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AIDAN JAMES KIRBY
Born: Aug 26, 1996
Date of Passing: Dec 07, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
AIDAN JAMES KIRBY
Born August 26, 1996 in Winnipeg, Aidan became involved in sports, music and outdoor life at an early age and was always happiest at the family cottage at Nutimik Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
His great love of nature grew into a passion for boating, water sports, fishing and hunting, sledding and cross country skiing. He was a member of the provincial biathlon team, attending two Western Canadian Biathlon Championships and was a member of Red River Nordic race team.
Graduating from River East Collegiate in 2014, he considered becoming a wildlife officer or firefighter. To help prepare, he obtained a diploma in Outdoor Power Equipment Repair from Red River College and spent time at Winnipeg Sport and Leisure and Rond's Marine.
Aidan worked several summers at Nutimik Lodge starting at the age of 15, where learned many skills that he was able to apply to other employment. His warm welcoming smile and pleasant and helpful demeanour helped guests and customers to the store feel very welcome.
From 2016 to 2018, Aidan fought fires with the Manitoba Wildfire Program. Based in Lac du Bonnet and dropped by helicopter into remote locations, he enjoyed the exhilarating and physically demanding work, as well as the natural beauty of Manitoba's woodlands.
A music lover, he attended many concerts, played bass in high school concert band and taught himself to play guitar. Family gatherings and friends' campfires were never complete without a few songs from Aidan.
He had a soft spot for animals and would often call his parents, asking permission to bring home another rescued or disadvantaged dog.
In recent months, he travelled to Regina to see his beloved Calgary Flames in the NHL Heritage Classic and to Calgary where his hometown Blue Bombers captured their first Grey Cup in 29 years.
Megan Brook was the love of Aidan's life. They met during a school trip to France and Spain, growing closer over the next six years; high school sweethearts, excitedly building a future together.
Guided by a lifelong desire to help others, Aidan's warm personality, upbeat attitude and open-minded approach earned him countless friends and endeared him to colleagues at work. At the time of his passing, he was employed as apprentice plumber with Thor Plumbing and Heating in Winnipeg.
Aidan is predeceased by his grandparents, Art and Florence Kirby of Winnipeg and Frank and Ruby McKendry, also of Winnipeg. Left to mourn are his parents, Patrick Kirby and Tracy McKendry of Winnipeg; sister Bryn; his beloved Megan; family in Winnipeg, Brandon and Edmonton and friends throughout Manitoba.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 653 Knowles Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Manitoba Mutts or the Manitoba Wildlife Federation.
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 14, 2019
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Dear Tracy and Pat: Greg and I send our deepest condolences at this sad, sad time. Aiden was a wonderful, kind, fun-loving, athletic, community-conscious young man who contributed greatly wherever he went. His passing has left a huge hole in our world. He will be sadly missed by you, your family and his countless friends. We are sending you and Bryn our most sincere sympathies. Janet and Greg Potter - Posted by: Janet Potter (Friend and co-teaching partner) on: Dec 27, 2019
The Kirby family ...Art & Florence, were a very big part of the Town of Souris for many years and will be remembered, especially at this time. Bill Kirkup - Posted by: William & Sheila Kirkup (Friends) on: Dec 17, 2019
Dear Tracy and Patrick, We are so very saddened by this news. What an amazing young man he was and loved by so many. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Leota and Wayne Turner - Posted by: Leota and Wayne Turner (Colleague in teaching) on: Dec 16, 2019
So sorry to hear of your tragic loss! We can only imagine what you may be going through. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to you! May God grant you the strength to get through this extraordinarily difficult time. Obviously we all have to leave this world at some point and in some way. Though no amount of words can erase your pain, sadly, may it be of some comfort knowing that Aidan received the same care and compassion he gave to the world in that he did not have to endure a long suffering at his end. He is surely in good hands with his Creator in paradise and we pray that you will be together again someday. May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your hearts to inspire you. Sending you love and condolences. Please call if you need anything! - Posted by: Arlene, Rocky, Shanna (Loewen), Shaelyn, Nathan Burr (Former Harbourview residents/Fellow teachers) on: Dec 15, 2019
To you Pat and to your family we just want to send our most sincere sympathy at this very difficult time. Just from reading about him I know he has left you with an abundance of wonderful memories. Take care of yourselves. - Posted by: Doug and Brenda Blanco (Friends) on: Dec 14, 2019
My deepest sympathies are extended to you, Tracy and your family. May memories and time ease the pain that your family is going through. Friend & past co worker Jan Butler - Posted by: Jan Butler (Co worker at BHS) on: Dec 14, 2019
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