Richard Zirk

:: 4/29/2014: Martin Shiely, Elizabeth CO, USA
In most respectful memory: Zirk, Richard F., 77, a lifelong resident of Fairfield passed away on April 26, 2014. He was the beloved husband for 57 years of Lorraine (Korlishin) Zirk and a devoted father to Richard Zirk, Deborah Ruggieri and Karen Summers. Richard was a cherished grandfather of seven grandchildren and two great granddaughters. He was retired and worked for the Verona Board of Education. Richard was a member of the 1960 US Olympic Weightlifting Team and participated in the 1960 Olympic Summer Games in Rome, Italy. He was a silver medalist at the 1961 World Weightlifting Championships in Vienna, Austria and is rated as one of the top Olympic weightlifters of the twentieth century. He is a member of the James Caldwell High School Hall of Fame for his sports accomplishments, the Caldwell Masonic Lodge (#7) and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Essex Fells. He immensely enjoyed hunting and gardening. Funeral Wednesday, 4/30 at 10:00 am at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 271 Roseland Ave., Essex Fells (please go directly to church). Interment to follow at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.

:: 8/4/2012: beverly kleber, pompano beach fl, 33062
Cousin Richard, we spoke a few years ago and you saw my son and grandson - please keep in touch - my cell is my work phone 954-366-1392 or email me - Love to all the family, Bev

:: 3/14/2012: Mary lou Szapor /Kiwior, Dover N.J., U.S.A.
Lost your phone # Please call. I want to know how you are doing with your treatments. Mary Borriello says hello too.

:: 2/19/2008: Geoff Flemingf, Union New Jersey, U.S.A.
Unfortunately, this has been a problem for the last sixty years...not sure if it will ever change. I doubt the governing body wants to even become involved in trying to sort out who is professional and who remains a true amateur. Incidentaly, I was just browsing through some old magazines and had a chance to see your lifting. You are one of the unheralded 'amateur' lifters who should be better known to the lifting fraternity.

:: 2/18/2008: Richard Zirk, Fairfield NJ, USA
Professional athletes should not be allowed to compete in amateur competition. Our amateur athletes are more than qualified to compete at that level. The World Olympic Commitee should try to consider this as a rule.

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