Happy 80th Birthday, Dad!

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Who is this beautiful child with the golden ringlets and winning smile? It is my Dad. The photo must be 77 years old. Today is Dad's 80th birthday.

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Daniel Bernard Kirby was born at home, 148 Grafton Street in Fair Haven, Connecticut on December 30, 1926. His father was Daniel J. Kirby and his mother Margaret Mary Kirby, née Gilbride. Dr. E. T. Falsey delivered the baby boy, the first of six. Little Danny was baptized in Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Fair Haven and attended Saint Francis School.

As a teenager he fell head–over–heels in love with the sweetest girl in the world, Emma Rose Barbato, my wonderful Mom. It was love at first sight. An Irish boy smitten by an Italian girl! Dad served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He married Emma Rose in Saint Francis Church on October 9, 1948. Together they had five children, all of whom were baptized in the same Saint Francis Church. Dad retired as a Battalion Chief from the New Haven Fire Department in 1986.

Dad is up early every morning and out the door to Mass, either in Saint Joseph's Church or in his parish church, Saint Mary's on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven. At 80 he remains very active and is always ready to lend a hand, to run an errand, to visit the sick, and to do whatever needs to be done. Mom takes good care of him and he takes good care of her. A couple more devoted to each other you will not find!

Family and friends are gathering this afternoon at my sister Donna's home in Woodbridge, Connecticut. If you cannot be there, please leave a Happy Birthday message for Dad here. And offer a prayer for him.

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I will offer First Vespers of the Feast of the Holy Family today for blessings on Dad's 80th birthday. Happy Birthday.

Happy Birthday Dan!
Hope you have a great time today being showered with deserving love and affection from your family and friends.
Very best wishes,
Nadine Casey

Happy Birthday to your precious father! He was a beautiful child who became a beautiful man!

Happy Birthday, Dad Kirby!

May you be blessed with many years of fun, family and good health. We pray that your birthday is filled with all good things.

Ed and I will keep you in prayer this week.

Love,
Barbara and Ed
Canton MA

Dear Mr. Kirby:

My greeting for your Birthday is belated but my thoughts and prayers are with you as you begin this New Year! May the Sacred Heart of Jesus reward you with good health and peace. Sr. Barbara

Dear Dan,
Greetings from Hamilton in New Zealand. Congratulations on your 80th. May the example that you have given your son be a special blessing to you in time of need. Enjoy your special day and know that others have prayed for you and will continue to do so.

Dear Mr. Kirby, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! May the Lord bless you with good health and whatever graces you most need during this New Year...and give you the strength to continue to be an example for the rest of us of what an authentic follow of Christ should be. It is an honor just to know such wonderful people as you and Mrs. Kirby!

With our poor prayers for you,

Fr. Gregory & Fr. Deacon Miguel, who ask for your holy prayers!

Good Evening Dad Kirby,

May the New Year of 2007 and your new year hold all measure of quiet pleasure, abiding peace and the love of those who surround you.

Thank you for all your generosity and kindness.

Bless!

Kate

Dan: It is obvious your unblemished dintinguished fire service career was just part of your unblemished eighty year of life and fifty plus years of marriage. The Vultus Christi web-site is something we just discovered. The entries by your son, Father Mark, are most interesting.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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