James Lawrence "Jim" Kirk

  • Born: October 31, 1957
  • Died: March 18, 2012
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center Market Street

635 E. Market St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tel. (317) 387-7000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to James "Jim" by adding your memories and photos.

James Lawrence "Jim" Kirk 54, of Indianapolis and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, passed away March 18, 2012. Jim was born on October 31, 1957 to Lawrence and Elmira Marie (Macallum) Kirk.

Jim was owner of Can-Am Specialties in Indianapolis, which specializes in cabinet making and woodworking.

Jim touched many lives with his larger than life personality. He never met a stranger and could make a community of special friends wherever he went. His unforgettable presence will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Elmira. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Laurie (Sherry) Kirk; step-children: Robert, Thomas and Kym Ferguson; siblings: Lynda Kirby, Dale (Kim) Kirk and Larry (Noreen) Kirk; his lifelong friend, Ed (Betty-Lou) Swanson; and many other family and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Jim's life has been planned in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada for Saturday March 31, at 1pm - 86 Royal Oak Dr. St. Catharines, ON., L2N 6K8.

You are invited to go to the Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story.

-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan


Condolence & Memory Journal

Please accept my deepest sympathy to the entire Kirk family. I understand and feel your pain.

Needless to say, I was shocked to learn of Jim's passing just today (4/13/12)

I had the privilage of getting to know Jim through business as we both supplied seating to Arby's.

For me, Jim was an honest, no-bull, straight shooter. I respected him for that and his perseverence to keep the business going as long as possible. Been there, done that.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this hard time in your lives.

Posted by Don Janisse - Windsor, ON Canada - Business   April 13, 2012

Our condolences to Jim`s wife Laurie and the Kirk, Kirby Families. Although we didn`t have the priviledge of knowing him very well, Lynda, Jim`s sister is a life long friend of ours. Our thoughts and prayers our with you Lynda, Jennifer and Jaimie.

Posted by Wendy Hough and Ken Petrs - Mission, B.C. - Friend   March 30, 2012

I only ever had the pleasure of meeting Jim once down at the lake at the Donatelli/ Kirk residence. Although I did not have the luxury of really getting to know him, he soon became the coolest person that I never got to know.

Jim loved the Indianapolis Colts and I share that same love. I will be forever grateful that I was able to live vicariously through him as a fan. He would text with Dale all the time and then on Sundays they would talk about the atmosphere in the city, in the stadium, he even got to meet Peyton Manning. Dale would share this with me and it would give me goosebumps like I was there experiencing it all myself. To me he always seemed to be larger than life.

I thank him for this memory. My condolences to all his family and friends and RIP Jim, you are deeply loved and will never be forgotten. - Go Colts!

Posted by Ben - Pitt Meadows, BC - Nephew-in-law   March 28, 2012


Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Holly Gallagher - Thorold - friend   March 24, 2012


I remember how you loved our girls Sheena & Stacey. You spoiled them & they remember that. Stacey told me a story of how you did Lego McDonald restaurant when she was 3 yrs old. I said how did you remember that? You made Sheena's day when you came for her wedding. I also remember when a friend of ours didn't think you were Larry's brother & you said to him wooden shoes, wooden head, wouldn't listen. (he was Dutch). Just so you know it still sticks to him. You were a great brother-in-law. We teased each other, I will always remember you called me "old bag" this was our thing. May be at peace. Love you

Posted by Noreen - Mission Bc - Sister-in-law   March 24, 2012


You are truly a great fiend and will be dearly missed. From your fist Notre Dame game to the different holidays and events we all spent together, you and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers. We love you Jim and we will never forget you even if we are silly Americans. It is an honor to know you.

Posted by Aaron Troxell & Family - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   March 23, 2012

I remember one quiet Christmas Eve many winters ago, my sister Laurie and Jim came to visit. My children were young then and still eager for Santa Claus. I had given my son Devon a hockey net without a clue as to how I was going to put it together. Jim spent the entire evening down on the floor with Devon tying the net together, piece by piece he told Devon stories about his days playing hockey in B.C. The smell of the ice, the sound of the puck as it soared onward into the net. Jim stayed on that floor wrapping that hockey net until it was done. Because of Jim Devon spent a number of years shooting on that hockey net, and playing street hockey with the neighbourhood boys and not once did that net split. In fact it is still intact.

I was busy that Christmas eve with all the work Christmas often brings but I remember looking over at Jim and Devon on the floor talking and tying and I understood in that moment one of the many reasons why my sister loved him so much. There was a soft side I didn't realize before then.

Another moment with Jim came when I was young and I was helping my sister pack their condo and prepare for their move to their new home. It was a quiet evening spent packing boxes, and sipping wine and listening to music on the down low. Then in enters Jim with all his energy and vibrant spirit and up goes the music and his laughter echoing in the room. It wasn't long and Jim and I were chatting and out came the Golden Shalauger and it was flowing freely. We had us some fun that night, joking, singing, and of course laughing.

Another family party, food and good cheer a plenty, Jim scooped up my daughter Sydney and placed her on his shoulders gently teasing her. She had a way with him.

Last time I saw Jim we were at my nephews wedding, my family and I were all sitting around the round table. Jim was next to my daughter Sydney. Jim joked and teased Sydney because she was enjoying the wedding chocolate liquer favours. Sydney teased back and it wasn't long before she was on his lap sharing a snapshot for the camera. Laughter was plenty that evening with Jim smiling wide and contaguious. We laughed the entire night and again I saw a soft side to Jim and another of the many reasons why him and my sister loved each other so much. At the end of the night Jim wrapped his arms around Laurie and I knew there was love between them. I can still see Jim's face with that great big grin of his, those sparkling green eyes and I can hear the echo of his laughter fill the room that night. We had us a time that night and I am grateful for the memory.

Posted by Michelle Sherry - Welland - Sister-in-law   March 22, 2012

I will always remember how touched and appreciative you were after receiving a pair of Grandpa Kirk's boxing gloves for your birthday. You will be greatly missed and will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. xoxo.

Posted by Aleisha - Pitt Meadows, BC - Niece   March 22, 2012

You were one of a kind Uncle and will never be forgotten in my heart. Love you and miss you.

Posted by Sheena - Coquitlam, BC - Niece   March 21, 2012

I'll love you and miss you forever Uncle Jim

Posted by Stacey - Edmonton   March 21, 2012

Dear Kirk Family,

There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled that you have chosen our family to care for your family during this time. It is our hope that we have been able, in some small way, to lighten your burden and give proper reverence to a life lived. Please let us know if we can be of further service.


Brian and Bruce Buchanan
4th Generation Owners

Posted by Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - Indianapolis, IN   March 20, 2012

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