Neva Candace Irwin passed away on February 8, 2019 with her daughters by her side at the Village On The Ridge in Ridgetown. Neva was the daughter of the late Percy and Elizabeth Lanz. Born April 6, 1916 she was the last surviving member of her family, predeceased by her brother Maxwell Lanz & wife Elaine and her sister Rosemary Ford Feduk and her husband Tom.
Neva lived for 102 years. Her life was full. She married Shirley Bell Irwin at a young age. They had a partnership in life as well as business. Shirley owned and operated Irwin Motors; a Studebaker dealership and also sold Massey Ferguson tractors at one time.
Neva was the mother of two daughters Candace & the late Jim McCurdy and Lyn & the late Dr. Peter Green. She was the grandmother to Christopher & Nancy (Hutchinson) McCurdy, Erin & Bob Claeys, Kevin & Susan McCurdy, Jason & Cherie Green and Sarah (Green) & Patrick Jacobsen. Her family grew to include great grandchildren Connor, Katie, Brianne, Justine, Libby, Megan, Michael, Andrew, Rachel, Julia, Natalie and Ava. She recently became great-great grandmother to Matteo. She will also be missed by several nieces and nephews.
Neva was a lifetime member of Trinity Anglican Church where she attended regularly until her move to the Village On The Ridge in Ridgetown where she received excellent care from a wonderful staff during her last years. She was a past member of the I.O.D.E. Eastern Star and Rebecca Lodge. She was Past President of the Blenheim Home and School.
Neva’s social life was busy travelling, painting and doing ceramics. She was an avid reader. One of her favourite pastimes was the daily 10 a.m. Coffee Club at a local restaurant with the girls. Neva and Shirley enjoyed short trips and camping with their daughters. Family was important and their home was a favourite meeting place.
Neva’s family will have a private service in May. Her urn will then be interred in Evergreen Cemetery with Shirley.
Friends wishing to remember Neva with a memorial donation are asked to consider the Trinity Anglican Church, the Blenheim Library or a charity of your choice.