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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.

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Published in The Advocate from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2009.
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August 16, 2009
Missy, Brett Michael & Harry,
The world is a better place because of Kirk. Don't ever forget how many lives he touched in a positive way. His wit & wisdom live on in the song lyrics he left as his legacy. I will miss him always, my brother in spirit. May God bless his soul.

Belinda Falcon
August 15, 2009
Brett & Family;
It has been quite a few years since I have seen you guys. I actually seemed to run into Kirk from time to time he had never changed always cheerful with something funny to say. In your time of grief may you always remember the good times there were over all the years. I will never forget Kirk he was a big part of our lives for so long. My Deepest Condolences to you all!
Kellie Mury-Bourgeois
August 14, 2009
Brett, Mr. Harry and Missy,
Please accept our deepest sympathy. You are in our prayers. May the wonderful memories you have of Kirk help to heal the sadness in your hearts.
Ed and Karen LeBlanc
August 14, 2009
Kirk's kindness to and confidence in me made a difference in my life. I will miss him.
Rusty Frioux
August 14, 2009
Please accept our deepest condolences.
Donaldsonville has lost a special citizen and we treasure his memory and friendship. Kirk was a unique man with many friends.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Jimmy and Sue Strubb
August 14, 2009
Missy and family,
So sorry to hear about Kirk. He has left nothing but good memories behind. I think he put a smile on every face he ran across. God bless you, Kirk will never be forgotten.
Alicia Sternfels
August 14, 2009
In loving memory of Kirk. I will miss you always.
Boco LaTour
August 14, 2009
Brett,Missy,Mr Harry,Shane,and all of Kirk's many friends,

Kirk was such a caring, smart & talented person. He will be missed by SO many for he touched so many lives. A few things that he did for us was to play at our wedding,taught us some chemistry in a playful way to help us grasp it, taught us our history of D'ville, and he would come in my classroom and really loved and helped the children understand fire saftey. They too will miss Chief Kirk Please know our thoughts & prayers will be with you all and that we will honor, love and respect Kirk always!
Nanci & Dennis Rome
August 14, 2009
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Natalie Bourg Adams
August 14, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Nick Porto
August 14, 2009
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
The Staff of Ourso Funeral Home
August 13, 2009
One of our outstanding citizens is gone from this earth....but not our hearts. I will never forget how much Kirk helped in my grief when Roy died. Sometimes just sitting there letting me know he cared. I will miss his wit and deep concern for his community. I feel blessed to have known him. My deepest sympathy to Missy, Brett, and Mr. Landry.
Becky Katz
August 13, 2009
When we get to the end of the road, what will they say what will they do... Kirk P. Landry... well I'll tell you what I say, I love you like a brother and I will miss you more than you know and this is what I'll do, listen to your music for the rest of my life so I can hear your voice and be proud of having the privilege to play along with you to your beautiful music. Missy,Brett and Harry may God keep you strong through this trying time.
Chuck Ourso
August 13, 2009
Missy, I will never forget the times I had with Kirk. He was a great person, friend, singer, comedian and believer in others. He helped anyone in need and was a true leader in the Fire Service. Kirk was the best boss I ever had and I always looked forward to the "adventures" we had at the Fire Department and with the infamous "Dick Nixons." I am privileged to have worked with Kirk. We are praying for you at this difficult time.
Chris + Monica Lacombe
August 13, 2009
Kirk was a great friend and one of the "good guys"! It was an honor knowing him and I appreciate the tremendous contributions he made to the fire service.
Eddie Pyle
August 13, 2009
Missy, Brett and Mr. Harry,
No words can express how much a part of your life Kirk was, and will always be. He will be held in your hearts forever. Kirk was a jewel among us, always giving us a shining example of kindness, caring, loving, and fun.
Kimberly Montero
August 13, 2009
Kirk will surely be missed by all. He was a wonderful person. We will miss him dearly here at Prevost Memorial Hospital.

Elisa Medine Foret
Elisa Foret
August 13, 2009
Mr. Landry, Brett and Missy,

May Our Lord be with you during this most difficult time.
sheila caruso person
August 13, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. I've only met you and Kirk once and that was at Grand Isle, I was with Randy & Linda I did enjoy ya'll company very much.I am very sad to hear of Kirk's passing. May God Bless you and all of Kirk's family.
Wanda Himel
August 13, 2009
Missy, Mr. Harry and Brett,
My prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I will miss Kirk as a friend and co-worker more than I can say. He brought a smile to everyone he met. He was a very special person.
Janell LaTour
August 13, 2009

Please know that I am thinking of you in your time of loss and keeping you in my prayers. Hold on to God's loving hands and know that He will see you through.

Bernadette Joseph Smith
August 13, 2009
Rest in peace dear Kirk. You were one of the best friends anyone could ask for. We played a lot of music together and had a lot of fun times over the 35 years we were friends. I will always think about you because the memories were so good and so hilarious. Thanks for changing my direction in music helped me appreciate REAL music. Folk rock & punk rock will always be my favorite because of you. I wish to also offer my deepest sympathy to Missy, Harry, Brett and Todd Philbert. Call if you ever need anything and I will do whatever I can. I love you all.

Reno Ray
Ray Capone
August 13, 2009
My deepest condolences to Kirk's family and friends. I have such special memories of all of our high school days.

Robin Schexnayder Rusk
Katy, TX
August 13, 2009
Please accept my condolences and prayers at this difficult time. Julie Tregre Gohring, Atlanta GA/ACHS class of 72
Julie Gohring
August 13, 2009
Kirk will be dearly missed by all in the Fire Service who benefitted from his willingness to share his knowledge and leadership. We have lost a passionate historian of our community and friend to music fans. Farewell and thanks, Kirk. Comfort to your loved ones.
Jim & Jeannie Wilks
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