Mr. Fred Allen Irwin passed away on January 31st, 2020.
Mr. Irwin graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT., in June of 1951. He served on active duty in the USMCR from September of ’51 to September of ’53. He attained the rank of Captain. He joined the Aluminum Co. of America’s sales force in January of ’54 and left in ’55 to join a small N.Y.C. advertising firm called Geer DuBois. Received an MBA from N.Y.U. School of Business and finally retired as a Senior Vice President after forty years at Geer DuBois. He managed the accounts of IBM, American Petrofina of Dallas Texas, INA, New England Life and a host of others. Started his own advertising agency called Irwin Inc. and finally retired in Savannah, GA at the age of 85
Mr Irwin was predeceased by his first wife Katharine, a daughter Sarah, and a grandson Michael. He leaves behind his loving wife Janet, a son Russell, and his wife Laura; a daughter Maria, her husband Mark, and their daughter Sarah. He also leaves behind four loving stepchildren, Liz, her husband Kelly, and their sons Taylor, Ryan, Jonah, and Eli; Rob, his wife Janet, and their son Robert; Chris, his wife Susie, and their daughter Audrey; and Mark, his wife Merideth, and their son Colin. Last, but certainly not least, he also leaves behind his cat, Mr. Harry.
Mr. Irwin was blessed to have two happy marriages. He played guitar, loved animals, was a fisherman, an avid reader of the N.Y. Times and the New Yorker. He was a liberal democrat.
Services will be held Friday February 7th at 11 am at the chapel at St Peter’s Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah Ga, 31411. Reception immediately following service in Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Georgia Public Broadcasting (https://www.gpb.org/support).
Fred Irwin lived a full life of success and significance. Though passing at the age of 90 may not be considered a tragedy, it certainly seems like one. To me, he is gone way too soon. I’m flooded with so many incredible memories that date back 50 years. I spent as much of my teenage years at the Irwin house as I did my own. Fred always treated me like family, and that’s how I felt about him and all the Irwins. From an early age, I always looked up to, admired, and respected Fred. He was an amazing husband, father, and friend, and his generosity with his time, his money, and his heart were Genuine. His incredible sense of humor and hearty laugh were infectious, and I’ll always remember and be thankful for his keen interest, advise and concern for the future endeavors of Russ and his friends including myself. Fred will always be one of my all time favorite people. Fred, you were a reveler, not a rester, so to you sir, I say Revel in Peace. My thoughts, love, and condolences are with Janet, Maria, their extended families, and of course Russ who I love like a brother.
- Mark Nagler, Boca Raton , Florida