March 10, 1944 – Edinburgh, Scotland
August 26, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta
We regret to announce the passing of Robert Michael (Mike) Irving on August 26, 2019 at the age of 75 years. He passed peacefully at home.
Mike was born in Edinburgh, Scotland to parents Georgina and Robert Irving. He was the middle child of five. His family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when Mike was twelve and he remained a faithful and diligent member throughout his entire life and served in many church callings. He immigrated to Canada in 1971 after his younger sister Pat visited Calgary and had many enthusiastic and convincing things to say about the city. Mike lived in Canada for the remainder of his life but never lost his love for Scotland.
Mike had a lifelong love for airplanes and flying and had dreams of becoming a pilot. He joined the Air Training Corps when he was fourteen and went onto pursue further training but was passed over due to too many qualified applicants. His passions further extended to a love of reading, being outside in nature, riding his bicycle, and watching car and motorcycle racing.
His children will especially miss his sense of humor and bad dad jokes that were often referred to as “groaners” and his support throughout every endeavour.
Mike will be dearly missed by his four children, Rebecca, Sarah (Michael), Alexander (Amanda), and Amy; his sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Alistair Robertson; brother-in-law Gary (Debbie) Campagnola; his brother and sister-in-law, James and Yvonne Irving; and many other family and friends. Mike was predeceased by his parents Georgina and Robert Irving and sisters Jean and Patricia.
Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, Parkland Chapel (14540 Parkland Blvd SE, Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. There will be a light lunch following the service in the Cultural hall. Condolences may be forwarded through www.McInnisandHolloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, #310, 6807 Railway Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2V6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901, www.parkinsonalberta.ca or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
In living memory of Mike Irving, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.Print This Obituary & Condolences