John Kirby Giroir Sr.

September 25, 1925June 2, 2021

John “Kirby” Giroir Sr. passed away on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at the age of 95. He was a native of Reserve, LA and a longtime resident of Norco, LA.

He was the beloved husband of the late Grace Digirolamo Giroir. He is survived by his children, Vickie Reneau (Kenneth), John Giroir Jr. (Tiphanie), Lisa Russo (Darby) and Mark Giroir; grandchildren, Erin Knobloch, Victoria Reneau, Kristin Tabb (Michael), Candace Ariza (Frank), Kassy Giroir, David Gunn, Ryan Hemstad (Amy), Laine Hemstad (Lauren), Nicholas Hemstad (Elise), and Jade Hemstad; and great-grandchildren, Evan Knobloch, Sullivan Tabb, Leo Ariza, Ryan Black, Ford Black, J.D. Hopson, Easton Hopson, Kiley Adkins, Jensen Hemstad, Nicholas Hemstad Jr., and Creed Hemstad. He is also survived by in-laws, Santa Trosclair, Myrt Digirolamo, Salvador Digirolamo (Deannie), Betty Mire, and Rose Songy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alcee and Ida Vicknair Giroir; sisters, Elsie Darensburg (Richard), Alice Mae Hymel (Norman), Myrtle Torres (E.J.); and in-laws, Joseph and Josephine Ciravolo Digirolamo, Marie and Harold Robert, Nicholas Digirolamo, and Paul Mire.

Kirby was very proud of his time serving his country in the United States Navy as a 3rd CL signalman on the USS Ulvert M. Moore in the Pacific theater during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Post 195 in Norco. He retired from Shell Oil Company in Norco after 35 years. Kirby loved spending time with his family and fishing in Grand Isle for many years. He loved to socialize and never met a stranger.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 401 Spruce St., Norco, LA. Visitation will be held from 10AM-11AM with a Mass to begin at 11AM. Interment will be held at a later date.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Wednesday, June 9, 2021


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Richard Songy

June 10, 2021

We’re sending our prayers and love to your family.
Richard and Gena Songy

Beverly Burleigh

June 4, 2021

I had the opportunity to care for Mr. Kirby for over a year in 2019. Kirby was a fine cajun man who cared for everyone. I always enjoyed his stories of his job at Shell & when he served our country. Will forever remember his banana bread pudding.
Kirby believed in God, loved his church & family. Many days he talked of going to meet Grace, his spouse of many years that had passed ahead of him. I know he is in a better place because God & Grace was waiting on him and he had been ready to go.

I will always remember Kirby as I think of him often. Last time I visited him was about 10 weeks ago, he was his old self, just a little nervous, but always sweet and happy to see you!
God Bless you Kirby, till we meet again.
Beverly Burleigh