Irvin passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on September 2, 2012, at Riverside Health Care Facility in Fort Frances.
Irvin was born at Lower La Have, Nova Scotia on August 9, 1918, a son of John and Lillian Eisenhauer (Adams). Irvin was a member of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Rose Bay, Nova Scotia. As a boy he walked two and a half miles to Church, twice on Sundays. His father sang in the choir for fifty years and his mother taught Sunday School class for forty years.
In March of 1952 he married Olive Ward of Fort Frances, who survives him. He is also survived by a brother Harry (Ruth) of Calgary, AB, sisters in law, Alice Eisenhauer of Riverport, NS, Florence Eisenhauer of Upper La Have, NS, Gladys Kerr, Marjorie (Bert) Smeeth of Fort Frances, ON, Violet Lawrence of Vancouver, BC, and brothers in law Albert Ward of Victoria, BC, Stanley (Millie) Ward, Bob (Elsie) Ward, Sidney Ward of Fort Frances, ON and Don (Sybil) Ward of Thunder Bay, ON. He was pre-deceased by his parents, sisters Pearl and Hazel and brothers Cecil, Bruce, Grant, James and Royce and brothers in law Leslie Ward, Don Kerr and Charles Lawrence and sisters in law Ollie Ward and Joan Ward.
Irvin went to sea as a teenager to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and the West Indies. In 1938 he joined the marine section of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and was seconded to join the Royal Canadian Navel Reserve at the outbreak of World War II. He served in the Halifax auxiliary fleet and the Corvette H.M.C.S. “Lethbridge”, on convoy duty in the North Atlantic. Irvin returned to the RCMP in 1945.
He served in various parts of Canada and Newfoundland, including one summer as First Mate on the R.C.M.P. “ St. Roch” in the Canadian Arctic.
During his service he acquired a Master’s Home Trade Certifi cate and he was a graduate of the Canadian Police College at Regina. Irvin had the honour to stand vigil over the coffin of Angus Lewis MacDonald who was the former Premier of Nova Scotia at his passing in 1954, and while serving in Ottawa had the honour to stand vigil over the coffi n of Governor General Vincent Massey who was our fi rst Canadian born Governor General. In 1971 Irvin was in charge of security on two separate occasions - when the President of the SFR of Yugoslavia and when Premier Alexey Kosygin of the USSR stopped over at Gander, Newfoundland. He retired in 1973 as Offi cer Commanding St. John’s Sub-Division, with the rank of Superintendent.
Irvin and Olive retired to Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where they spent sixteen years in Irvin’s home province. In 1988 Irvin and Olive built a new home and settled in Fort Frances.
Irvin loved the game of golf and spent countless hours practicing his swing. He enjoyed sitting in his chair in the evening completing his daily crossword puzzle and cryptoquote. Irvin enjoyed and spent many hours reading at the library. Anyone that knew Irvin knew that he was a very generous person.
Irvin and Olive travelled extensively in Europe, Canada and the Caribbean and spent many winters in Lake Wales, Florida. They enjoyed their travels but always looked forward to coming home.
Family and friends may visit Thursday, September 6, 2012 from 7-8 p.m. at Green Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at the Knox United Church, Fort Frances, Ontario on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Barbara Miller offi ciating.
Luncheon to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fort Frances at 2:30 p.m. Pallbearers will be Irvin’s nephews.
How sleep the brave who sink to rest by all their countries wishes bless’d.
When spring with dewy fi ngers cold, returns to deck their hallowed mold. She there shall dress a sweeter sod, than fancy’s feet have ever trod.
In lieu of fl owers donations may be made to the Fort Frances Knox United Church - Renewal Fund or to Riverside Health Care Facility - Digital Mammography Campaign Fund.