Randolph (Randy) Eugene Kirby, 78
Born in Charlottesville, Randolph Kirby moved to Alexandria, VA in 1950. He became a firefighter for the City of Alexandria in 1958 and served as Fire Marshal of the City from 1975 until his retirement in 1983. Later he and his wife Lucy moved to the Shenandoah Valley. After her death in 2014, Randolph eventually moved from their residence in Edinburg to Woodstock, VA, where he passed away at home on February 4, 2018.
One of eleven children, he leaves behind a brother, Mike, his son, Randy Jr., a granddaughter Leslie, many nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
Randolph served his country in the Army Reserve and was very active in his community throughout his life.
He was a Presbyterian, a member of the Alexandria Lions Club, and was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Master Mason at the Alexandria Washington Lodge #22. He especially enjoyed teaching fire safety to local schoolchildren and was widely known and loved for his unique sense of humor and playful, generous spirit.
An avid fly fisherman, wading the trout streams of Virginia with his fellow firemen became an annual tradition that yielded not just fish, but hilarious stories and fond memories that lasted them a lifetime.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m., March 11, 2018, at Woodstock Presbyterian Church, 142 E. Court St. in Woodstock, VA. A light buffet will follow in the Church social hall.
Flowers may be sent to the Church on Friday, March 9 from 9:00-12:00 or donations can be made in Randy’s name to one of his favorite charities: The Salvation Army of Shenandoah County 617 Kestrel Ct., Woodstock, VA 22664, The Friendship Firehouse Association 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria, VA 22314 or the Masonic Home of Virginia 500 Masonic Lane, Richmond, VA 23223.
There will be a separate service held for Randolph by his brother Masons of the Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22. It will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4th, at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22301. Those who attend should enter the building through the North Gate. All are welcome.
A private family burial service will be held at a later date at Snow Creek Cemetery in Statesville, NC where Randolph will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife, Lucy.