Edward Irwin

September 8, 1919 - July 23, 2014
Edward Irwin

Former railroad engineer, devoted husband, and beloved grandfather Edward Irwin passed away July 23rd, 2014 at the age of 94 in The Villages, Florida. Edward was born on September 8th, 1919 to the late Isaac and Helen Irwin in Viaduct, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Agnes (Raymond), 3 daughters Nancy Gilbert (Dave), Helen Beck (Barry), and Wanda Gress (Gary), 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Edward was a WWII veteran who served under General George Patton in Germany. Upon his return, he worked for multiple railroad corporations, ultimately retiring from ConRail in 1980. During his years as a railroad engineer, he was active in the United Transportation Union. Post retirement, he and Agnes relocated to Florida where he became very active in the National Association of Retired and Veteran Railroad Employees (NARVRE), The American Legion, the Shriners organization, and Mason?s High Twelve Club. Refreshingly opinionated, stubborn as a mule, and willing to help anyone in need, he was loved deeply by his family and friends and could light up a room with his smile. He will be terribly missed by all who knew him. A joyous celebration of Edward?s life will be held on Sunday, August 31st, 1:30 pm EST, at Sumter Place (1550 Killingsworth Way, The Villages, FL, 32162). Memorial contributions may be made to either the Honor Flight in care of the American Legion (Lady Lake, FL) or Cornerstone Hospice, Villages Hospice House, 601 Casa Bella, The Villages, FL 32162.


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  • July 25, 2014
    The Staff of Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home says:
    Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

  • July 27, 2014
    Nancy and Ed Sergi says:
    Ed was such a special person. Thanks for sharing him with us. He led such a busy life always helping others. He will leave a big hole and big shoes to fill.

  • July 27, 2014
    DelBar says:
    We are sorry for your loss.
    The Barker and Del Regno families

  • July 29, 2014
    Holiday United Church of Christ says:
    Dear Agnes, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

  • July 29, 2014
    Robin Brackeen says:
    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • August 04, 2014
    Lois Moskalski says:
    Dear Helen---My sincerest sympathies---losing a loved one is never easy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • August 04, 2014
    Array says:
    Helen we just returned from vacation today & I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, The last time i saw you, we talked about your parents. thinking & praying for you and your family. God bless,, from ellen forristal

  • August 25, 2014
    Lorraine Spence says:
    Nancy, Helen, and Wanda,
    Our thoughts and prayers will be with the entire family on your day of family remembrance and the celebration of your dad's life. He certainly lived his life to the fullest.
    Love,
    Lorraine and Bill