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In Memory of
William S. Irwin
April 1, 1952 - December 22, 2020

William Bill Irwin, age 68, the loving and well-loved patriarch of his Irwin clan, passed away on December 22, 2020. Bill was born on April 1, 1952 and spent his childhood and teenage years in Baden, Pennsylvania. He loved sports and played basketball and football at Ambridge High School then continued his football career as an offensive lineman at the University of Arizona where he graduated in 1974. Bill was a professional salesman throughout most of his business career, owning and operating Irwins Hallmark Stores with his beloved wife, Cheryle Givens Irwin, for 28 years. Bill then changed his focus and transformed himself into a real estate entrepreneur while working with NorthSteppe Realty. While Bill was a successful businessman, you would always hear him say that none of that mattered as much as family and that his family was his wealth. His family adored him as did many, many friends and co-workers. They will tell you that this man had a huge heart; he was thoughtful and kind; he never met a stranger; he always made you feel comfortable and welcome and was truly interested in you, what you had to say, and how you were doing. They will also tell you that he was honest to a fault except for maybe when he was on the golf course another sport he thoroughly enjoyed. This is a man who will be truly missed by many, but his spirit will live on through our memories and his legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alveta Irwin, brother Jack (Loretta) Irwin, brother Jimmy Irwin and sister Patricia Smith. He is survived by Cheryle, his devoted wife of 36 years, son Brian (Courtney) Irwin, daughter Kristy (Matt) Daniel, daughter Sarah (Jason) Gordon, and grandchildren Sam, Madison, Raygen, Brady, Wyatt, Molly Mai, and Collins, as well as his sister Peggy (John) Barnett, sister Carole Knott and many dear nieces and nephews. A celebration of life is planned for next spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorial contributions be made to Nationwide Childrens Hospital in William S. Irwins name to benefit the The Linda W. Daniel Foundation. Checks can be made payable to Nationwide Childrens and mailed to
P.O. Box 16810 Columbus, OH 43216-6810
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Mack Gillenwater

Dec 27, 2020

Dear Irwin family, My family and I are terribly sorry to hear about the passing of your father Bill. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult days. May you find comfort in your memories of him and the life he lived. With our deepest condolences, Mack and Karisha Gillenwater


Pamela DeMatteo

Dec 27, 2020

As I read the obituary, I was moved by the genuine love between Bill and his family. I am sorry for the loss of such a special human being. His example of kindness, generosity, and love is a powerful legacy. I love you KD.


sue houser

Dec 27, 2020

Bil was a big fella with a big laugh. Nice, nice man.


Becky Schmidt

Dec 28, 2020

We are so sad to learn of Bill's passing. He was a wonderful person and we remember some fun times in Worthington Hills. May your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort. Jack and Becky Schmidt


Aubre Rice

Dec 28, 2020

Sending you all prayers of peace and strength. I wish I could have met Papa. What an amazing man. Love to Sarah, Jason, Molly, Collins, and Grandma. What a blessing to spend time with you yesterday learning a bit about him.


Dustin Grindle

Dec 28, 2020

So sorry 😢 sending love to you all.


Edward Stollard

Dec 28, 2020

Bill was such a super person in all ways of life. He would always say that we think alot alike. Always a giver, and always had time to talk and laugh. He was such a great friend. Asked about you, your family, and was always concerned. Bill had every reason to not like me due to my job, and his. Instead he created an unbelievable friendship. I miss you buddy. God bless you for coming into my families life.


Robert Coleman

Dec 31, 2020

Sorry for your loss. Bill and I were classmates at Ambridge High 1967-1970.


sam Efnor

Jan 8, 2021

Billie is truly one of the best person I know. I will miss him. In the past several years we have not spend much time together, but when we did meet it was special. the last time I saw Billie and Sherri was in Phoenix. It seems like Billie has the funniest stories ever, but in this case im sure it wasn't funny to him.Believe it or not, his rental car parked in the hotel parking lot had all 4 tires stolen. All I could think about is if Billie caught, I wondered what the thieves would have done. Another wonderful story goes why back to when my wife was under chemo treatments. Billie came to Las Vegas for a visit and to my surprise he showed up bald. at first I thought Billie was having his own chemo treatments and didn't want to hear that. It turns out he shaved his he for Marilyn. Now who does that? Someone special for sure. I love Billie like a brother, maybe more so. I miss BIG GUY.