Don Irwin

A photo of Don Irwin


A private graveside service will be held
at Evergreen Cemetery.

Donald Creto Irwin of Blenheim passed away at home on Saturday April 6, 2019; the day that marked 73 years of marriage to his lovely wife Vera (DeLeeuw) Irwin and two days before his 97th birthday. Don is also survived by his much loved daughter Mary Dawn and his grandsons Mitchell Snobelen, Chuck Irwin and Jesse James Irwin. He was predeceased by his son Tim Irwin in 1991, by his parents Creto & Florence (Rumble) Irwin and his only sister Evelyn Eves.

Don was a veteran of World War II. He was a hard working man who showed fortitude and determination throughout his life. Most of his working career was spent as a cement mason though he did work for a time at Standard Tube and for Jack Ford at the Ford Funeral Home. He was always proud of his family and he was happy that he was able to provide for them. He was a member of Trinity Anglican Church in Blenheim as well as the Blenheim Legion. He loved playing horseshoes.

Don could often be seen walking around town. Even when his eyesight began to fail him, his determination did not. He instinctively knew how far to walk and when to turn, where to step up and down and when the lights turned red which allowed him to go for a daily walk to get his mail. In his final years he was able to feel safe and loved at home with Vera, Mary Dawn and Mitchell.

It was Don’s request that cremation take place. A private family graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery. Blenheim Community Funeral Home entrusted with funeral arrangements. Friends wishing to remember Don with a memorial donation are asked to consider Trinity Anglican Church or the Blenheim Freedom Library & Military Musuem.

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Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Mary Dawn may he Rest in Peace

Vera, Mary Dawn and family, so sorry for your loss. I was Vera and Dons neighbour for a few years at Josies Villa. I have also known them both for a number of years. Don was my moms foreman at Standard Tube. I remember going to the tube and ringing the bell at the door by the tracks, and Don always answered the door and said come on in. He would say stay right here and I will get your mom. Never got upset with me. I made it a daily trip after school. I have always thought a lot of Don and Vera, they were always good to me, whether it was at the apartment building or on the street. He will be missed. Vera if you ever need anything at all, please call me. R.I.P. Don. Love Shelley and Loretta

I just learned of Don`s passing. He certainly lived to a good age . I remember Don working for Huron Construction some years ago; always a good ,knowledgeable employee in the concrete paving end of work. It is a pleasure for me to say I knew him and worked with him .Rest in peace Donald and you take care Vera and Mary Dawn.

On behalf of the Flynn Family our deepest condolences to you and your family.

RIP to my neighbour don I will miss seeing u when I walk home from work and saying hi. May he shine brightly over his family. Sorry for loss

108 flengino street apt 203 10

Our love and prayers are with you dear friends.

Vera and Mary Dawn We are sending our deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. R.I.P. Don. Was always taking the time to stop and have a chat on the street. Sincerely Charlie and Barb Cowell from Gowganda Ontario

Mary Dawn, Vera and family. Our sincere condolences on the loss of Don.

844 Talbot Rd E RR 3 Dear Irwin family so sorry for your loss. There are many of his horseshoe buddies up there, the matches will be fun. My husband Ron played with the Cottam Cripples Club & Don was so friendly & likeable whenever I showed up as chauffeur. He will be missed May he rest in peace.

Vera and family--- Sorry to hear of your loss. I'll always remember Don as a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

So sorry to hear of your loss, may the Good Lord comfort you at this sad time. Keep all the wonderful memories going.🙏

Dear Vera and Mary Dawn I send my deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful man. Always had a friendly smile and a few words to say when ever we met. I send you both a HUG and wish you much strength. Glenn

Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of Don, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this difficult time. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you.