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Kenneth E. Kirik

Kenneth E. Kirik passed away peacefully on March 18, 2022 after fighting a ferocious battle with kidney cancer. Ken was born in Jamaica Queens, New York to Albert Kirik and Myrtle Babington Kirik. He leaves behind a brother, Allan R. Kirik (Judy) residing in Manhattan, NY; a sister, Linda Scholl, residing in Latham, NY; his nieces Sarah Vanhorn and Rachel Fleury and the children of his pre-deceased sister, Suzanne Garguilo, namely, Michael Garguilo, residing in Milton, Georgia and Sharon Blake, residing in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. He also leaves behind his treasured friend, Linda Segreto, his former wife, Lorraine Plauth, and an uncountable number of friends and former students. Ken graduated from University of Albany with a BS in Education and a Masters in Counseling. He was a member of the Alpha Pi Alpha fraternity. He taught for 32 years as a social studies teacher at Voorheesville Central School District. He was also a track coach at Voorheesville and coached students in track and field many of whom visited him or contacted him at the nursing facility before his passing. Ken himself was an avid runner participating in many marathons. Ken will be remembered dearly by all who knew him. There will be a Memorial Dinner in his remembrance in the near future. Those who wish, may make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Ken’s name. Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com

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I am both shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Ken Kirik's passing. Although he was my social studies teacher he was also my cross-country coach. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. I hope we meet again on that cross country course in the sky! Rest in peace Coach

Ted Popkoski Mar 29 2022 6:20 AM

Ken was my mild-mannered 8th grade social studies teacher back in the late '60's, but I remember him most with great admiration and appreciation as my cross country & track coach, mentor, and friend during those crucial early years of my life. His coaching skills were second to none as he ran most workouts with the team and would never ask us to do anything that he wouldn't do himself (including running the nightmare hills at Albany Muni Golf Course repeatedly until we could barely feel our legs!) Ken overcame Voorheesville's lack of a track by liming-out a narrow quarter mile oval around the soccer field for us to use for timed speed training after leading us on long distance warm-ups. He knew the competition and successfully trained us to be competitive and usually win against local and state-wide runners. Ken's leadership, discipline, and training prepared me well for 4 more successful years of cross country & track during college, as well as a couple of decades of leisurely running for health/fitness after that. Thank you, Ken. Rest in Peace.

Ray DeMarco Mar 22 2022 2:25 PM

Mr Kirk was one of the great teachers I remember at VHS. Rest In Peace.

Mike Haaf Mar 20 2022 6:17 PM

Mr. Kirik was a great coach and set a fantastic example with cross country by running with us on a regular basis. His inspiration and training set the tone for many of us who continued to run and race as adults. What a genuine and calming individual.

Joe Fisch Mar 20 2022 4:26 PM

I will greatly miss Coach Kirik. He helped me learn a lot about myself and running over the years he coached me (79-82), helped me get established in a strong college cross country program, and inspired my coaching of high school athletes. The work ethic and determination he modeled and inspired in me and his other runners has served me well throughout my life, and I will always be in his debt. I was lucky to be able to visit him a few weeks ago and relive some old stories about high school and the crazy college coach we shared. So sad that he is gone.

Chris Farmer Mar 20 2022 2:11 PM

I was quite saddened to learn that coach Kirik had passed away. Just days ago we sat together and chatted about my HS days of running with him & he remembered individual races! I was amazed. He was so proud of all of us and how we grew as people & loved running into us years later. He was a wonderful coach & friend - I never had him as a teacher in school, but yet he taught me so much. He was a gentleman; kind, sincere, honest, and true to his word. As I left on Tuesday, I never thought it would be the last time I'd see him. It's sad for me, but I can honestly say that we had the best visit I think we could of had. I left with a full heart. I believe he felt the same. God Speed, coach. Hit the ground running! ♥️

Theresa Balfe-Gallager Mar 19 2022 11:22 PM

It's always sad to lose such a dedicated teacher, coach and mentor to the many students that passed through Voorheesvilles halls. Rest In Peace

Stephanie Augustine Mar 19 2022 9:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Kirik

Stephanie and Raymond Augustine Mar 19 2022 9:13 PM

Ken was a wonderful next door neighbor. He was a good person with a big heart! We will always remember the beautiful cats he saved and cared for so well.
With love,
Thom, Carol, Mike and Thom

The McClenahan Family Mar 19 2022 8:13 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Kirik

Marcia Hanson Mar 19 2022 7:41 PM

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