Doane Beal & Ames

260 Main Street, West Harwich, MA


Edward J. Kirker

November 12, 1927July 10, 2020

Edward J. Kirker, 92, of Harwich, MA passed away on July 10, 2020 at Liberty Commons. Born in Boston, MA to the late Harry and Mary (McGinnis) Kirker. He served in the Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Basketball and Referee's Association ( IAABO) Board #27. He was also a member of the Chatham VFW Post 8607. He was a longtime volunteer at Cape Cod Technical High School. He is survived by his wife, Margaret ( Parent ) Kirker. He is also survived by his son Edward Jr and wife Patricia, his daughter Diane and husband John and son Kenneth as well as 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Burial will be on Thursday July 16, 2020 at 2 pm at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. For online condolences, please visit www.doanebealamesharwich.com .


  • Mary (McGinnis) Kirker, Mother (deceased)
  • Harry Kirker, Father (deceased)
  • Margaret ( Parent ) Kirker, Wife
  • Edward Jr (wife Patricia), Son
  • Diane (husband John), Daughter
  • Kenneth, Son
  • Edward also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

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  • Burial

    Thursday, July 16, 2020


Edward J. Kirker

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Carl Zopatti

July 18, 2020

Dear Mary and family,
So Sorry to hear about the passing of Eddie. I enjoyed working with him on the basketball court and later on when he worked on the scorers table. He will be missed.
Love and prayers,
Carl F. Zopatti

Michael Hammond

July 17, 2020

Ed, Diane and Kenneth, sorry to here about your dads passing.
I remember him doing my high schools games at Mission. I learn a lot watching him officiate and this helped me when I became an official. My prayers and thoughts are with you and you mother.

Mike Hammond

Eric Moberg

July 15, 2020

I always enjoyed seeing and talking with Mr. Kirker about his service to our country and sports. I will miss you.

Eric Moberg

Wilbur Barry

July 15, 2020

Over many years and many games it was always a pleasure to look forward when your partner was a ED Kirker. Ed was a professional in everything he worked at. Ed may you join all those BB officials who are waiting for you up above.

Bill & Mary Barry

Joe Mingle

July 15, 2020

I remember the first time I shaw Ed officiate. It was at the Catholic Tourn. at Lawrence Central Catholic. I was just getting into officiating and I said to myself that is how I want to referee. I hope in my career that I incorperated Ed's feel and love for the game. Ed and you too Ed Jr were always very nice. I know that the students and faculty at Cape Cod Tech will miss Ed. I only wish he could have see the finished new school.
Kathleen and I send our heart felt condolences to your family.

Fran Connolly

July 15, 2020

Dear Ed and family,my sincerest sympathy for you loss. Your father was a stand up guy who made a great impression on me while I was a HS coach and a more meaningful impact as a positive example as I moved into basketball officiating. May he rest in piece. Fran Connolly

Donald Larsen

July 15, 2020

Ed,keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.Your dad was certainly one of the good ones. He blew the whistle as well as anybody. It’s been many years since Boston State. Take care of yourself. God bless.

Paul Frederickson

July 14, 2020

I just retired from Cape Cod Tech on June 30th, where I was a custodian for 25 years.
I will always remember Eddie with his smiling face and friendly greetings to me!
He loved the kids in the school, and the after school sports programs were very special to him!
He always marched as an Honor Guard in the Graduation processions!
He was very brave to have fought in battle, in the Pacific during World War 2!
He will be missed and always remembered!
God bless, and comfort his family at this time!
Sincerely, Paul Frederickson

Betsy McGoldrick

July 14, 2020

Mr. Kirker was an outstanding member of the Cape Cod Tech community. I will miss his smile, positive attitude, sense of humor and stories of his family and granddaughters' basketball and academic accomplishments. Mr. Kirker served as a daily example to students, faculty and staff of the importance of service, kindness, friendship and empathy. Eddie would greet us in the Main Office with his cheerful "It's the Sunshine Girls!" His spirit will be remembered by all whose lives he touched. Sincere condolences to his family.
Betsy McGoldrick

Brian Leger

July 14, 2020

Eddie worked with me in the Autotech dept at CCT, we were good friends, he helped me and I helped him,shared many stories and laughs, vented to each other many times, there was nothing that man wouldn't do for you, looking for something particular he would search the building and sure enough return with whatever you needed, we shared our fears and daily frustration, he will be missed more than I can say, R.I.P. my friend, we will meet again.


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