February 1, 1947 – October 22, 2015

Kirby passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 22, 2015 after many months of cancer’s shattering intrusions into his life. Predeceased by parents George and Grace Bunnell, he leaves behind his loving wife Pat, daughter Angie (Crystal), son Kyle (Janet), and grandchildren Keenan, Kamylle, Elwynn, Sammi, and Gratian; brother Fred (Anthea), in-laws Maisie, Gordon, and Barbara Carncross; nephews and niece Corey Bunnell, Scott and Caroline Carncross. Kirby never forgot his East Vancouver roots where he lived until moving to New Westminster at age 11. He maintained a lifelong passion for history, which he studied at UBC; his prodigious appetite for knowledge made him our “Google” before it existed.

Combining this with his love of nature and of travel, he gave his family wonderful memories of long summer trips, and inspired many Cubs, Scouts, and leaders with his knowledge, skills and humour. Eccentric and unique describe him, plus his “well-developed” sense of humour. He sought to give back to his community, contributing his talents to any group he was associated with, notably of late the Fellowship of AA. The family is very appreciative of the medical support he received, especially by Palliative Care teams and Dr. Len Delair. A Celebration of Kirby’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at SouthRidge Fellowship Baptist, 22756 48th Ave, Langley. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to BC Children’s Hospital at

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