Edward “Eddy” L. Irwin of N. Chelmsford, MA


Edward "Eddy" L. Irwin, 70, of N. Chelmsford, MA formerly of Tewksbury, MA died unexpectedly Thursday Feb. 9, 2017 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was married to Marian R. (Vincent) Irwin who died April 12, 2014.

Born in Cambridge, MA on May 20, 1946, he was a son of the late William and Elizabeth Irwin. He graduated from Tewksbury High School with the Class of 1965.

Ed worked as a Police Officer at UMass Lowell Police Dept. before retiring in 2006. He was a member of Teamsters Local 25, where he was the Shop Steward. Ed served with VISTA, Volunteer In Service to America in Nashville, TN.

He was a current member of the Chelmsford Town Meeting Representative, former member of the Tewksbury School Committee, and former member of St. Williams Catholic Church and Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks. He was an avid college football fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

He is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Owens of N. Chelmsford and Jennifer Hartigan and her husband Norman of Natick, MA; three brothers and their wives, William and Mary Lou Irwin of Fallston, MD, John and Kathryn Irwin of Lunenburg, MA and Brian and Peggy Irwin of Bethlehem, NH ;four grandchildren, Matthew Lubao, Devon Hartigan, Jenna Owens and Chloe Miller-Owens; many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his beloved dog, “Scruffy”.

Visiting hours Tues. 3 to 7 p.m. at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral from the Funeral Home on Wed at 8 with a funeral Service at 9AM in the Aldersgate Methodist Church 242 Boston Road  Chelmsford, MA Burial in Fairview Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA. Memorials may be made in his name to Lowell Humane Society 951 Broadway St. Lowell, MA 01854. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at www.dolanfuneralhome.com


February 14, 2017
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Dolan Funeral Home, Chelmsford, MA


February 15, 2017
Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Chelmsford, MA
  1. Bob Stack says:

    I send sincere sympathy on Eddy’s passing. I found out of his passing just today and apologize for not having attended his service. I worked with Eddy as a Police Officer at U Mass Lowell and I can assure you that he was a genuine and kind man. A gentleman that I enjoyed working with but more importantly a man I could call a friend.

    Eddy was fond of his heritage, his Fighting Irish and his dedication to those around him. I recall Eddy’s excitement when Gerry Adams was the featured speaker at a U Mass Lowell graduation ceremony, as well as his dedicated participation in Local 25 issues and the little kid excitement he brought back after attending a Notre Dame game in South Bend.

    Eddy’s time with us was far shorter than it ever should have been but I am sure that there was a bigger plan for Eddy. I am also sure that a man like Eddy finally reached his pot of gold.

    Rest in Peace Eddy

    Bob Stack

  2. Robert Nyren says:

    To the Irwin family, my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Eddie was a very special person. We communicated quite a bit in the last few years and I was truly blessed to know him. He will be missed.

  3. Jeanne and Bob Aylward says:

    To the Irwin Family, Ed was without question one of the all time greats. Ed was forever devoted to his family. He was filled with kindness and compassion. I can only imagine Ed in a glorious place with the love of his life, Marion, and his beloved parents, Betty and Ed (the King and Queen of the Heath Brook School). We love you Ed,may you rest in peace—’til we meet again!!!

  4. Debbie & John Powers says:

    Our sincere sympathies to the Irwin family. Eddie was a wonderful person to know and he will be missed by his family. It was a pleasure meeting you
    forty years ago “Eddie” who always welcomed me to the family Love, Debbie and John Powers

  5. GWT says:

    To his family and friends sorry for your loss.Eddy will be missed ready to help any cause. May his memory be eternal

  6. Gail Doucett Brickles says:

    My sympathies to the entire family. Ed and I attended Tewksbury Memorial High together and graduated with the class of 1965. We connected on FB a few years ago. FB is wonderful!! being able to connect with friends from our past. My prayers to the entire family at this most difficult time. RIP ED

  7. Lisa Sullivan says:

    I’m so sorry to learn of Eddie’s passing. I worked with Eddie at UMass Lowell and remember he was alway a friendly face in my day. My thoughts are with your family.

