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Kirby, William Joseph (Jay)


William Joseph (Jay) Kirby, 83, of Winnetka, track and cross country at Penn State. He loved Illinois and Vero Beach, tennis, biking, skiing and regularly attended his Florida, passed away on children’s and grandchild­ren’s sporting events of June 30, 2021, surrounded all kinds. He also relished hunting with his black by his loving family. He was Labrador Retrievers and the camaraderi­e and born in Baltimore, MD on competitio­n of skeet shooting in Florida. A warm September 23, 1937, first and gracious host, Jay enjoyed the company of son to William Joseph Kirby family and friends throughout his life and welcomed and Marjorie Marie Wagner. all into his home. Jay traveled the world over a Jay graduated from Lower lifetime and cherished the opportunit­y to discover Merion High School in new places, new cultures and hidden secrets of Ardmore, PA, Pennsylvan­ia State University BS and foreign lands. For many years, Jay and Kitty spent Cornell University with his Master’s degree from vacations biking through Europe with a great group the ILR School. He was married to Catherine Craig of friends from Chicago. He always rode up one (Kitty) on June 17, 1961. Jay retired as a senior vice more hill. Quoting one of his favorite columnists, president after 42 years at FMC Corporatio­n. He Charles Krauthamme­r, “I leave this life with no and his wife have resided for the past 51 years in regrets. It was a wonderful life—full of great loves the Chicago suburbs and the past 33 years in Vero and great endeavors that made it worth living.” Beach, Florida. Jay is survived by his wife Kitty A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, August and their children: Bill (Leslie Taylor) of Rowayton, 20 at 11 AM at the Kenilworth Union Church, 211 CT, Craig (Maureen Ward) of Wilmette, IL, and Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth, IL. The service will David (Amanda Stokes) of Westport, CT. He is also be held outdoors in the Memorial Garden, weather survived by ten grandchild­ren: Elizabeth, Cameron, permitting. Memorial contributi­ons may be made to: Andrew, William, Chandler, Lindsay, Jake, Matthew, Indian River Land Trust, 80 Royal Palm Pointe, Suite Georgia and Catherine. He is also survived by his 301, Vero Beach FL 32960, Field Museum, 1400 South brother, David Wagner Kirby, sister, Constance Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60605 or Roosevelt Kirby Bain, sister-in-law, Molly Craig Billingsle­y, University, 430 S Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL brother-in-law Frank Pratt Billingsle­y, dear friend 60605. Online condolence­s may be shared at www. Jennifer Cole, and nieces Catherine Billingsle­y coxgifford­ Online condolence­s may Schaeffer, Caroline Billingsle­y Parr, Samantha Bain be shared at www.coxgifford­ Dutill and Christine Elizabeth Bain. Jay enjoyed Sign Guest Book at athletic competitio­n throughout his life. He ran

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