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Blake T. Kirby Sr., 78

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Mr. Blake T. Kirby, Sr., 78, died on January 30, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at his daughter’s home in Verona.

A gathering of friends and family will take place in the Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona on Sunday, February 2 from 1 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a Service at 3:30 p.m.

Born in Glen Ridge, Mr. Kirby was a lifelong resident of Verona having attended Verona High School and raising his family there, with his wife of 56 years, Barbara.

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He was a member of Plumbers Local 24 in Springfield, working as a plumber on various construction projects from 1967 to 2006.

Mr. Kirby was predeceased by his daughter, Robin Kirby, his parents, Dow and Elizabeth (nee Masterton) Kirby, his sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Joe Stivala and his mother and father-in-law, Bill and Alice Fitzgerald.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara (nee Fitzgerald) Kirby; his loving children, Patricia Kirby-Bevilacqua (and her husband, Daniel), Elizabeth Bravette (and her husband, Brian) and Blake Kirby, Jr. (and his wife, Amy). He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Jaime Carlucci (and her husband, Rob), Brett Kolich (and his fiancee, Melissa), James Crawford, Sean Crawford, Emma Kirby, Paige Kirby, Larisa Bravette (and her husband, Lenny); great-grandchildren, Olivia Carlucci and Bowie Kolich; brothers-in-law, Bill Fitzgerald (and his wife, Jodi) and Dick Fitzgerald (and his wife, Kathy) and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church Street, Verona, NJ 07044 would be appreciated.

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