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Saturday, January 23, 2010

James Kirr CHS - Class of 1957 - Passes

James Neil Kirr 70, of Gloucester, Va., died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, January 21, 2010, in his home.

He was born November 12, 1939, in Canonsburg, the third son of the late Michael and Anna Malek Kirr.

Mr. Kirr graduated from Canonsburg High School in 1957.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962. He went on to earn a bachelor of science, master of science and and Ph.d in geology from West Virginia University.

Mr. Kirr's professional career included teaching at the college level and the development of cutting-edge techniques on coal bed methane extraction. His later career consisted of ground water contamination cleanup work for the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Before retiring in 2005, he served as a manager for the Department of Labor in North Augusta, S.C.

During retirement, he enjoyed working for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at several jobs, including work as a docent for Shield's Tavern Ghost Walk tours.

His passion was flying and he always wished he could have been a fighter pilot. He dearly loved his son, Neil, and spent many hours playing with him as a child. As an adult, he and Neil spent many hours doing projects together. This time is among his son's most cherished memories.

Mr. Kirr loved to garden and spent most of his days happily working the land to create a beautiful and peaceful place. He loved spending every minute possible with his beautiful granddaughters, who brought him true joy, and included a recent trip to Disney World, where he rode the fastest ride in the park and truly shared the magic with them. His last five years were blessed by many outings with his son's family, who live in Reston, Va.

"I think he was too young to die. I just can't find it in my heart to put him in a coffin and bury him in the ground. I love you, Grandpa," Delaney Aine, age 9, said.

"My Grandpa was so great because he was special in a very special way. I loved him very much. He died. I was so sad that I cried all the way to Nanna's house," his granddaughter, Mikayla Skye, age 5, said.

His son, Neil, said he is thankful for all that his father taught him, and will love and miss him very much.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Kirr; a son, Neil Kirr and wife Janna Kirr; brothers David M. and Gary W. Kirr; and two precious granddaughters, Delaney Aine and Mikayla Skye.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, is an older brother, John Paul Kirr.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday in Mario L. DeAngelo Funeral Home, 194 East College Street, Canonsburg, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 25. Full military rites will be accorded by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191 of Canonsburg and American Legion Post 902 of Houston. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg, with a rifle salute, Taps and presentation of the flag of the United States of America by the Department of the Navy. An online guest book is available


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Re: A little damp in the Wine Cellar

Sorry for you. What a mess to clean up. Victorville got snow. One only wonders what today will bring since it's suppose to be the worst of the storms. Hope I can get out of here Friday morning.


A little damp in the Wine Cellar

Effect of the recent California rains where the Garbo's hang. The result of four days of rain, and the saturation of 2 to 4 inches of rain per day.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Canonsburg 1950 - The Big Snow

from the Ducky Swan collection via Jim Herron

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Note:"Ducky Swan" in the foreground of this picture

Monday, January 18, 2010

Smith Street, 1950's

Smith Street, 1950's...My Mother, Theresa DiMuzio-Calabro (center), George Coleman (left) and Bernard (Bundalee) Lapis (right).

Dana Calabro
Dana Calabro


I do remember this at the end of the street. The house next up from the one with the porch, was the Vinton’s house, I believe. I remember the Calabros. I sent it to my mother to see what she knew. We lived on Smith St. for 6 years from 1957-1962 appx.

Love seeing those pictures. If this came from Dana Calabro, I would be interested to know, if she has any more photos from that part of town, since I am trying to collect some.

Curt Terling


Sunday, January 17, 2010


"Johnny Rotella, Frank & John Trebel"

Dick, the picture was taken on the back steps of our house on Central Avenue. It's the only time in my life that I had a Mohawk haircut. If you have an email and current address for my cousin John I'd be happy to have it. Yes he did grow up in the east end. He was definitely an East End Kid.

I'll check out the questions on the Donnybrooks and get back to you. Thanks again.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Four Coins sing Shangri-La

The Four Coins sing Shangri-La

With a bit of their history included.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Donnybrooks

The Donnybrooks won a talent contest with KDKA Radio in 1958 and eventually received a recording contract with Calico Records. Their first record, "Everytime We Kiss" was a good seller and the group traveled the East Coast and performed in many night spots in the Western Pennsylvania area. The group was (left to right) John Alterio, Ken Paige, Frank Trebel, and Bob Kobert. They are shown here with Art Pallen, KDKA DJ. The south side natives were organized first by Lou Popiolkowski at the Third Ward School for an eighth grade graduation ceremony.Subject: Canonsburg Friends

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Awesome Website

Dear Dick and Class of 59 Classmates,

Sorry it has taken me so long to thank everyone that has worked so hard to keep our class together even if a lot of us are many miles from each other..Miss Neish from Peanut Heaven would be so proud of all of you..I can still see her in front of our Typing and Bookkeeping class like it was yesterday...Where did the years go..

The story about Canonsburg and going to the movies is one I hear from Jerry a good bit.. He talks about when he and his brother went to the movies for 12 cents and his mother would give them an extra nickle to spend on a big old Baby Ruth candy bar..

Happy New Year to Everyone
Gwen & Jerry Yerkey

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Sammy, Frank, Dean and Johnny

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