March 3, 2019
Edward J. Kirkland, 91, of Watertown passed away Sunday morning, March 3, 2019, at Samaritan Medical Center.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Church on Thursday, March 7, at 11 am with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in the spring in Brookside Cemetery. There will be no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.
Ed was born in Watertown on September 4, 1927, son of Everal and Sarah Kelly Kirkland and he attended Watertown schools. He was proud of being an Army veteran.
On August 29, 1953 he married Marion E. Barrisford at St. Patrick's Church with Rev. William Coffey officiating.
Edward retired from the Watertown Sewage Treatment Plant in 1988. He was a member of Elks Lodge 496 and American Legion Post 61. He enjoyed wood crafting and yard work.
Along with his wife, Marion, he is survived by his two sisters, Ann Jespersen, IA and Margaret McGarry and husband, William, Watertown and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. His two brothers, Everett and William Kirkland, died before him.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to either the Northern NY Community Foundation, 131 Washington St., or Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Ed's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.