James Francis Kirby

August 11, 1945December 3, 2018

James Francis and Maryanne Theresa Kirby, of Norwich and formally of Clinton, passed away on December 3rd and December 1st respectively.

Maryanne was born on May 16, 1949, and was raised in Bridgeport, the daughter of John and Marie (Scalzi) Matthews. James was born on August 11, 1945, and was raised in Stratford, the son of James and Susan (Kelly)Kirby.

Jim was an avid sailor and musician. Maryanne worked for Unilever in Clinton for over 30 years and enjoyed caring for her grandchildren.

They are survived by their children, Michael Kirby and his wife Kate of Westport, Karen Argarin and her husband Lou, of East Lyme and James Kirby and his wife Melissa of Darien; grandchildren Jason, Evan and Kyle Kirby and Nicholas and John Argarin. Maryanne is survived by her sister Sandra Miller and her husband Ed of Fairfield and nieces Jonna, Noelle and Gina and nephew Sean. Jim is survived by his brother Robert Kirby of Sydney, Australiaand Nephew Liam. They were predeceased by their grandson Alexander Argarin.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 7th from 8:30am-10:15am at Swan Funeral Home, 80 E. Main St., Clinton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 7th at 11am in St. Mary Churchof the Visitation, Grove St., Clinton. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or to the ALS Association.


  • Calling Hours Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, December 7, 2018

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Susan Fennell

December 7, 2018

I’m so saddened to hear of their passing. Mr K was my 7th grade teacher at St James school and they lived around the corner from me in Stratford. I babysat for Robbie and Karen. Wonderful couple. May they Rest In Peace. My deepest sympathy to the family.

Victor & Grace & Aunt Marge Vizvary

December 5, 2018

To the family of MAryanne and Jim . Maryanne is Vic,s cousin we last saw her at the anniversary of Uncle Joe and Aunt Bridgett Matthews. Vic has

found memories of Maryanne playing cards as kids. We are sorry we cannot attend the memorial this friday however we live in New HAmpshire and care for his Mom Aunt MArge and cannot travel that easy with her. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. It is extremely hard to lose both so close together. Vic and Grace

James Norrie

December 5, 2018

Jim, Karen and Mike, I am so sorry for the loss of both of your parents. I remember how kind and welcoming they always were, and will always keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathy Ramos- Stevenosn

December 4, 2018

MaryAnn and Jim was good to me and my daughter Linda Nicole. I will always remember Mary Ann always standing in front of her door to say hello to me and talk about the day events in the neighborhood and what was currently happening in the world; as Jim goes on his daily walks around the DMV. They will be greatly missed and I cannot thank God enough for knowing such caring and respectful neighbors that was their to encourage me during my time of need.

Pattie Tarr

December 4, 2018

Oh my these 2 people I very sorry for your lost ..