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Howard William Irwin

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Howard William Irwin

January 26, 1933 - November 1, 2021

Peacefully on Monday, November 1, 2021 in his 89th year, in Cobourg (having recently moved there from Gravenhurst). He will be missed by his wife Donna, children (Deb, Judy and Connie), sons-in-law (Allan and Paul), grandchildren (Leah and Ethan), brother Donald, sister Bertha, and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Howard was a loving husband to Donna, and a caring and supportive father and grandfather.
He was a paymaster and pension supervisor by trade (Smith Transport, CP Express), but a builder by vocation. Howard always had a project on the go. With help from family members, he built a rowboat, a sailboat, a cottage and a house. He also had a passion for building furniture, and for stained glass, scroll sawing and intarsia.
Howard grew up on a farm in Innisfil, worked and raised a family in Toronto, retired in Gravenhurst and moved to Cobourg this year. During their time in Gravenhurst, he and Donna were very active members of the Gravenhurst Seniors’ Centre, and Howard was the Muskoka lead for the Ontario Seniors’ games.
When their kids were young, Howard and Donna took them on an epic camping trip every July. And, having caught the cruising bug (Alaska, Bermuda, Panama Canal, Rideau Waterway), they passed it on to the whole family with a tradition of Christmas cruises that began a decade ago.
There will be a Celebration of Life Memorial Luncheon on Wednesday, November 10th at 1:30 pm in Cobourg. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to (Please note that proof of full vaccination will be required.) If you can’t come, please give someone you love a hug in memory of Howard, and next time you are working on a building project, think about how much Howard would have enjoyed hearing about it.
A longtime supporter of the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Howard would be pleased to have people make a contribution in his name.

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Tammie neilson - November 17, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to you Donna and family! It was a pleasure to work for you both at Granite! May he RIP.. You both made a huge impact on me in the short time knowing you both!!!

Anne Jones - November 11, 2021

Donna, Even though I only knew Howard a short time while you live at Palisade. I extend my sorry at your loss.

Robert mcallister - November 10, 2021

To Donna and family our condolences from Shirley Patsy Robert Susanne Rick. May Howard rest in peace allways enjoy our talks with Howard

John Beth - November 7, 2021

Donna and Family, So sorry for your loss. We will always cherish the trips up north and to the states we took together. Sincere condolences John Beth

Ann & Arno Knop - November 5, 2021

Dear Donna and family, Fond fond memories of travelling over to Gravenhurst from Cardiff to participate with you in Senior Games events at the Senior's Centre. Those were good years. Condolences to you from Arno & me. Ann Knop

Christine L Anderson - November 4, 2021 DONATION

A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:

Heart and Stroke Foundation