James Loren Kirby, 62, of Claremont, NH, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday February 21, 2017.
He was born in Attleboro, MA, on March 29 1954, the son of Loren J. Kirby and Jeanette White. He is survived by his three children, Jennifer and her husband Dave Rich, Colleen Kirby, and Gregory Kirby, as well as his three grandchildren, Emily and Ben Rich and Joshua Dow. In addition, he is survived by his mother, Jeanette White and stepmother, Evelyne Kirby, along with three brothers, David, Donald and Daniel Kirby and one sister, Kathleen Dell, and many nieces and nephews.
Out of high school, he joined the US Air Force which moved his family to Colorado. There he transitioned easily from military police to civilian law enforcement with the Colorado Springs Police Department serving 20 years. Throughout his extended career in law enforcement, he served many active roles including officer, detective with the vice department, liquor enforcement, sergeant and ending as chief.
He will be remembered as a huge animal lover, often surprising his family with a stray dog he brought home. He enjoyed barbecues with family and friends, was an avid martial arts activist, as well as playing football, baseball and billiards. Most of all, he will be remembered for his sense of humor and fun loving spirit.
As in all things in his life, he fought his last battle with Lewy Body Dementia very strongly, courageously and with dignity.
A memorial service will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Saturday, February 25th at 4PM. Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 PM prior to the service.
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