Robert Lawrence Kirby Sr. of Dracut, MA

Robert Lawrence Kirby Sr., 80 of Dracut passed away peacefully at his home with his loving wife by his side, Thursday morning July 9, 2020.

Born in Milford he was the son of the late Charles F. and Leonie (Jarvis) Kirby.

Mr. Kirby graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1957 and enlisted in the Navy upon graduation. While in the Navy he served aboard the USS Canberra. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, Robert furthered his education at Wachusett Community College where he earned his degree in Criminal Justice.

For over 20 years he was employed by the Massachusetts State Police, where he retired with the rank of Captain and served as President of the Massachusetts State Police Commissioned Officers Association.

Mr. Kirby was predeceased by his brother Thomas Kirby and his daughter-in-law Kelly M. Kirby.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Nancy (Lee) Kirby of Dracut, son, Robert L. Kirby Jr., of Boston, daughter, Mary Lee Kirby of Dracut, MA., two grandchildren, Ryan S. Kirby and his wife Jessica of Florida, and Meaghan Grimes of Brookline, MA., a great granddaughter Aviana Kirby, two sisters, Elaine P. Kirby of New Hampshire and Anne S. Cartwright of New Hampshire, lifelong friends, John and Deirdre Anderson, as well as many nieces and nephews.

At his request all services are private and at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are by the Dolan Funeral Home, 106 Middlesex St. Chelmsford, MA 01863. Online guestbook is available at

20 Condolences for Robert Lawrence Kirby Sr. of Dracut, MA

    James McLaughlin

    Dear Nancy, I am so sorry to see Bob’s Obituary in today’s e-copy of the Lowell Sun. Bob was a great man and trusted co-worker. Bless you Nancy
    With Live
    Jim McLaughlin


    Anne & Joe Cartwright

    Dear Nancy, Rob, Mary Lee and family
    Our prayers are with you all.
    Irish Prayer
    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in
    the hollow of His hand.
    Joe and I hope you take comfort in the promise of our Lord and Savior Jesus who died for us but defeated death and rose again.
    “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts …..” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
    May God’s assurance and peace help you in this difficult time.
    Anne & Joe


    Elaine P. Kirby

    a Brother,a friend,a man of dignity, commitment, compassion and loyalty: topped off with a grand sense of humor.

    Love Elaine


    Len Crossman

    in 1980 Staff sergeant Kirby was my first “station Commander” with the Massachusetts State Police, what a man ! always a gentleman who stood behind his people, highly respected, firm but fair.
    Always to be remembered and respected.
    God Bless.


      Peter and Meredith Rickheit

      Dear Nancy and family,
      One of the greatest gifts of serving on the Massachusetts State Police are the friends you meet along the journey. I was truly blessed by having known the friendship of Bob.
      May the Lord bless you and your family with comfort and peace during this time of sorrow.


    Ira Kirby

    May the Lord hold Uncle Bob in his loving arms. May his love Grace and compassion find a way to comfort the ones he leaves behind. In our Lord Jesus name I pray, Amen



    For the last 25 years Captain has come into my store to play a little Keno every morning like clock work. I will miss our morning chats on how to save the . He always talked about Nancy having his coffee ready when he got up and was so proud of everyone in his family. Rest In Peace Captain, I will miss you


    Sarah Theriault

    Rest in the sweetest peace, Captain. Captain would come into the store I used to work and play keno. It was always such a pleasure to see him and chit chat with him. He was such a hardworking, courageous, and brave individual and always shared the most powerful advice and knowledge. I miss and love you Captain!


    Ted & Peggy Jump

    Nancy and Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our prayers are with you.
    God Bless you all


    Maria, Alice and Katie

    We are sorry to hear of Uncle Bob’s Passing. Our prayers are with you and your family. God Blessings and Peace be with you.


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