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Thomas J. KIRK

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“Tom, I hope you enjoyed that SiFi collection that you got from me.. I miss the good times. Have a great trip Tom. Good Luck ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Cristina Harrison - Fort Worth, TX

“Tom was a wonderful friend, technical/mechanical wiz and all around helper. You could always count on him for support. He helped with the mailing...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Allen & Sall Katz - West Windsor, NJ

“Tom has been a Very Dear Friend of mine for 35 years. During that time he helped me out of many jams both technical and personal. Tom and I have been...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Doug Moser - Cranbury, NJ

“I will miss Tom greatly. His technical knowledge was extensive and he was always willing to share it with anyone. Tom handled tech service for us at...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Carl Galletti - Sedona, AZ

“We have been good friends with Tom for 35 years and will miss him. Lennie & Sol Libes ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Lennie & Sol Libes - Princeton, NJ

“I had the privilege of knowing Tom for 35 years. When you came to Tom with a problem, he had an almost magical talent to reason out what was wrong....Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Roger W. Amidon - Hopewell, NJ

“We were sorry to hear of the tragic lose of your brother Tom. Please accept our sincere sympathy. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Bob and Mary Kirk - New Canaan, CT

“Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your brother Tom. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Donald and Beverly Kirk - Houlton, ME

“With deepest sympathy for your loss. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Phil and Carole McCarthy and Family - ME

“With our sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers, ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Carl and Marilyn Dodge - Freeport, ME

“Tom had his ups and downs, but he was always there for his friends and family with help or advice. His love of the sea, amateur radio, trains, and...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Andrew Kirk - Media, PA


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Thomas J. Kirk, born in Portland, ME was the son of the late Thomas L. Kirk and Rhetta G. Kirk of Pickens, SC. Mr. Kirk is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and Bruce Prager of Piscataway, NJ, brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Theresa Kirk of Media, PA, a niece and her husband, Deb and James Holland of Grand Rapids, MI, and a nephew, Graham T. Kirk of Ithaca, NY. He graduated from Massapequa High School in New York, and entered the Navy, eventually serving on the converted Guided Missile Cruiser, USS Albany, CG10 as a fire control technician. Tom served a 6-year tour of duty; a tour extended by the Defense Department due to global events occurring the 1960's. Once home, Tom attended Rutgers, The State University, and then went to work for NJ Bell as a technician in the New Brunswick central office. Tom had a unique and varied career. Building on his lifelong interest in electronics and computers, he worked for a series of companies, helping design circuit boards and working on the development of many of the early computing machines that later became the PC's we know today. He also worked on the development of the first computerized video editing system for TV, a system that became instrumental in the production of many well-known shows of the time such as the Lou Grant Show. In the early 2000's, Tom worked for The College of New Jersey, helping design, maintain and install their computer networks. This experience carried over into Tom's final job with Linearizer Technologies in Hamilton where he was initially involved with their internal networks, eventually becoming a Purchasing Agent while providing support as needed for their internal technology. He also assisted his sister and brother-in-law, with computer and electronics consultation on new product business development. Tom's hobbies included amateur radio and sailing. With the amateur call - KA2VAD, Tom was a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). Tom made many friends through his radio and PC hobbies, helping them install equipment and participating in joint radio contests. During one such contest, Tom showed his ingenuity by combining his passion for sailing with his love of radio by setting up his radio on a small sail boat off the NJ shore, helping to boost their contest scores. He also participated in Moon Bounce activities where he helped his friends contact other radio operators around the world by bouncing their radio signals off the moon. A Memorial gathering, including a military honors presentation, will be held at the Piscataway Funeral Home on Saturday, November 13, 2010 between 1:00 and 4:00 PM. Interment of ashes in the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery will be at a later date. The family will appreciate flowers or donations to a charity of your choice in Mr. Kirk's name. Donations may also be made to the ARRL at the ARRL Memorial Gifts Web page - http://www.arrl.org/development/memorial.html or by mail to : ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington CT 06111-1494.

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