patricia Kirk and Caroline Kirk-Cordero; and his grandchildren, Richard and his wife Kate, Alexis, Martha and her husband Michael Rebocho, Luke, Christine and John. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Lou Kirk.

Interment private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s memory to St. Paul’s Church , 502 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482 of which he was a member for 60 years.


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