Anton and Patty Kirk:

An Inventory of Their Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by V. Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2012)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Anton and Patty Kirk

Anton and Patty Kirk fonds


0.75 m of textual records; 121 photographs and other material

Mss 354, Pc 309 (A.09-108)


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Biography of Anton and Patty Kirk

Anton “Tony” Kirk was born on October 21, 1914, in Winnipeg. His Ukrainian parents immigrated to Canada in 1901. His father Dmytro Kryvoruchka officially changed his name to Kirk to make his name shorter and easy to apply for a job. as many Ukrainians faced discrimination in Canada, in the 1930's.

While attending a high school, Anton Kirk developed a love for music. Encouraged by his brother William (Bill), he joined the Royal Canadian Legion Band as a trumpet player. Anton Kirk played for the band until 1956. He was also a member of Local 190, Winnipeg Musicians Association, for over 50 years.

During the WWII Anton joined the Canadian Navy and served in the South Pacific on the H.M.C.S. Uganda. The Uganda was sent to Halifax for training exercises and then cruised around Europe. The Uganda participated in the attacks on Japan at Kobe Naval Base in 1945. After the surrender of Japan, the ship was sent back to Canada.

When Anton returned from the war, Anton married his childhood sweetheart, Patty Zarosinski, a teacher with the Winnipeg School Division and they lived a modest life in Winnipeg’s North End. Anton worked as an accountant for CNR and retired in 1974. He passed away on August 3, 2008.

Patty Kirk (nee Zarosinski) was born on February 13, 1916 in Winnipeg. She graduated from Normal School and received her BA in 1959; B. Ed in 1960, and M.Ed. in 1965. Patty was involved in the Alumni Association and served on a university Senate Committee. As a teacher, Patty worked primary with children with reading and learning disabilities. Patty died at the age of 79 in 1995.

Anton and Patty both loved the art. They financially supported many art organizations in Winnipeg such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Opera Association, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Prairie Theatre Exchange and many more. They also created many endowments funds for education and library services at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, such as Patty Kirk Memorial Endowment Funds and William “Bill” Kirk Scholarship in Music (University of Manitoba); Patty Kirk Scholarship in Education (University of Winnipeg) . Anton Kirk also volunteered at the Winnipeg Music Festival, Dalnavert Museum, Fred Douglas Lodge, Ukrainian churches and Oseredok (Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre). On Remembrance Day, Anton Kirk educated children about the role Canadian veterans played in the WWII. Many organizations and institutions gained from Anton and Patty Kirk’s generous contributions. In 1998 Anton Kirk was honored by the City of Winnipeg, as the Philanthropist of the year, and in 2002 Anton Kirk received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of Anton and Patty's biographical information, awards, philanthrophy, correspondence and information re: HMCS Uganda Cruiser.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into three series and photograph collection

  • 1. Biographical Information, Awards, Philandthropy
  • 2. Veterans Reunion - HMCS Uganda Cruiser
  • 3. Correspondence
  • Pc 309 (A.09-108) - Photographs Collection

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Restrictions on Access

One file is restricted.

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Restrictions on Use

One file is restricted.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Jan Senyshyn in 2009.

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Other Finding Aids

Accession A.03-47 - University of Manitoba Publications

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical Information, Awards, Philanthropy []
11 Anton Kirk - Biographical Information, 1931-2006
2 Anton Kirk - Certificate of the Service in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1945
3 Anton's Navy Wallet - includes 5 photographs and newspaper clippings re: his brother William's death 1940-1946
4 Anton Kirk - ID's Cards
5 Patty Kirk - Biographical Information, 1931-1995
6 Patty Kirk - Biographical Information - Yearbooks, 1934-1985
7 Oversize Anton Kirk's Drawings - Technical School Winnipeg, 1959

(located in the map cabinet no.5 - A.09-108)

8 Oversize Metropolitan's Hramota - Anton Kirk's Award for his Donations to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Mary the Protectoress in Winnipeg, 2006

(located in the map cabinet no.5 - A.09-108)

