Obituary of Leon Kirby

Leon (Lee) E. Kirby, born in Ogdensburg, NY on July 23, 1940, passed away
suddenly at his home in Endwell, NY on
June 30, 2017. He was predeceased by
his parents Donald L. and Irene (Bushaw) Kirby and a son Peter Kirby. Lee is
survived by his loving wife, Ann Kirby; his children, Christopher Kirby, Denver,
CO; Matthew (Nicole) Kirby, Buena Park, CA; Sara Kirby, Paoli, PA; Patrick
(Veza) Kirby, Murrieta, CA; a stepson, Jeffrey D. Merrill, MD, Berkeley, CA;
stepdaughter Lynn Merrill, Elkridge, MD; stepson James (Wendy) Merrill of
Sterling, MA; grandchildren Ella and Hazel Kirby, Buena Park, CA; Annabel
Simkhovich, Paoli, PA; Chloe Kirby, Murrieta, CA; and step grandsons, Justin
and Ryan Merrill. He is also survived by brothers Rev. Donald Kirby, S.J., James
(Kathy) Kirby, David (Cynthia) Kirby, Peter (Nancy) Kirby, all of Syracuse, NY;
John (Sue) Kirby, Norwell, MA; sisters Mary (William) Manfred, Martha (Steve)
Paraszczak, both in Clifton Park, NY; twenty one nieces and nephews; and the
mother of his children, Donna Kirby. Lee graduated from St. Mary's Academy in
Ogdensburg, NY and SUNY Canton where he was president of the Student
Council. He entered the Army Security Agency in 1960 and served in Korea for
16 months and at several bases in the US. While serving in the Agency he
earned the award as Outstanding Soldier of the 3rd Army in Fort Wolters, TX,
an Army Commendation Medal and a Medal of Foreign Service while in Korea.
Upon discharge from the Army, Lee worked for National Cash Register in
Syracuse, NY. In 1966, Lee and his partner John Peck co-founded Southern
Tier Cash Register, Inc. in Binghamton, NY. During the final 18 years of Lee's
tenure at STCR, the company was a Premier Business Partner with IBM
specializing in retail systems for supermarkets. He sold STCR, Inc. in 2005 after
39 years and retired. Lee was a member of the Church of the Holy Family in
Endwell and previously a lector at Saint Patrick's in Binghamton. He was a
member of ASA KOREA and was the editor of the newsletter. He belonged to
the Binghamton Rotary Club and was a past president. He was on the board of
PAL (Binghamton Police Athletic League) and belonged to SCORE, which is an
organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs with business advice. Leisure
activities included playing in a men's hockey league, traveling, serving on civic
boards and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a lifetime
member of the VFW. In retirement, Lee and Ann spent their winters in their
condo in Indialantic, FL. He also enjoyed golf in Binghamton in the summer and
Florida in the winter. A Funeral Mass will be offered at the Church of the Holy
Family, 3600 Phyllis Street, Endwell, Friday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Calvary
Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the J.A. McCormack
Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. In
lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Lee may be made to
Binghamton Rotary Club, P.O. Box 462, Vestal, NY 13851 or Police Athletic
League, 38 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901.
Leon (Lee)Kirby  508th  1961-1962

Member ASA Korea, Secretary to the
Board and Editor of
Back to Taps Index