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William Francis Irwin

September 15, 1945 - December 07, 2022


Obituary For William Francis Irwin

William Francis Irwin, 77, of Peabody, peacefully passed away on Wednesday December 7 at his home. Born in Ebbw Vale Wales, he was the son of the late Francis and Elizabeth (Mitchell) Irwin.

He was raised and educated in Peabody and a 1963 graduate of Peabody High School where he was the MVP of the Baseball Team. He continued his education at Community College-Indian Hills in Iowa and then at the University of New Mexico, where he continued playing on a baseball scholarship, receiving a degree in Physical Education and Biology.

Bill joined the Army Reserve in 1966 scoring highest in his class for Basic Training. He was honorably discharged in 1971. Bill was employed with the United States Postal Service and was a letter carrier on the North Shore for over 23 years before retiring in 2006.

He was an avid sports fan and followed the Boston area teams in every season as well as horse racing. He traveled to England, Wales, Australia, California and up & down the East Coast following Pro Golf Tournaments, always returning to his hometown. In his later years he traded his baseball glove for a Big Bertha. Once he was of age, he enjoyed playing in the Men’s Senior League at The Meadow Golf Course in Peabody. Bill was the Founding Member of “The Breakfast Club,” where 21 members of the Class of ’63 meet monthly, relive the good old days, discuss current events and share dreams for the future.

Bill is survived by many cousins in Massachusetts, Singapore, Australia and Wales. Services will be held in the spring of 2023.

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  • 01/06/2023

    Rest In Peace my friend . So many years of wonderful memories

  • 01/05/2023

    Sorry to see the passing of Bill, I've known Bill since the days of Little League Jim Seaberg

  • 01/01/2023

    Steve Spencer

  • 12/31/2022

    Billy was a good friend to my brothers and he frequently shared holidays and family get togethers with us. He will be missed by many. Sincerely, Susan Hargraves

  • 12/30/2022

    Rest in peace Billy.

  • 12/30/2022

    Sorry to hear of the passing of a fellow Little League Cardinal. Rest in peace Bill. Charlie Niemczyk

  • 12/30/2022

    Sad to hear Bill is gone. Many memories from growing up. Frank Maguire

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