  8. Kevin Tanguay says:

    So sad to hear of Ed’s passing. I have been servicing his heating system for many years and always enjoyed visiting with him. He will be missed.

  9. karen pringle says:

    My condolences to your family. Eddie was a classmate of mine.

  10. Millie and JC says:

    Rebecca, Jennifer, other family members and friends. We are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. He was a great grandpa to all the kids. He will be missed. Rest in Peace, Ed.

  11. Marguerite with Castro Realty says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We have worked with him for 20+years with the house in Florida. He was a wonderful man and i shared many a good laugh with him. He will be missed but now he can be with Marion watching the neverending sunsets. Rest in Peace

  12. Cornelius Barry says:

    To the Irwin family. Eddie was my dearest and good friend since childhood. Eddie will be surely missed. A wonderful man, husband and father. You may be gone but you will be in our hearts forever.
    Connie and Pauline Barry

  13. Gerri Pondelli says:

    Bill & Mary Lou & Irwin Family,
    So extremely sorry to hear of your loss. It is always so difficult to lose a sibling. Please try to keep the memories alive, and I’m sure he will always be in your hearts. By keeping the memories you will keep him near. My deepest sympathy to all of you. I know if he was anything like YOU Bill, he was a great man to know.. Love you xo xo

  14. Linda Lavallee Donohoe says:

    My condolences to Ed’s family and friends. I was a classmate of Ed’s from Tewksbury High School and have many good memories of Ed.

  15. Maureen Fortier Piermatteo says:

    My condolences to Ed’s family. We attended Tewksbury High School together and reconnected on Facebook a couple of years ago. He posted many uplifting prayers and quotes that I enjoyed reading. He will be missed. I am sure he is with his Lord and Savior. Rest in peace my friend.

  16. JoAnn Beissel says:

    I am without words in the passing of my great friend Ed. My first encounter with Ed was many years ago when he came in to the Notre Dame Police Department where I worked during one home game weekends. I was lucky enough to share my season tickets with him. Thus began a great friendship with both he and Marian. When I visited my family in Boston, Ed, Marian and I always got together. When he came in for a football weekend, we would visit the Grotto which Ed confessed to me,that while he loved Notre Dame football and the stadium, the Grotto was his favorite place on campus.

    I feel blessed that our paths in life have crossed. I shall always remember his infectious smile, kindness and the wonderful friendship we have.

    My prayers are prayers and love are with all of Ed’s family. God bless you all. May our Lord shine his face upon you and give you peace during this difficult time.

  17. Tom Irwin says:

    To Ed’s family, I offer my sincerest condolences. I still remember getting an email from Ed Irwin several years ago saying: “I think you are my cousin”. He was sure right about that; our Grandfathers were brothers. This Irwin family has its’ roots in South Boston but like most American families we have spread all over the country. I communicated with Ed on countless occasions but never actually met him in person although my wife and one of my daughters did manage to meet “Cousin Ed” in Southie several years ago. My wife assured me that he was as nice in person as he seemed in our communications. God Bless you Ed and may you rest in peace.

    Your Cousin,

  18. Janet murphy says:

    I was very saddened to learn of Ed.s passing. I am a neighbor and fellow Town Meeting Representative from Precinct 2. We didn,t know each other very long, but I enjoyed sitting with him at Town Meeting. He was nice man, and I will miss him.

  19. Diane nyren says:

    To all of the Irwin family, my sincere sympathy to you all. Eddie was definitely a special favorite cousin of mine. I enjoyed all our chats, and they always involved us saying “that’s the Irish in us”! I’m so thankful that my sisters and I got together with Eddie and Rebecca not long ago. I will miss him dearly. Eddie was a special guy for sure.

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