Walter Kirk Sterling, 85

January 31, 2013

SterlingWalter Kirk Sterling, 85 of Leonardtown passed away on Jan. 30 in Cheverly.  Born May 4, 1927 in Leonardtown, he was the son of the late Lynwood Joseph and Ruth Camilier Sterling.

Kirk was one of seventeen children.  He is survived by his wife Regina “Lay” A. Sterling whom he married on May 28, 1949 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Morganza, MD, he is also survived by many nieces and nephews along with a host of relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings; L. Edward Sterling, John B. Sterling, William O.E. Sterling, Francis C. Sterling, Ruth E. King, Nelson Sterling, James H. Sterling, Eleanor J. Sharpe, Harris B. Sterling, Ernest A. Sterling, Linwood J. Sterling, Lucille R. Cheseldine, Mary Catherine Bell, Hugh Dalton Sterling, and an infant brother.

Kirk was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County and a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, class of 1945.  He was employed by NATC, for 30 years retiring on May 7, 1982.  Kirk was the Secretary for the St. Mary’s County Electrical Board, past Chief and Lifetime member, (47 years) of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, King Lion “Lion’s Club”, Captain “National Guard”; he was also a member on the Committee for the Veterans Memorial “Leonardtown, MD.”

The family will receive friends on Monday, Feb. 4 in St. Aloysius Catholic Church from 5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7 p.m. followed by Fire Department and Lions Club prayers at 7:15 p.m.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, with Father John Dakes officiating.  Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.

Pallbearers will be; Gary Sterling Bell, Joseph Andrew Bell, Thomas W. Bell, III, Mark J. Bell, Shawn M. Hull, and Bernard Beavins.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 50, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650 Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD

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