Tributes paid to community giant Charles Kirk

Charlie Kirk obituary
Charlie Kirk obituary

Glowing tributes have been paid to Charles Kirk – a man who loyally served his community.

The 84-year-old served the villages of Heath, Kirkthorpe and Warmfield, where he lived, for more than 50 years.

Mr Kirk passed away peacefully on November 23, after six decades of service to many aspects of public life.

He was clerk to the parish council for more than 20 years as well as chairman of Heath Residents’ Association.

Chairman of Warmfield cum Heath Parish Council Joe Fisher said: “The community is a better place thanks to the efforts over many years of Charlie Kirk. He will be sorely missed.”

Recently Mr Kirk retired from his role as churchwarden at St Peter’s Church in Kirkthorpe where he had also served as treasurer for 30 years.

But it will be for his role as clerk and later trustee of the Freeston and Sagar Almshouse charity that he will be most remembered. He served the 400-year-old charity for 56 years.

Fellow trustee and Super League referee Ben Thaler said: “Charlie has been a great inspiration to everyone who knew him, he never had a bad word for anyone and undertook many voluntary positions over many years for the sole benefit of others with no reward to himself, for that he shall never been forgotten in the area where he lived.”

Mr Kirk is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Kathleen, and three children.

His funeral is at St Peter’s Church, Kirkthorpe, on Tuesday at 1pm.