ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Donald J. Kirby, 77, passed away March 14 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton. He was the loving husband of Pauline (Labonte) Kirby for more than 58 years.
Born Dec. 14, 1937 in North Attleboro, he was a son of the late Robert F. and Aurore M. (Boutin) Kirby.
Donald was a lifelong resident of North Attleboro and Attleboro and moved to Christopher Heights in Attleboro in 2012. He and Pauline also wintered in Apollo Beach, Fla., for 10 years.
He was a graduate of Sacred Heart Elementary School in North Attleboro where he met Pauline and was a 1956 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy in Central Falls, R.I. He began his career at Achin’s Garage in North Attleboro and retired as a distributor and salesman of automotive parts after a career in the automotive business.
Donald was a licensed pilot and avid flier. He owned two planes which he originally flew out of Mansfield Airport and later North Central Airport in Smithfield, R.I. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and he and Pauline enjoyed flying all across New England.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children and their spouses: Michael and wife Carol Kirby of North Attleboro, Daniel Kirby of Vermont, Patricia Kirby and husband Daniel Jones of North Attleboro and Brian Kirby of Attleboro; two siblings: Irene Champagne of Attleboro and Father Robert F. Kirby of Cape Cod and Florida; nine grandchildren and two brothers-in-law: Robert Waterson of Cape Coral, Fla., and Gerard Champagne of South Attleboro.
He was brother of the late Helen Waterson and Lois Champagne and grandfather of the late Timothy Kirby.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated March 19 at Sacred Heart Church in North Attleboro.
Burial will be private at a later date.