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Ian Irwin

March 30, 1931 - September 1, 2016


It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of a much loved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Ian is survived by his beautiful, loving wife, and best friend of 58 years Shirley, and his three cherished daughters, Elizabeth (Bill Saunders), Joan (Stephane deRaucourt) and Carol (Ron Panchuk); his five grandchildren, Jennifer, Prentice, Emmanuelle, Shannon, Frederique and step-grandchildren Justine and Jeremy.

Ian was born in Calgary, Alberta to George and Elizabeth (nee Mason) Strong. He was predeceased by his sister, Katharine Margaret Balfour in 1990. After 65 years in Calgary, Ian and Shirley moved to the peaceful tranquility of, as Ian fondly called it, “Arthritis Ridge” on Vancouver Island in 1996.

Ian attended Rideau Park Elementary and Junior High School; Calgary Collegiate Institute (now Dr. Carl Safran Centre; University of Calgary (1952) and later obtained a Chartered Accountant designation from Queen’s University (1960).

Ian began his most interesting career as an Articling Clerk with Christianson, Simonton in Calgary (1953-60) followed by positions as Secretary Treasurer with Okalta Oils Ltd., Lobitos Oilfields (1960-64), Partner of Mack Stitt and Irwin (1964-66), Controller of Murphy Oil Company (1966-70), co-owner of Stagewest Dinner Theater (1980’s), and Chief Financial Officer with Fenerty and Company (1970-81). From 1981- 2016, Ian was self-employed as a trusted professional Chartered Accountant and financial adviser for many friends, colleagues and clients. In particular Ian had a long business association with his good friend- Lawrie Duff.

Ian was a dedicated volunteer and a true Calgarian; which is best demonstrated by his many years of long service to The Calgary Stampede of which he was an Honorary Life Director. Ian was also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Glencoe Club, the Danish Canadian Club, The 400 Club (honorary Treasurer) and the Native Calgarian Society. He was often seen holding court at the weekly meetings of the East End Petroleum Club with his good friends at the St Louis Hotel.

Ian, while a man of few words, will be remembered with a smile by all of his friends, family and colleagues for his twinkling blue eyes, quick dry wit, welcoming manner, sense of fairness, helpfulness, dedication, and attention to detail. His family will remember sharing: long summer days in Osoyoos on family holidays, Canada Day floats on the Bow River, fishing, badminton at the Glencoe and birdwatching in nature which he loved. More often than not there was a Molson product close-by.

At Ian’s request there will be no funeral service and in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a charity of your choice.


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From: Robert (Bob) M Sumner
Relation: Family friend

Hi Irwin family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Ian was a great man and always made me smile or laugh. He had the special gift of making you feel good about yourself with a wink or a smile and sometimes a greatly timed curse word. I have many great memories of Ian and the world is a poorer place without him. I hope you all find some peace and please know I was thinking of you all. Bob Sumner jr.

From: Steve and Rene Edwards
Relation: Acquainted through the Stampede

Shirley and family, please accept our sincere condolences. Ian was a true gentleman whose kind nature and quick wit we always appreciated.

Steve and Rene Edwards

From: Carl Browne
Relation: C.C.I.( Calgary)

I was deeply saddened to hear of Ian’s passing.
To Shirley and family,please accept my sincere condolence.
“Wee Phebe” and I were classmates at Central High School
in the !940’s, and I will always treasure the many happy memories I have of this great guy.

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