On July 23rd, 2023 Kevin passed away peacefully at the age of 66.
Kevin will be remembered for his generosity and love of family and friends.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Cindy; his sisters Kelly Vaillaincourt and Susan Kirby; his half-brother Mark MacVittie; and his stepsiblings Steve MacVittie, Greg MacVittie, Lori Shalin, and Lee Ann McCulloch; and numerous other family members. Kevin was predeceased by his brother Brent Kirby, his mother Raili MacVittie, his nephew Brody Wright and his stepfather Bill MacVittie.
Kevin was employed by CN Rail from 1979 until his retirement in 2018. Early in his career he spent many years working in interior northern BC where he enjoyed the rugged environment, his adventures with friends and co-workers, downhill skiing, fishing and traversing the province. Eventually he took a job in the CN main yard in Edmonton which eventually led to his position as Relief Signal Maintainer. As the Relief Signal Maintainer he spent years working in the Wainright, Viking and numerous areas around Alberta, in time he became the permanent Edmonton Signal Maintainer which led to his position as Supervisor, Signals & Communications Alberta District. In his honour a new CN signal station sign in the Wainwright area will be named ‘Kirby’.
Away from work, Kevin was a caring husband, brother, uncle and friend, who never hesitated to help those in need, quite often even though they did not ask him for help. He just enjoyed it. He loved Alberta, skiing in Jasper, skating at most any rink and cycling around Edmonton. He also cherished his trips with his wife Cindy to the US and to his hometown of Thunder Bay to see family, always stopping in Winnipeg along the way. New challenges and adventures in new places near and far always fueled his enthusiasm, especially when they involved family and friends.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Grey Nuns Units 43 and 44, and the staff at the Norwood Palliative Hospice for their kindness and support during Kevin’s final week.
Any memorial donation made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada would be greatly appreciated by the family.