Kirk T. Foley

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Kirk T. Foley

December 10, 1941 - August 03, 2018

Haverhill - Kirk Thomas Foley, 76, of Haverhill, Mass., passed away peacefully on August 3, 2018, at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass., as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout his illness, and in spite of the challenges it presented, he maintained the good nature that was true to the person he was throughout his life. A humble man of many talents, Kirk was gifted in intellect with a sparkling wit and a generous heart, who enjoyed nothing more than explaining how just about anything works. His favorite pastime was a game of golf with his wife, Rose Marie, and he taught many family members and friends the importance of the right stance and a good grip.
Born in New Britain, Conn., Kirk grew up in Simsbury, Conn. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Trinity College. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during the Johnson Administration, responsible for establishing communications lines when the president traveled from the White House. His professional career was devoted to the insurance industry, beginning with the Hartford Group. After his tenure at the Hartford, he became a Vice President at Fred S. James. He retired from Consolidated Insurance Group in 2006. He was a dedicated volunteer for many years at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, Mass., and traveled to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to volunteer with the Red Cross.
The family would like to acknowledge the amazing day care senior class in Hampstead, N.H., as well the wonderful rehab care the nurses at the Prescott House in North Andover. A special thank you to the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Hospital for their impeccable attention paid to Kirk.
Kirk leaves his loving and supportive wife of 28 years, Rose Marie, whose devotion saw no bounds in keeping her beloved husband active and involved socially and a part of all family activities. He is survived by his sisters, Sharon Mulligan of Manchester, Conn., and Althea Masterson of Gorham, Maine; a daughter, Jennifer Picone (Vincent) of Melrose, Mass.; a son, Mark Foley (Maureen) of Cedar Park, Texas; his stepchildren, Cindy Parolisi of East Hampstead, N.H., and Joe Parolisi (Lori) of Salisbury, Mass.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

A service in celebration of Kirk’s life will take place on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. at West Church, 767 Broadway, Haverhill, MA 01832, followed by burial at Bellevue Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Kirk’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at, or join a Walk to End Alzheimer’s in your area. Walk locations are listed at
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Published on August 8, 2018
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Dr. Ric Reardon
Aug 11, 2018
To Rose Marie, Althea, Sharon, Jennifer, Mark and others....I was very saddened to hear of Kirk's passing; a stark reminded of how time does, indeed, fly. It has been years since I have seen members of the Foley family although you all come up in conversation quite often up here in VT. It is my sincerest wish that the memories established through a lifetime with Kirk may bring you solace at this time. I hope we have a chance to connect soon.
John OBrien
Aug 10, 2018
He was a gentleman and one of the good guys. God Bless and Rest In Peace my friend
Andi Keller
Aug 09, 2018
I was so sorry to see this. I know how fond you were of Kirk.
Thinking of you and your family.
Brenda LeBlanc, Volunteer Coordinator
Aug 09, 2018
Kirk started his volunteering experience at Lawrence General Hospital July 2005.

He served 4,685 hours!

Areas he volunteered: Greeter in the main lobby, Rounding with the patients, Admitting area and volunteer office support.

Kirk had a heart for volunteering and was very committed. He was also part of Patient Family Advisory Council of our hospital.

We will miss you Kirk.
Kenneth Berthel
Aug 08, 2018
My memory of Kirk, "No matter when you saw him or whatever the circumstances were, was that he had such a calming nature about him. You could tell he genuinely cared about everyone. I will miss him."