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SACKS, Irving Of Lynnfield, MA, Saturday, October 29, 2016. Died at the age of 90, peacefully, after a brief illness, and surrounded by family. Irving grew up in Dorchester and attended school in Boston. He graduated from Boston Latin High School. While in high school he worked afternoons and weekends in a shoe factory and later at the Boston Naval Shipyard cleaning out submarines. He served in World War II as a civilian employee as the assistant to the Naval Commander, Shipyard Boston. While there he invented a faster Gatling type loading system for torpedoes that reduced the firing time between each round. He also invented a hand held device to make instant French fries for the Navy. Irving continued his studies in Boston University. Shortly thereafter he was recruited by the Boston Post. After its closing he decided to open his own advertising agency which continued until 1975. In 1975 he saw a new trend in portable trade show displays. He became one of the pioneers of the exhibit industry and is still well known today as one of the Grandfathers. He was very active working with the Boston Fire Department to create fire prevention week and was later made an honorary chief of the department. For many years he was very active in Community Theater, playing many character roles. After retirement he spent many summers at his lake house in Moultonborough, NH. He still was very active as a member of the Governor's council on disabilities and was instrumental in the passing of new laws to benefit the disabled. Most of all, Irving loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, friends and business colleagues. He was a gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor, always ready with words of wisdom or a witty remark. He was a people person, always willing to lend a helping hand. He is survived by his wife, Roselyn, his daughter, Stefanie, his son, Stanton and his wife Judith, his grandchildren, Neal and Jessica, his nieces, Jackie and Jennifer and many cousins and friends. There will be a celebration of his life at the Salem Country Club, Saturday, November 12th at 1:00pm, 133 Forest Street, Peabody, MA 01960. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be sent to The Autism Research Foundation, c/o Dr. Margaret Bauman, 72 East Concord Street, Boston, MA 02118.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 6, 2016
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