John Richard Kirk of Middleburg, Virginia passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on December 21, 2017. Born on May 22, 1940, in Upperville, Virginia, he was a lifelong resident of Middleburg and a dedicated and beloved member of the town’s community.

Richard started his career in the Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk’s office in 1959 as a file clerk, becoming a deputy clerk and chief deputy clerk before becoming elected as Clerk of the Circuit Court in 1991. He served as Clerk for eight years before retiring in 1999. He also served in the Army National Guard for eight years in the 1960s.

Upon his retirement, Richard remained active as a civil celebrant and also as a real estate agent and substitute teacher in the Loudoun County schools. In 2009, he was named the Loudoun County Elementary School Substitute of the Year. Richard married Betty George Kirk in 1968 and they raised two sons, John Richard Jr. and Justin.

Richard was a member of the Middleburg United Methodist Church, served on the Board of Directors of the Middleburg Community Center, participated as a docent at the Middleburg Pink Box Visitor’s Center and was a member of the Middleburg Museum Committee. Richard was known for his kind heart, congenial personality, and willingness to help in the community.

One of his passions was gardening, and he spent the summers working in his vegetable garden and tending the 80 rose bushes in his yard. He also loved spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; two sons John Richard Jr., of Ruther Glen, Va., and Justin, of Arlington, Va.; daughters-in-law Molly Kirk and Carly Kirk; grandchildren Toby, Charlotte, and Jameson; and brothers Joseph, of Henrico, Va., and Jack, of Millbrook, N.Y.

A memorial service was held Dec. 28 at 11:00 a.m. at the Middleburg United Methodist Church. Donations in his memory may be made to either the Middleburg United Methodist Church Steeple Fund, 15 W. Washington St., Middleburg VA 20117, or the Middleburg Community Center, P.O. Box 265, Middleburg VA 20118.

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