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Donald Robert Irwin

Born: Fri., Oct. 24, 1958
Died: Mon., Dec. 24, 2012


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Wed., Jan. 02, 2013
Location: Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium


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IRWIN, Donald (Don) Robert, of Standard Alberta passed away on December 24th 2012 at the age of 54.  Born in Stettler Alberta, he lived there, until he and his family moved to Standard in 1995.
Mechanically inclined, Don could often be found repairing one of his vehicles, always a Chevy, or undertaking some project around the house. He had a strong passion for loud music, movies, and spicy foods. He also enjoyed golfing, snowmobiling, camping, travelling to warm locations, as well as spending time with his family and friends.
Don was a loving husband and father, and leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Sheila. A proud father he also leaves behind 3 children: Byron (Amanda), Chad, and Nicole (Lance Gordon), as well as many other family and friends. Don was predeceased by his nephew Danny Irwin.
A funeral will be held on January 2nd 2013 at 2:00pm at the Stettler Funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in Don’s memory to the Canadian Mental Health Association – Alberta Division or a charity of your choice.

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Leah Jensen
   Posted Mon December 31, 2012
Scott and I wish to express how sorry we are for your loss. Only time, will help heal how you feel. If there is anything we can do for your family, please let us know.

Mary -Jane Kiernan (Irwin )
   Posted Mon December 31, 2012
To my dear sweet brother .I will miss you always teasing me .Thats what brothers do best. To all the lifes you touched. The fun times we had as kids . The goals we made and families we raised. The memories will always be there. May you rest in peace.love Mary-Jane ,Vern Katherine (REECE) Crystal (John)

Hugh cox
   Posted Tue January 01, 2013
Sheila, Brad ,Chad and Nicole along with the rest of Dons family ,so sorry to hear of Don's passing , hold the good times close to your heart and let the good memories carry you forward .Our Deepest Sympathy Hugh & Karen Cox

Bernie jackson
   Posted Tue January 01, 2013
Thinking of the family during these hard times..hug and tears..love and faith..words are hard to find.. Cherish his memories..always with us..

Dan Gowalko
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
Don, Growing up with you and JR was so much fun and entertaining. We have a lot of memories to share and each time we hooked up we laughed and laughed on some of the things we did (and got away with!) in our high school years. You are a true friend and I am going to miss you my friend. My deepest condolences to Sheila and your wonderful family.

Dan and the kids

Carolyn & Curtis Fawcett
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
May God bless you with strength and love at this sad time. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family Sheila.

Clint Lovell & Family
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
It with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Don. I will always remember him as a faithful friend and colleague. I had the utmost respect for Don for his knowledge and skills. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. Take care of each other.

Stewart McKay
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
To the entire Irwin Family,
I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Don. Unfortunately, I hadn't talked to Don for many years. I will always have fond memories of the times spent with Don and John during high school. I remember the extreme pride he took with his vehicles, especially the Monte Carlo. It was always spotless, and shining from one end to the other. Don was a hard worker, and was always 100 % dedicated to the task at hand. He was a loyal friend, and will be missed.
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the family. God Bless !!

Stewart & Joanne McKay

Rick Nattestad
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
This a sad day as I have just learned of Don's passing. My deepest sympathy to Sheila and your family, John and your family. Although over the past 15 yrs or so I had only seen Don a couple occasions, when I did, we spoke as if no time had passed and would just pick up where we left off. It was always like that between he and I, and I suspect it was the same for all his friends. I always admired him for his attention to detail and intellect with whatever he was doing at the time, work,music,stereo's, cars, track n field, everything he did.
God Bless
Rick

Debbie Claude Dustin and Kaylee
   Posted Wed January 02, 2013
James, Colleen and Candice,

We are all thinking of you at this very difficult time and sending you a big Mantha hug from Ottawa.
Our sincere condolences to you and all those who loved and were loved by Don.

Natasha Baraniecki
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
Although it has been many years since I had the pleasure of working with Don, I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Don was passionate about his work, and I learned a lot from him as a junior engineer.

Pleace accept my most sincere condolences.

Paul Broska
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
I am in tears today as I have just learned of Don's passing. I will always remember him as a kind friend and generous colleague. Over the years that I’ve known him, I’ve had the utmost respect for Don and his knowledge, skills and abilities. My deepest condolences go out to Sheila and the family at this difficult time. Please cherish the good and wonderful memories that you all have of Don.

Chris Moss
   Posted Thu January 03, 2013
I want to express my sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the Irwin Family. Don was one the most wonderful persons I had ever got to know and work with. I appreciated his friendship and will a have heavy heart and sorrly will miss him dearly!! He was one the most caring, kind and intelligent persons that I have ever had the chance to meet in my life. I wish I could have stayed in touch more in the last few months. If I can develop to become the half the caring and kind person that Don was I would consider life a success.

If there is anything at all that my wife and I can do for the family, please let me know!

You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Uncle John and Aunt Anne
   Posted Fri January 04, 2013
Sheila, Byron & Amanda, Chad, and Nicole & Lance;
There are no words that can express how very sad we are for you except we love you and will be there for you in any way. Your family is special to us and we are so blessed to have you all in our lives.
We will miss you Don, you will be in our hearts forever, Rest in peace.

Darrell Curr
   Posted Sat January 05, 2013
I am so sorry to hear about Don. Don,John & I were best friends in school and we grew apart with our lives. I always thought Don & I were closer than John & I were. Sheila I don't know if you remember the last time Donna & I visited you guys, Don said something to me that day that I will never forget, He said to me "not to take so long next time". Now I wish I would have tried harder to find you. I will miss him dearly.

Glenn and Yvonne Thew
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dear Sheila and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have great memories of the time we spent with you and Don at the arenas. May your memories help you and the family get through this difficult time.
Our condolences Glenn and Yvonne Thew and Family

Darren Hinz
   Posted Wed January 30, 2013
Dear Irwin Family, God Bless you and be with you during this very difficult time. Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. I didn't learn of Don's passing until I read it in the paper and my heart sunk and it remains heavy today. I worked with Don for a few years about 14 years ago around Strathmore and thought the world of him. I admired Don for his keen technical knowledge, strong work ethic, and fairness and honesty towards the people he worked with. Don was a strong man with great character and unquestionable integrity. He was a joy to work with and a good friend. I learned a lot from Don and am proud to have known such a great man and called him friend. I will be forever sorry I didn't make more of an effort to stay in touch. God Bless you Don, you were a great man. May God be with your family always and give them comfort, strength, and understanding. I will always remember you with respect and admiration.

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