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Bernard C. 'Bunny' Kirby, retired stockbroker

Bernard C. “Bunny” Kirby, a retired stockbroker who was a founder of Lombard Securities, died Sept. 19 of cancer at Coastal Hospice in Salisbury. The former Rodgers Forge resident was 82.

The son of Carroll Gerard Kirby, a Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. supervisor, and Emma Sullivan Kirby, a homemaker, Bernard Carroll Kirby was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton and Ridgewood Road in Roland Park.

He attended Mount Washington Country School and graduated in 1952 from Loyola High School. After graduating from what is now Loyola University Maryland in 1956, he enlisted in the Army and served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea. His was discharged with the rank of private.

In 1962, he married Joanne Mountain, and the couple later settled into a home on Dunkirk Road in Rodgers Forge, where they raised five sons.

After working for IBM, Mr. Kirby joined Eastman Dillon in 1966 as a stockbroker, and then joined Baker Watts two years later. He also attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1986, Mr. Kirby and several colleagues established Lombard Securities. He later joined Merrill Lynch, from which he retired in 2005.

A devout Roman Catholic who earlier in life contemplated entering the priesthood, he was a communicant and choir member of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Ocean Pines and St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Mr. Kirby was a former communicant of St. Pius X in Rodgers Forge.

In 2001, he and his wife moved to Ocean Pines and spent time there and in Palm Beach, Fla. He volunteered at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Ocean City, where he helped cook and served meals to the needy and homeless, and also at the Joseph House in Salisbury. For years, he had been on the board and was a fundraiser for the Woodbourne Center in Baltimore.

He had coached baseball, basketball and soccer with the Towson Recreation Council and at St. Pius X parochial school.

He enjoyed playing tennis and in 1971 was the state badminton champion in the B Division, family members said. He was an avid Orioles, Ravens and University of Maryland Terrapins fan.

He also played golf and bridge and was a member of the Valley Country Club, Roland Run Club and Ocean Pines Golf & Tennis Club, as well as the Green Hill Country Club and the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.

Mr. Kirby was a member of the Dunes Club of Ocean City, the Ocean City Marlin Club, the Delmarva Irish American Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon Wednesday at St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church, 11211 Beauchamp Road, Berlin.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Patrick Kirby of Mays Chapel, Kevin Kirby of Ocean Pines, Terrence Kirby of Ocean City, Ryan Kirby of West Ocean City and Sean Kirby of Jupiter, Fla.; a brother, Michael Kirby of Ocean Pines; two sisters, Sister Gess Kirby of Towson, and Vicki Tillery of Ocean Pines; and three granddaughters.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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