dedication to his family was deep and abiding and his loss is felt in the community,
across the nation and, most keenly, at home. Kirk passed away suddenly on Monday,
December 2nd, 2019 in a tragic workplace accident.
He is survived by his wife Brenda and their two sons Devon and Jordan as well as his mother Adele Dunhill of Burlington, Ontario, the place of his birth. He is also survived by his sister Kim McQueen, brothers and sisters-in-law, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Kirk was a Locomotive Engineer for CP Rail working out of Port Coquitlam where he dedicated 32 years of service.
Living in Mission, BC, for the last 22 years, he was a regular volunteer at his children’s
school and at the local amateur Hockey Association, first assisting and later coaching.
Kirk’s passion for hockey was well known. He spent many hours on the ice, coaching
his sons and their teams. This invaluable contribution to the community continues as
the players whose lives he touched carry on in the sport.
Known at home as the ‘Energizer Bunny,’ Kirk was a devoted family man who enjoyed
spending time with his two sons, teaching them not only hockey but also baseball and
boxing. Devon and Jordie were kind of famous at the railroad, as Kirk would regale his
colleagues with a highlight reel of their lives on every trip. His pride and devotion
couldn’t be more clear.
Kirk brought his unflagging energy to work as well. As a respected locomotive engineer, he was a mentor to many. You always knew you were in good hands when you worked with Kirk. His patience and generosity in passing on his knowledge have benefitted the conductors he worked with and the young engineers he trained. More than professionally, Kirk was a solid guy to have around. His good nature and wry sense of
humour put everyone at ease from the booking in room to the bunkhouse, where you could find him in the gym or quietly catching up with his wife on the phone. The many fond stories of Kirk being shared around the railroad attest to his enduring presence.
This campaign has been created by Kirk’s friends and colleagues at Division 320
of the Teamsters Union to memorialize his passing and assist his family in this
The funds raised by this worthy campaign will help offset the funeral
expenses and shore up financial shortfalls caused by the sudden loss of Kirk’s income.
Thanks in advance for your generosity. Kirk, you will live on in our hearts and minds and in the skills and knowledge you passed on to us.