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Dear Rita,
Sorry I couldn't be there today but and the family are in my prayers.
I remember the Nat'l Conventions when we all used to hit the casinos. I also still have the Dolphin clock Van gave me and it still works.
Don/Diane Lafond

Posted by: DIANE LAFOND - Acushnet, MA   Feb 08, 2020

Dearest Rita, Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be missed.

Posted by: Ron and Jean Smith - Ormond Beach, FL - Friend   Feb 08, 2020

Rita,was very sorry to hear of Vans passing. I will keep you in my prayers as you go threw these hard times.

Posted by: Judie Fairneny - Melrose, MA - Friend   Feb 07, 2020

I did not know you personally, however I would very much like to "Thank You" for your dedicated and honorable Military Service to OUR country.
At a later date we will meet in that "SPECIAL PLACE" which GOD reserves for ALL of those who have stepped forward to serve their county in a Military Uniform.
May ALL of GOD'S blessings be with your Dear Family!

Posted by: Sergeant Major (E-9) Larry E. & Mrs. Sheila M. (LaBar) Williams, US Army/ Retired - TN   Feb 06, 2020

Godspeed Uncle Bob. You were my favorite uncle and one of the truly great storytellers. Our condolences to Aunt Rita.

Steve and Holly

Posted by: Steve Whitney - Miamisburg, OH - Family   Feb 05, 2020

To the Van Kirk Family:

On behalf of a grateful nation, and the State of New Hampshire VFW Auxiliary, District #7, we wish to express sincere appreciation for the honorable service given by your loved one, and send our deepest condolences on your loss.

Cathy Burns
Chaplain, District #7

Posted by: Cathy Burns - Friend   Feb 03, 2020

Rita - I remember spending time @ the Harold O Young with both you and Van.


Posted by: Jack Rahilly - North Conway, NH - Friend   Feb 02, 2020

Rita and Family- Dawn and I send our deepest condolences on your loss. Van was a friend, Comrade and mentor who I looked to for advice and counsel to be the best VFW member and officer I could. His presence will be missed but never forgotten. Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate!

Posted by: Michael Figlioli - VFW Washington Office, DC - Friend   Feb 02, 2020

"Van" will always be remembered as a true American patriot. He gave to his country, friends and, of course, Rita, unconditionally. We all will miss his stories (some of them even funny) and hope that when our time arises to leave this world, we do so as Van; a little better.
Dick & Myra

Posted by: Richard & Myra Lyons - Melrose, MA - Friend   Feb 02, 2020

Patty, Katie & Family,
We're so sorry to learn of Van's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Posted by: Gina & Charlie Manoli - Stoneham, MA - Friend   Feb 01, 2020