Kirk Paul Landry, a retired Donaldsonville firefighter with 27 years of service, having served as fire chief from 1992-2004, passed away at Prevost Memorial Hospital, Donaldsonville, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009. He was 51 and a native and resident of Donaldsonville. Survived by his devoted companion, Melissa "Missy" Martinez; father, Harry Landry Jr., and brother, Brett Landry, all of Donaldsonville. Also survived by his godchild, Shane LeBlanc, of Prairieville; beloved cat, Todd Philbert; aunts, uncles and cousins. Preceded in death by his mother, Janice Rome Landry; paternal grandparents, Josie and Harry "Smitty" Landry Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Nellie and Allen Rome Sr. He was a graduate of Ascension Catholic High School and a member of the 1973 ACHS state championship football team. He attended Nicholls State University, then began his calling as a career firefighter. He attended the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md., and at one time held the most certifications offered by the LSU Fire Academy. He was the 2002-03 president of the Donaldsonville Rotary Club, ASHA board member and a director of the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce. Kirk was a talented songwriter and musician having performed locally, nationally and abroad. He was a singer and guitarist in "The Night Flyers" and Kirk the Jerk in the "Dick Nixons." He was keenly interested in the history of Donaldsonville and Ascension Parish and self-published several books and calendars featuring antique picture post cards from his collections. He was a part-time host for radio station KKAY-AM 1590 and safety director for Prevost Memorial Hospital. Kirk will always be remembered as one of the founding morons of the Shemp Festival that gained national attention through the largest pie fight in the South. This festival brought camera crews from Canada and Australia. In his retirement, he found a new passion for cooking and became a self-taught gourmet chef, winning awards at local festivals and hosting cooking demonstrations for television, radio and other civic organizations. He had a lifelong love for animals, especially those sick, injured or abandoned. His passion and love of Donaldsonville and his willingness to give freely of his time and knowledge will be sadly missed by friends, family and the entire community. Visitation at Ourso Funeral Home in Donaldsonville on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Philip Spano, celebrant. Burial in Ascension Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Paul Gilmore, Aaron Hebert, Jimmy LeBlanc, Shane LeBlanc, Chuck Montero and Konrad Theriot. Honorary pallbearers are Ray Capone, Vince Cataldo, Johnnie Cavalier, Dale Delouise, Will LeBlanc, Anthony Marcello, Eugene "Penguin" Rodrigue, Dennis Rome, Johnny Rome and Michael Rome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Donaldsonville Area Association for Retarded Citizens, P.O. Box 624, Donaldsonville, LA 70346.
Published in The Advocate from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2009.