Kirwan, Richard Richard Kirwan, cherished husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on April 1, 2016 at the age of 90. Born in 1925, he and his family suffered greatly through the Depression. His parents instilled the importance of education, and Richard, as well as his siblings, worked hard and rose to the top of their field in their various career choices.
Richard served in the Navy during World War II as a radioman, and completed his service in the Navy in 1950. He used his GI bill to get a teaching credential with an emphasis in history and geography. From there, he completed his Masters degree in education from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
A longtime educator, Richard started as a teacher and coach at Wayne State College in Nebraska. In 1960 he and his family moved to Santa Ana, where he began his career as a high school administrator. Eventually Richard became principal at Orange High School, Canyon High School, and retired from Villa Park High School in 1989.
Because of his Midwestern work ethic, Richard's retirement was short lived, and he continued working in a variety of part-time endeavors, including security at Disneyland, driving a school bus for special needs children, and in 2006 he fully retired as a Grand Juror for the Orange County Superior Court.
Richard loved travel, gardening, the beach, and most of all his family. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joanne, as well as his children Jacki, Danny and Sioux.
Services for Richard will be at Shannon-Bryan Mortuary on Friday, April 8, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, please donate in remembrance of Richard to your local Meals on Wheels.
Published in Orange County Register on April 8, 2016