Erma "Bobbe" Kirkby

July 19, 1930October 1, 2020
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A Mass of the Christian Burial for “Bobbe” Kirkby of Prescott (New Wexford), Ontario will be celebrated at St Mark’s Roman Catholic Church, Prescott, Ontario on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:00 am. Interment to occur at a later date at St. Mark’s Cemetery. Bobbe passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Brockville General Hospital, Garden Street site, at the age 90 years.

Bobbe was born on July 19, 1930 in Cardinal, Ontario. Predeceased by beloved husband Charles “Chick” Kirkby, whom she married on July 22, 1950. Daughter of the late Oscar and Dora “Mildred” (Robertson) Poaps of Cardinal. Cherished Mother of Mark (Laurie) and Dean (friend Pam), all of Prescott. Predeceased by 3 angels who died at birth, Bonnie, Kelly and Joel. Treasured Grandmother (Nannie) of Ryan (Melanie), Justin (Sandy Graham Kirkby) and Josh (Lesley Hubbard), Nicole Layng (Dereck) and Jennifer (Chris Willis). Much adored Great- Grandmother of Tyson, Kennedy, Owen, Mallory, Ethan, Lucas, Camden, Braedyn and Devin Kirkby; Cyara Layng, Spencer & Abbigail Kirkby and many nieces and nephews. Survived by brother-in-law Leo Boivin (friend Susan), Brother-in-law Hall Kirkby (Nora). Predeceased by sister Lorraine Armstrong (Donald), Ogdensburg, NY, brothers-in-law Lorne (Bev), and Ken (Jean), of Syracuse, NY, Arthur (Patricia), Donald, Bernard (Nancy), Carl (Madge) and sisters-in-laws Jean Stethem (John), Marg (Jim) Perry, and Patsy Boivin, all of Prescott.

Bobbe’s passion was her love for family and friends. She treasured her precious bond and being best friend with daughter-in-law Laurie. Her many great grandchildren especially gave her much happiness. She enjoyed playing cards, darts, bingo and being part of “The Mystics” with their many performances at The Legion. Bobbe loved her home in New Wexford, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, especially seeing the first boat in the spring. She loved to laugh, to be the life of the party, lived life on her own terms and remained fiercely independent throughout life. She was a lifetime member of St. Mark’s Church, 60 year member Catholic Women’s League, long time member of The Royal Canadian Legion and Ladies Auxilliary.

The family extends special thanks to those services and people who made it possible for Bobbe to remain in her own home. She celebrated her 90th birthday with a “drive-by” event at her residence; COVID 19 restrictions made this necessary, where family and friends were able to show their great love and admiration for her.


  • Ryan Kirkby - Grandson
  • Justin Kirkby - Grandson
  • Josh Kirkby - Grandson
  • Paul Stethem - Nephew
  • Mallory Kirkby - Great Granddaughter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Ethan Kirkby - Great Grandson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Owen Kirkby - Great Grandson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Lucas Kirkby - Great Grandson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Camden Kirkby - Great Grandson, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Braedyn Kirkby - Great Granddaughter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Abbigail Kirkby - Great Granddaughter, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Tyson Kirkby - Great Grandson, Honorary Pallbearer via Prayer
  • Kennedy Kirkby - Great Granddaughter, Honorary Pallbearer via Prayer


  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, October 9, 2020


Erma "Bobbe" Kirkby

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Linda and Royal Kirkby

October 9, 2020

Thank you for sharing your love, laughter and life with our family. Your arms were always open as well as your home. We are so blessed to have the many memories , wonderful moments and stories that you shared with us. You were loved by many and will be greatly missed. Love to Chick! Love Linda and Royal

Linda Vaill

October 9, 2020

Bobbe was truly an inspiration to all that knew her with her love for life and Love for her family. She was the belle of the ball !! We will always love you Bobbe.
Linda, Milton and family

Debbie Ross

October 9, 2020

Deepest condolences at this sad time. Thinking of you all.
Debbie Ross & Dave Windsor

Brenda Merritt

October 8, 2020

Dear Mark, Laurie, Dean and families,
Just know we are thinking of you all and wish we could be there during this difficult time.
I will always remember Aunt Bobbe as the Aunt with so much spice for life. Loved visiting her as she would share all her and moms childhood memories.
We will miss her emmensly.
RIP Aunt Bobbe and fly high...
Love 💘 Kisses,

Fred Visser

October 8, 2020

There are many, but one i just thought of.
We were all sitting on a raft at mark an laurie's place on the river an it was pouring rain an Bobbie said we better get on out of the rain, here we were all wet anyway,but anyway you'd have had to be there, but there so many. RIP Bobbie, you will be missed.❤

Larry and Sue Worden

October 8, 2020

Bobbe was such a wonderful women, wife, mother, grandmother and friend. We loved her as much as our own family. ❤️ The fun and memories we had with her and Chick will live in our hearts forever. Love and hugs to all her family. ❤️

❤️ Love from Larry, Sue and family ❤️

Kennedy Kirkby

October 7, 2020

I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity for you to play such a huge role in my life. You helped shape me into the young woman I am today. Thanks for always giving me tons of reasons to smile and laugh! I promise to always remember I was your girl first. Love you so much, have the cards ready for when we meet again - Kennedy❤️

Justin Kirkby

October 7, 2020

So many great memories over the years from my childhood, teen years to adult life.
You were truly unique & one of a kind lady!
The memories & stories will live on forever.
Love you always Nan,

Judith Seymour

October 7, 2020

Dear Mark, Laurie, Dean and family.
We send our support, prayers and love to you.
Aunt Bobbe loved and cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and spoke so fondly of you all when we visited.
She certainly embraced life to the fullest. I have so many wonderful memories of Aunt Bobbe and her loving, feisty personality.
Our hearts ache that we cannot be there with you for Aunt Bobbe, but we will get together as soon as we can.
Love, Judy

Tyson Kirkby

October 6, 2020

Nan, I loved you so much and you raised me to be the man I am today ❤️ I’ll never forget the memories we shared, say hi to poppa for me❤️


Bobbe in 1935, age 5 years old


The Kirkby Family celebrating Nan's 90th Birthday


Mark, Laurie, Dean and Mom at her 90th Birthday


Bobbe July 19,2010 80th Birthday Party


Bobbe July 19, 2020 90th Birthday Party


Elegant Couple at the Centennial Ball in Prescott


Bobbe and sister Lorraine