We received the sad news yesterday that our friend and ETAD alumnus, Cole Kirby, passed away late last week. Cole was a wonderful colleague who completed our program in the 1990s. Cole could take on the most serious of issues, argue it with intelligence, wit, and compassion, and then break everyone up with his remarkable sense of humour. Rest in peace, Cole, and we send our deepest sympathies to his family.
We’re sharing here the obituary that appeared today in the Star Phoenix.
Cole James Kirby
January 19, 1957 – February 20, 2015
Cole passed away in his home in Saskatoon, SK, at the age of 58. Cole was born in Duncan, BC and spent his years growing up in Victoria, BC, where he met the love of his life, Marie. Cole and Marie moved to Saskatoon at the age of 23 where Cole took his B.Ed at the U of S. He began working for the Saskatoon Public School Board shortly thereafter. He spent a lot of his working days involved with extra- curricular activities within the schools he worked as a teacher, vice-principal, and principal in both the elementary and high school systems. Cole went on to further his education to receive his M.Ed from the U of S in 1993. He was a very talented and competitive football player in his younger years, and was also an avid curler. Cole was in the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s longest curling match. He loved sports and enjoyed watching both football and hockey games. Cole was a die-hard Habs fan. He was involved in hockey drafts, including the Alberta Pool and the Couch Potatoes for 25 years. He loved watching his daughter and son play soccer, hockey, and many other activities during their lives growing up in Saskatoon. Cole is loved and remembered by his parents, James (Jim) and Ellen Kirby, his wife of 35 years Marie Kirby, his son Tanner (Lynsie), his daughter Kristen (John-Michael) and 6 month old granddaughter, Kinley Martens. Also by his brothers, Clay Kirby, wife Patty; and Rod Kirby, wife Michelle; and his sister Michelle Whitman, and husband Dave. Please join us in the Celebration of the life of Cole James Kirby at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Acadia McKague’s Funeral Centre at 915 Acadia Dr, Saskatoon, SK. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.www.heartandstroke.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestarphoenix/obituary.aspx?n=cole-james-kirby&pid=174250315#sthash.xeuTpfBY.dpuf