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Edward Irwin

September 8, 1919 - July 23, 2014

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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