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IRWIN, Leila Margaret

February 8, 1920 – April 29, 2014

Leila Margaret Irwin passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon April 29, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, with her family at her side, at the age of 94. She was born February 8, 1920 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to Mary Colloton (nee Russell) and Richard Ernest Colloton.

She is survived by her children, Albert Richard Irwin of Vancouver, Dr. Marsha Lee Anne Irwin (Alexander Laing) of Calgary, and Thomas Russell Irwin (Birgit) of Brisbane Australia; grandchildren Kelly Irwin, Jennifer, David (Olivia) and Rebecca (Adam Duron) Laing, and Adam Irwin; and great-grandchildren Hamish and Sabrina Laing. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Albert Keith Irwin in 2006 and also by her parents, seven sisters and two brothers.

She was born and went to school in Saskatoon, SK, followed by a move to Vancouver, BC where she met her husband, a decorated World War II navigator. They had a very happy life together for 57 years, in Princeton, Kamloops and Kelowna, BC. For the past four years she has resided in Calgary.

A woman of sparkling personality, she awed us with her piercing insights and independent spirit, amused us with her Irish wit, dazzled us with her beauty and embraced us with unqualified love. She will be greatly missed but her stories will live on forever.

A Celebration of Life will be held privately. Interment and Graveside Service will be held at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through A special thank you to all those who cared for her in her last weeks and months. In living memory of Leila Irwin a tree will be planted in Fish Creek Provincial Park.

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  1. Atkins and Moorthy family :

    Our deepest sympathies to the Laing and Irwin families. May your fondest memories of your mother and grandmother give you comfort at this time.

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  2. Dave Van Vliet :

    On behalf of myself, my family, and everyone at Waste ‘n WaterTech please accept our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you.

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  3. Ethel Bonell :

    Doug and I are sending our love to all of Lee’s family. She was always proud of her family and made a loving home for them.Our family was always welcome at their home,where we enjoyed her fun loving ways.She was there for Bert and my parents in their old age.

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  4. Linda Angstadt. (Reid) :

    Hi Marsha,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Jack and I have been living in Kamloops for 8 years and I have thought of you often. We do not keep up on the Princeton newspaper. Tonight I was checking out the Spotlight and saw your Mom’s obituary. I was shocked when I saw that they had been in Kamloops because one day when we first arrived I was at a drug store and a man whose name was Irwin was paged re a prescription. I thought of you and wondered if this could be a relative? Almost approached this elderly man. Sorry about your Mom. 94 years does seem amazing but I know that does not make the hurt any less. Nice to read that you have 3 children and a couple of grandkids.
    Our youngest son Scott lives in Kamloops with his amazing wife and 3 great kids. Jack Jr. Lives in Princeton and has one daughter so we are very blessed. I thought, if your Mom and Dad were in Kamloops we probably missed the opportunity to have a coffee. Anyways, you are always in my memories.
    Take care, Linda (Reid) Angstadt

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