William Harold Kirk was born in Bar Harbor on Jan. 21, 1930, to George Harold and Helen Yeaton Kirk. Bill grew up in Bar Harbor and graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick in 1956, where he was a member of Zeta Psi fraternity, the Bowdoin Glee Club and the Meddie Bempsters, a nine-man a cappella group that toured Europe entertaining the troops for the USO. He served four years in the Korean War in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a 1st class petty officer in charge of the ship’s office. He met his wife, Mary Jane, while singing in the Monmouth Civic Chorus in Rumson, N.J., and they married in 1960.
Bill worked for the Bankers Trust Co. of New York City for 27 years as an assistant vice president in the trust department and later as manager of employee benefits administration. He later was the manager of faculty and employee benefits at Columbia University and employee benefits manager at Huls Chemical Co. until he retired in 1995. Bill’s continuing education included the American Institute of Banking, Pace College and NYU while working at Bankers Trust Co.
He was a volunteer benefits advisor consultant for IEEE (International Electrical and Electronic Engineers Union) for seven years for their insurance committee. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 185 in Bar Harbor and the American Legion Post 57 in Waldwick, N.J. Bill was a member of St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, Bar Harbor, where he was an altar boy and member of the boys choir, St John’s Church, Ramsey, N.J., where he served as treasurer and vestry member, and Christ Episcopal Church, Ridgewood, N.J., where he was a member of the vestry, lay reader, money counter and usher. He was also a member of the Property Commission and the Clergy Compensation Committee for the Diocese of Newark, where he was recognized for the many contributions to the church and community with The David Paul Hegg 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. He sang with the Ridgewood Singers, where he served as VP for several years and in retirement with the Wyckoff Y Adult Chorus. Bill belonged to Hobbyists Unlimited of Ridgewood since 1998, where he enjoyed hiking, trips, tours and the investment club. Bill was also active in the Boy Scouts and was VP of the Junior Football League.
Bill, Mary Jane and their three children enjoyed a part of every summer at the family cottage on Long Pond and all the beauty of Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, son William Harold Kirk Jr. and daughter Alyson Leigh Kirk, all of Waldwick, N.J. He was predeceased by his beautiful daughter, Carrie Lynn Kirk, in 1997, his parents, Harold and Helen Kirk, sister Dorothy Kirk Morrison, aunts Gertrude Whitmore and Charlotte Kirk Buff and niece Kate Nowell Bunting. He is also survived by his cousin Barbara Haskins of Kansas City, Kan., niece Lisa Nowell and her husband, Kim Stanley Robinson, and nephews David and Tim Robinson of Davis, Calif., and Jim and Chris Bunting of Santa Cruz, Calif., and cousin Joe Kirk of Port Clyde.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 105 Cottage St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450, on Nov. 20, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. Vander Plaat Funeral Home of Wyckoff, www.vpfh.com, 257 Godwin Ave., Wyckoff, NJ, has arranged services for the Kirk family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can made in Bill’s memory to Christ Episcopal Church, www.christchurchridgewood.org, 105 Cottage St., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 or St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, stsaviours.me, 41 Mt Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 or LifeFlight of Maine, www.lifeflightmaine.org, PO Box 899., Camden, ME 04843.