John Richard Kirk, 77, of Middleburg, died Dec. 21. He worked in the Loudoun County Circuit Court Clerk’s office for 40 years, retiring in 1999 as Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Born on May 22, 1940, in Upperville, Kirk was a lifelong resident of Middleburg and a graduate of Loudoun County High School. He 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. Following the retirement of Fred Howard, the Circuit Court judges appointed him to serve as court clerk until an election was held. He ran unopposed and served one eight-year term before retiring.
As the court clerk, Kirk began the modernization of the office. Current Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens recalls that during Kirk’s term, the office stopped issuing handwritten receipts for filing fees, recordation taxes and other clerk’s office fees and induced the use of computer terminals. The clerk’s office also started using the Supreme Court’s case management system for the indexing of court pleadings and files, scheduling and other case management processes and stopped book and paper cataloging of case information and case history.
Upon his retirement, Richard remained active as a civil celebrant, 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.
He married Betty George Kirk in 1968 and they raised two sons, John Richard Jr. and Justin. He 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.
A memorial service will be held on Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at the Middleburg United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Middleburg United Methodist Church Steeple Fund or the Middleburg Community Center.