Passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Newmarket, Ontario.
Dad Irwin was born in Ambala, India on August 1, 1929 to Victor Felix D'Souza and Muriel Solomon. He migrated as a young boy with his father and step mother, Lucy D'Souza, older brother Derek and younger sister Myrtle, to Karachi, Pakistan. Dad Irwin and his brother Derek attended boarding school in Murree and spent their summers in Karachi. Dad became a step brother to Shirley, Wilfrid, Jude, Roque and Charmaine who lived in Duarte Mansion, Saddar.
Dad Irwin married my mother, Lucy, on November 24, 1957 in a double wedding ceremony with her sister, Dorothy D'Cunha & Ronald Matthews. Flower Girls were my Aunt Charmaine and Cousin Yvette. Dad Irwin and Mum Lucy honeymooned in Quetta, Balochistan. I was born in 1959 and my brother Dale in 1960. Our family lived in PECHS, Karachi where Dad worked at ICI with his (future) brother-in-law, Ronnie Matthews and then at Sima Laboratories as Distribution Manager, before migrating to Canada (Montreal, Quebec) in December, 1972 sponsored by my Aunt Dorothy & Uncle Ronnie. Dad worked in Accounts Payable for J. Pascal Hardware for 18 years and retired when the company closed their doors in 1993.
Dad relocated from Montreal to Keswick in 1994 to live with me and his son-in-law, Don Fernandes. He was a very young Seenager at 65, who quickly found part-time work at Zehrs Food Markets and helped open the store in October, 1994. Dad loved serving the public and was a loyal employee until his retirement, 18 years later, at age 82! Dad Irwin loved life with a zest for travel, food and adventure! During the 25 years he lived with us, Dad travelled to Hawaii, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nanaimo, Mexico and enjoyed multiple cruise holidays. He also thoroughly enjoyed speeding around in his Mercedes, so much so that he bought two of them!
We will celebrate Dad Irwin's life on Saturday, August 1st at the Ramada Resort in Jackson's Point on what would have been his 91st birthday.
Dad was loved by many and will be missed for his kind, generous ways. He is fondly remembered by his 3 granddaughters (Danielle 1989, Stephanie 1990 and Renee 1993), and son Dale (Elaine).