21 Anton and Patty Kirk - Newspaper Cllipings, 1974-2002
2 List of Donations, 1996-1999
3 Anton Kirk - Philanthropist Award, 1998
4 Anton Kirk - Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002
5 Anton Kirk - Premier's Volunteer Service Award, Province of Manitoba, 2006
6 Patty Kirk - University Women's Club of Winnipeg Bulletin, Correspondence, 1982-2003
7-8 Patty Kirk Memorial Chair in the Winnipeg symphony Orchestra, 1995- 2000
9 Anton and Patty Kirk - Certificates of Appreciation, 1973-1997
31 University of Manitoba Annual Report to Donors, 1991
2 Friends of the Libraries, University of Manitoba, 1991-2008
3-4 Patty Kirk Memorial Endowment Fund for Libraries; William "Bill" Kirk Scholarship in Music, 1997-2008
5 University Women's Club of Winnipeg - Patty Kirk Scholarship in Education, 1995-1997
6-7 Patty Kirk Scholarship in Education, University of Winnipeg, 1998-2007
8 Patty Scholarship in Education - Thank you Letters, 1995-2006
9 Patty Kirk - Alumni Association, Correspondence, 1986, 1995
41 Prairie Theatre Exchange Contributions, 1993, 1996
2 Manitoba Theatre Centre Contributions, 1996
3 Deer Lodge Centre Info
4 Deer Lodge Foundation, 1997
5 Seven Oaks General Hospital Contributions, 1990-991
6 Ukrainian Cathedral of St. Mary the Protectress, 1925-2000 (75th Anniversary), 2000

(includes 3 photographs)

7 Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre (Oseredok), 1996-2002

(includes one CD - Oseredok Christmas 2001/2002)

8 Provincial Archives Bldg. - Egyptian Glass Lights, 2002

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Veteran Reunions - HMCS Uganda Cruiser
49 Anton Kirk's Presentation - Remembrance Day, 2001, 2009
10 Remembrance Day - Children Letters, 2001-2002
11 Remembrance Day - Children's Drawings WWII
51 The Cruiser Uganda, 1970-2004

(includes 2 photographs)

2 HMCS Uganda Glass Window, Deer Lodge Centre, 1988-1992
3 List of HMCS Uganda/Quebec Reunion Participants, July 1990


4 HMCS Uganda Reunion, 1992
5 VJ Day Ceremony - Brookside Cemetery, 1995
6 Canadian Victoria Cross Winner 1917 - Philip Konowal - Konowal Research Project

(includes one computer disk)

7 VJ Day, Veterans Affairs Canada, Province of Manitoba, 2005

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58 Anton Kirk's Birthday Cards - 90th Birthday, 2004
61 Thank you Cards
2 Christmas Cards
3-4 Correspondence - Personal, 1952-2004
5 Correspondence - Donations, 1995-2007
7 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1971-2007
8 Condolences Letters and Cards - Patty Kirk's Funeral, 1995
9 Fred Douglas Place - Meetings, Reports. 1993
10 Annotated Calendars, 1995-1996, 2007
11 Robertson Memorial United Church, 1996-1999

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PC 309 (A.09-108)
11 Anton and Patty Kirk, Friends of the Libraries, University of Manitoba, 1999

(one photograph)

2 Anton and Patty Kirk at Home and at the Gala Events, 1990's

(6 photographs)

3 Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal Recipients, 2002

(5 photographs)

4 Patty Kirk, 1995

(3 photographs)

5 Halifax Reunion, 1974

(one photograph)

6 Friends, Family, House

(5 photographs)

7 Remembrance Day - Ukrainian Cathedral of St. Mary the Protectress - Veterans, 2001

(67 photographs)

8 St. Michael's Church Tour, 1998

(3 photographs)

9 HMCS Uganda Glass Window, Deer Lodge Centre, 1991

(16 photographs)

10 Hnizdovsky Exhibit Opening, University of Manitoba, 2006

(one photograph)

11 "Cookin' at the Cookery", Manitoba Theatre Centre

(one autographed photograph from performers)

12 Bluenose II Sailing Vessel, Halifax, 1970's

(two photographs)

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