Kirk Ian Rayfield Knickle
Kirk was hardworking from a young age. In the words of his uncle Max, “you were on the tractor with me more than you were off”. He worked on family farms and other various labour intensive jobs before starting his life as a fisherman on the sea. At the age of 15, he set aboard a scallop dragger until the life changing loss of his beloved wife, Gailyn. At the age of 31, Kirk made a 180 degree turn as he switched from oil gear to dress clothes. He traded his shucking knife for a ballpoint pen. Many were astonished by his accomplishment as a man who started a career as a financial advisor, with only a grade 8 education and three young children at home.
Kirk was a member of the Northwest Baptist Church. His strong faith in God allowed him to confront and overcome many challenges. In his life, Kirk was diagnosed with three major illnesses. In 2011, he had a stroke and a surgery to remove a large and rare endocrine paraganglioma tumour from his abdomen. In 2015, he had a heart attack and soon after in 2016, Kirk learned that his tumour had returned and metastasized. Kirk battled cancer for the remaining 6 years of his life. Yet, he did not let this prevent him from staying active in his community. He was the treasurer for Northwest Baptist Church and New Cornwall Memorial Gardens, for the past 20 years.
He will be remembered as a strong, resilient, humorous, caring, faithful, loving, generous, and a dedicated man. He brought joy to so many people.
Funeral service will be held 11:00a.m., Monday, May 30, 2022 at the Northwest United Baptist Church. Masks will be required.
There will be a private family burial at the New Cornwall Memorial Gardens, Middle New Cornwall.
Memorial donations can be made in Kirk’s memory to the Northwest United Baptist Church, New Cornwall Memorial Gardens or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Mahone Funeral Home, P.O. Box 200, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay, NS B0J 2E0 (902-624-8241). Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.mahonefuneral.ca
Please be advised, the office of Mahone Funeral Home is not able to receive memorial donation funds at this time. Please inform the Family of your memorial contribution through our website. Your memorial donation payment may then be sent directly to a requested charity or one of your choice.
Northwest United Baptist Church
c/o 688 NS Hwy 325
New Cornwall Memorial Gardens
c/o 688 NS Hwy 325
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Monday, May 30, 2022